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Monday, Apr 13, 2015
The Cat Lady is a game that is interested in the horrors of grappling with depression and anxiety, despite its often horror-movie-inspired presentation.

For a video game designed within a game genre known for its often less spectacle-driven storytelling, The Cat Lady is surprisingly brutal, violent, and often appalling.


That being said, it is also a horror game that is more interested in the horrors of real life, depression and anxiety, than it is in its gorier and terrifying backdrop. This week we discuss the 2012 indie game and what it might have to say about the kind of horrors that real people grapple with everyday.


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Monday, Mar 30, 2015
While presented visually in the form of a cartoon, the game Valiant Hearts takes a serious look at the events and consequences of World War I

Valiant Hearts is not another first person shooter set in World War II. Instead, Valiant Hearts makes players puzzle through the oft forgotten significance of World War I to European history.


This week we discuss its choice of presenting the Great Conflict through cartoon aesthetics along with its puzzles and how these still manage to express the very serious events and consequences of World War I.


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Monday, Mar 16, 2015
If The Sims were created, not by Will Wright, but by a committed nihilist, This War of Mine might be the result.

The Sims meets nihilism in this life simulator set within a war torn urban center.


This War of Mine is provocative, and this week we discuss the emergent narratives that arise from playing this indie from 11 bit Studios.


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Wednesday, Mar 4, 2015
Shadow of Mordor tells a very stupid story, but we can't stop playing it.

Shadow of Mordor  features some beautifully designed mechanics, combat, and an innovative and interesting system, the Nemesis system, that approaches the development of your opponents in an innovative way.


It also tells a really stupid story.


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Monday, Feb 2, 2015
This week's podcast attempts to puzzle out the many stories of The Vanishing of Ethan Carter.

This week we discuss the much hyped and very pretty 2014 release, The Vanishing of Ethan Carter.


This is a puzzle game about storytelling, and we consider whether the sum of the game’s stories is worth more than its parts.


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