The End of MisanthroPlay


Starting in early 2018, you may have noticed that MisanthroPlay Podcast started to break from its bi-weekly schedule, becoming less and less frequent until episodes stopped altogether in May 2019. Scheduling conflicts and our own projects have made it increasingly difficult for us to get together regularly, so Alva and I made the mutual decision to officially put a cap on the show.

This was an incredibly difficult decision for us both to make, as we’re very proud of what we managed to achieve over the course of the past four years. I’m afraid there won’t be one last hurrah episode, but we would like to curate a handful of our favourites.

#10 A Procedurally Generated Podcast (Apr 15, 2016) - On procedural generation and the construction of the roguelike

#18 Wonder Boy in Licensee Land (Aug 19, 2016) - The woolly history of Wonder Boy, Adventure Island, and all its licensed incarnations

#42 The Depressing, Mixed Up Case Files of Yoko Taro feat. Heidi Kemps (May 11, 2017) - Heidi Kemps of joins us to look at Yoko Taro’s eccentric career in the immediate wake of Nier Automata’s release.

#53 Compile Taster (October 16, 2017) - Why Aleste is So Damn Good

#55 Jeremy Blaustein on the Art of Localization (Nov 14,2017) - Jeremy Blaustein (Snatcher, Metal Gear Solid, Castlevania SOTN, Silent Hill 2) gives us a peek behind the curtain on his 25+ year career in games localization.

#66 Dysphoria Combo Pak (October 26, 2018) - Gender dysphoria, body dysmorphia, and three indie games that deftly tackle these subjects.

So yeah, that’s us, I guess. I’m not particularly great about endings or goodbyes, but I will say that working together with Alva has been a joy and I feel that, in our brief time working together, we managed to put out some very exciting games critique that you couldn’t get anywhere else.

Alva’s got some performance art in the pipeline, and although it’s not ready to be revealed, follow her at @vinomatic for updates. You know where to find me, I’m @nurvuss as always, and you can subscribe to the (sporadic) podcast Gamer Words if you like. I’ve got a few more things I’m working at on the moment, and hope to make an official announcement soon.

See you, space gameboys.


Gamer Words

a new podcast
old, out of touch leftists talk video games.
starring ollie, huw, adam, and rob.
happy birthday warden kurt.

#1 Inauguration of the Supreme Soviets

Ollie, Rob, Adam, and Huw discuss the woolly world of game translation, from the golden age of romhacking to the rise and fall of Working Designs. We finish with dramatic readings of WildBill’s strangely right-wing scripts for FEDA: The Emblem of Justice and Super Shell Monsters Story.

MisanthroPlay Season 5


It’s the start of MisanthroPlay Season 5(!!) and we attended the Sunless Skies launch event at Failbetter Games’ South London office. We talk a little bit about that experience, and a whole lot about the first 10 hours of Sunless Skies, an unconventional and fiercely literary RPG that understands the potential of steampunk without stumbling down the common pro-imperialist pitfalls.

Please check it out over on the main feed.

MisanthroPlay Returns! Episode #66 - Dysphoria Combo Pak


Content Warning: discussions on dysphoria, dysmorphia, anorexia, depression

MisanthroPlay returns from hiatus to have an extended discussion on their own experiences with gender dysphoria, body dysmorphia, and the general horror and malaise of existence, before exploring a trio of excellent games that explore these themes: Sundae Month’s Diaries of a Spaceport Janitor, Kitty Horrorshow’s Anatomy, and Anna Anthropy’s dys4ia.

Listen here.

Misspent Youth: A New Podcast from MisanthroPop

misspent youth

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.

Listen here