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.


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.

MisanthroPlay Valentine's Day Special - Doki Doki Literature Club

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.

Listen here.

MisanthroPlay 2018: The State of the Podcast

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.