Misspent Youth is a LGBTIQA+ podcast on video games, why we play, and who we are. In the pilot episode, host Robert Fenner (@misanthrobob) talks about his experiences as an awe-struck toddler Yu Suzuki's arcade oeuvre, before consuming (and being consumed by) Phantasy Star as an early push-back against Midwestern masculine ideals. Later, he discovers Shin Megami Tensei, before falling in love with ZZT and its community as a means of queer expression and acceptance.
Surprise! Cocoa Controller's Samer Farag joins Robert for an in-depth and spoiler-filled discussion of Doki Doki Literature Club, a romance visual novel about Japanese high school girls, poetry, and definitely nothing else. It's best that you play it before listening, and you definitely should, as it's both free and short.
Folks, I know you were expecting your bi-weekly episode of MisanthroPlay on Friday, but unfortunately we need to take a few weeks off due to last minute scheduling conflicts. Don't worry, nothing's up, and the show will go on--the beginning of 2018 has been stupid busy, and it's just getting busier/stupider.
We hope to be back on track by March, and we will be squeezing in a couple of bonus episodes before then. But for now, here's a few things you may have missed.
The Supergiant Deep Look
We recorded a suite of episodes over December that showcase all three of Supergiant's games. Bastion, Transistor, and Pyre are three unique hybrid RPGs that each explore a world in flux, and what it means to put things right. You can find all three episodes here, and we hope you check them out because we think they're all quite good. Beware of spoilers, though.
Appearances on Retro Encounter
Robert made a few appearances on RPGFan's Retro Encounter this month, too. The first of which is an episode on OFF, Mortis Ghost's postmodern cult hit that ponders the nature of the Hero's Journey. He also took part in a round table on Chroma Squad, Behold Studios' Super Sentai send-up.
Thank you for bearing with us during this busy period. Be sure to check in on Friday for a mini-episode in which Alva and Robert discuss their first few hours with Monster Hunter: World.
We kick off MisanthroPlay Season 4 the only way we know how: hurriedly trying to cram 35 games of 2017 into an hour and forty-five minute podcast. Happy New Year, from us to you!
The Games of 2017: ARMs, Assassin's Creed Origins, Cuphead, Danganronpa V3, Dead Cells, Destiny 2, Detention, Dropmix, The Evil Within 2, For Honor, Hellblade, Golf Story, Gravity Rush 2, Horizon: Zero Dawn, Injustice 2, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, NieR Automata, Night in the Woods, Nioh, Observer, Persona 5, Prey, Pyre, Resident Evil 7, Ruiner, Shadow of War, Super Mario Odyssey, Tekken 7, WhiteDay: A Labyrinth Named School, Wipeout Omega Collection, Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus, Xenoblade Chronicles 2, Yakuza 0, Ys VIII
We talked about the striking games of witchy Portland-based developer Rani Baker back in Episode #51, so we thought it was about time to just have her on the show! Rani Baker joins Alva and Robert to discuss her games, her creative process, her inspirations, and haunted technology.
You can find Rani's work at Itch.io, GameJolt, Bandcamp, and Cracked, among other places. Be sure to check out her upcoming game DEATH SWORD, which you can currently help to crowdfund, and please consider supporting her on Patreon.