#68 Magical Golden Sound Shower

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Robert and Alva are back to share some of their favourite video game music with each other, and with you.

Tracks featured:

Hustlers’ Concept - “Loin” (from Black/Matrix)
Atsunori Namba - “Samurai Gunman ~ Shin Za Zaan” (from Rising Zan: The Samurai Gunman)
Masashi Hamauzu - “Aussenwelt” (from SaGa Frontier II)
Rob Hubbard - “Loading” (from Sanxion)
Masafumi Takada - “Where Angels Play” (from Killer7)
Zuntata - “Daddy Mulk” (from The Ninja Warriors)
Hidehito Aoki - “City 1 ~ School Revisited” (from Revelations: Persona)
John Foxx - “Into the Wonderful” (from Gods)
Mieko Ishikawa - “Trading Village of Redmont” (from Ys III: Wanderers from Ys)
Kenichiro Fukui - “Badlands” (from Einhänder)
Masashi Hamauzu - “DG - ‘Sadness’” (from Unlimited Saga)
Jake Kaufman - “Caught Red Handed” (from Mighty Switch Force)
Toshiko Tasaki - “Kuzunoha Detective Agency” (from Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner)

#67 Howard was a Twitch

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episode #67

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We bring out the calipers to talk about the problematic legacy of Howard Phillips Lovecraft, and how games such as Bloodborne, Cultist Simulator, Sunless Sea, and Garfield Kart make a case for cosmic horror to leave the author behind.

We Play: Call of Cthulhu, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, Death Mark.

Music this week is “Imps of the Perverse” and “The Evil Clergyman” by Rudimentary Peni

#66 Dysphoria Combo Pak

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episode #66

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

This week, Robert and Alva 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.

We also have a related conversation on the now-outdated Cyberpunk 2077 transphobic tweet debacle (since the recording of this podcast, CDPR’s social media manager has been outed as a proper bigot chud), and the trans character Rosetta seen in the Valkyria Chronicles 4 demo.

We Play: Food Fantasy, Shin Megami Tensei Dx2, Dead Cells.

#65 Top o' the Table to Ya

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Robert and Alva are BACK, to talk about the symbiotic relationship between video games and tabletop games. We talk Steve Jackson Games, Operation Sundevil, the weird systems of Palladium's Robotech RPG, Baten Kaitos, Fallout's origins as a GURPS adaptation, and how apps are becoming more and more ubiquitous as gamemaster stand-ins.

We Play: Cultist Simulator, Mad Max, and Battletech.

#64 Undead Souls

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The servers may be dead, but MisanthroPlay lives: Alva and Robert discuss the impact of Demon's Souls, FromSoft's unlikely and esoteric action RPG that would forever change the face of video games. Even after all these years, we still don't know how World Tendency works.

Also, We Play Far Cry 5, Swords of Ditto, Sky Rogue, and a return to No Man's Sky.