London's favourite video games podcast for people who hate video games.

Hosted by Robert Fenner (he/him) and Alva Chua (she/her), MisanthroPlay is a video games podcast that approaches the medium from a leftist perspective. Frequently comedic with an appreciation for unusual narrative, unique mechanics, and underground weirdness, as well as big spectacle.

Index of past episodes below, head to the blog / subscribe to our RSS feed to see the latest.

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Season 5 (2019)

#76 Zanking Off At My Job (12 May 2019)
Topic: None
We Play: Zanki Zero, Katana Zero, Heaven’s Vault, Mortal Kombat XI, Sekiro

#75 Springtime for Vidya (29 April 2019)
Topic: Game development
We Play: Resident Evil 2 Remake, Devil May Cry 5, The Division 2, Warframe

#74 Capitalism Sucks Part 396 of ??? (11 March 2019)
Topic: Advertising
We Play: Ape Out, La Mulana

#73 Oh My! You’re a Shy Queen. Not I! I’m a Sky Queen (5 February 2019)
Topic: Sunless Skies
We Discuss: FFXIV Shadowbringers, Subnautica, Resident Evil 2 Remake, Ace Combat 7.

Season 4 (2018)

#72 The 2018 Awards Show Spectacular (12 January 2019)
Topic: The Games of 2018

#71 Xmas With MisanthroPlay (25 December 2018)
Topic: Mary Crismis
We Play: Tetris Effect, Far Cry 5, Hollow Knight, Soul Calibur VI, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Hacknet.

#70 What’s All This Bungie Business, Then? (21 December 2018)
Topic: Bungie and lore.

#69 No Im Not Big Hat Cowboy (14 December 2018)
Topic: Red Dead Redemption 2 and labour practices
We Play: Pokémon Let’s Go, Evee!, The Lost Child, Mega Man X, SNK 40th Anniversary Collection

#68 Magical Golden Sound Shower (7 December 2018)
Topic: Music episode

#67 Howard Was a Twitch (6 November 2018)
Topic: H.P. Lovecraft and racism.
We Play: Call of Cthulhu, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, Death Mark.

#66 Dysphoria Combo Pak (26 October 2018)
Topic: Gender dysphoria, body dysmorphia, Diaries of a Spaceport Janitor, Anatomy, dys4ia
We Play: Food Fantasy, SMT Dx2, Dead Cells

#65 Top o’ the Table to Ya (18 June 2018)
Topic: The relationship between tabletop and computer games
We Play: Cultist Simulator, Mad Max, Battletech

#64 Undead Souls (18 May 2018)
Topic: Demon’s Souls
We Play: Far Cry 5, Swords of Ditto, Sky Rogue, No Man’s Sky

#63 Back from Hiatus (2 March 2018)
We Play: Shadow of the Colossus, Romancing SaGa 2, Celeste, Iconoclasts, Full Metal Furies, Zwei: The Ilvard Insurrection, Bayonetta 2

Valentine's Special (14 February 2018)
Topic: Doki Doki Literature Club
Guest: Samer Farag (Cocoa Controller)

Save Point #06 Tha Trill of tha Hunt (9 February 2018)
Topic: Monster Hunter: World

Season 3 (2017)

#62 Pyre (Supergiant Deep Look Ep. 3) (19 January 2018)
Topic: Pyre

#61 The Year is 201X (12 January 2018)
Topic: 2017 in Review

#60 Am I Being Detained? (07 January 2018)
Topic: Detention
We Play: Xenoblade Chronicles 2, Horizon Zero Dawn

#59 Transistor (Supergiant Deep Look Ep. 2) (28 December 2017)
Topic: Transistor

#58 Bastion (Supergiant Deep Look ep 1) (16 December 2017)
Topic: Bastion
We Play: Xenoblade Chronicles 2

#57 Interview with Rani Baker (02 December 2017)
Topic: Rani Baker talks to us about her games, the upcoming DEATH SWORD, creativity, and influences.
Guest: Rani Baker (Itch, Patreon)

Save Point #05 The Idiot's Guide to Getting Started in Eorzea (24 November 2017)
Topic: Final Fantasy XIV for Beginners
Guest: Derek Heemsbergen (Astral Era, RPGFan)

#56 Exploitation, Life Hacks, Nice Hats and Cats (17 November 2017)
We Play: Choice of the Cat, Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus, Lufia 2: Rise of the Sinistrals, Super Mario Odyssey.

#55 Jeremy Blaustein on the Art of Localization (14 November 2017)
Topic: Localization and game narrative design
Guest: Jeremy Blaustein

#54 Pock Rockin' Beats (27 October 2017)
Topic: Kiki Kaikai / Pocky & Rocky
We Play: Middle Earth: Shadow of War, Not The Evil Within 2, Ys 8

#53 Compile Taster (16 October 2017)
Topic: Blazing Lazers/GunHed, M.U.S.H.A Aleste, Robo Aleste, Space Megaforce/Super Aleste
We Play: Danmaku Unlimited 3, Blue Reflection, Ruiner, Cuphead

#52 A Dirty Pair of Shooters (30 September 2017)
Topic: Trouble Shooter & Battle Mania Daiginjou
We Play: Destiny 2, WhiteDay: A Labyrinth Named School, Ys VII: Lacrimosa of Dana, the Etrian Odyssey V demo, Amazon's Running Diet

#51 Creator Showcase: We Dig Rani Baker (15 September 2017)
Topic: Rani's games.
We Play: Hellblade, Ultra Despair Girls, Vostok Inc., Rez Infinite, Downwell, Hitman 2016.

#50 Over the Hill (31 August 2017)
We made it. And we read your letters.
We Play: Sonic Mania, Ys SEVEN, No Man's Sky, Apathy ~Midnight Collection Vol. 1~.

Save Point #04 Dominique Pamplemousse (24 August 2017)
We play the musical point-and-click starring the titular genderqueer private eye.
Guest: Justyna Burzynska

#49 Space Invaders are Smoking Grass (10 August 2017)
Topic: (Almost) 40 Years of Space Invaders
We Play: Polybius, My Father's Long, Long Legs, Tourist, Vostok Inc., Dandy Dungeon.

#48 Edith Becomes Her (4 August 2017)
Topic: What Remains of Edith Finch [Spoilers]
We Play: Splatoon 2, Severed, Pyre, Root Double.

#47.5 Cool Sexy Guy Costumes (28 July 2017)
Topic: None
We Play: Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age, Prey, Victor Vran, Injustice 2.

#47 Fear and Loathing on the Crusade Trail 1095-1099 (20 July 2017)
Topic: Exile [Nippon Telenet]

#46 Damn, Dracula Has a Point (14 July 2017)
Topic: Netflix's Castlevania.
We Play: WipEout Omega Collection, Hot Tin Roof: The Cat Wore a Fedora, Dishonored 2.

#45 E3 Summer Vacation (6 July 2017)
Robert went to E3!
We Play: Dead Cells, River City: Knights of Justice, ARMS.

#44 Gunstar Weirdos (22 June 2017)
Topic: Gunstar Heroes
We Play: Prey, Cosmic Star Heroine, BIrthdays: the Beginning,  Injustice 2, The Caligula Effect, Strafe

#43 In Between Days (25 May 2017)
Topic: None
We Play: Wonder Boy: The Dragon's Trap, Tumbleseed, Flinthook, Prey, The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky the 3rd

#42 The Depressing, Mixed-Up Case Files of Yoko Taro (11 May 2017)
Topic: Yoko Taro, Drakengard, NieR
Guest: Heidi Kemps (

#41 The Legacy of Archon (1 May 2017)
Topic: Archon
We Play: Persona 5

#40 MisanthroPlay's Top Ten RPGs (14 April 2017)
Alva and Robert deliberate on King of R.P.G.

Lost Episode - The Clones of Zelda (30 March 2017)
Topic: Zelda Clones
We Play: Xanadu Next, Titanfall 2, Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare

#38 The Nintendo Power Bottom (16 March 2017)
Topic: Alva Buys a Switch
We Play: The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Horizon: Zero Dawn, NieR Automata

#37 An Interlude (3 March 2017)
Topic: None
We Play: Nioh, Night in the Woods, Detention, For Honor.

#36 Even on a Podcast, F-O-E! (16 February 2017)
Topic: Etrian Odyssey's 10 Year Anniversary
We Play: Dandy Dungeon, Gravity Rush 2, Tales of Berseria, Yakuza 5.

#35 Interview with Jordan Reyne / Resident Evil VII Impressions (3 February 2017)
Topic: Interview with Jordan Reyne, Singer of "Go Tell Aunt Rhody"
Guest: Jordan Reyne (Bandcamp)
We Play: Resident Evil VII Biohazard

#34 Limbo / Inside (27 January 2017)
Topic: ...Limbo / Inside

#33 Whip in Your Valis (13 January 2017)
Topic: Valis: The Fantasm Soldier. 
We Play: The Last Guardian, Steins;Gate 0, Shantae: Half Genie Hero, Stardew Valley.

Season 2 (2016)

#32 2016 in Review (6 January 2017)
Jeers to 2016, but Cheers to gr8 vidya!
We Honor: Dark Souls 3, Darkest Dungeon, Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, Dishonored 2, Dragon Quest Builders, Final Fantasy XV, Firewatch, Google Earth VR, Hitman, The HTC Vive, Inside, The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel, Mafia 3, No Man's Sky, Odin Sphere: Leifthrasir, Owlboy, Salt & Sanctuary, Shiren the Wanderer, Stardew Valley, SUPERHOT, Thumper, Tiltbrush, Titanfall 2, Virginia, Watch Dogs 2, XCOM 2. Phew!

#31 Fifty Years of Star Trek (30 December 2016)
Topic: Star Trek Games
We Play: Destiny: The Rise of Iron, Trails of Cold Steel 2, Phoenix Wright: Spirit of Justice, Duelyst.

#30 Four Bright Buttons and Two Joysticks (23 December 2016)
Topic: Neo Geo
We Play: Dead Rising 4, Let it Die, Pokémon Sun & Moon, Dragon Quest VII
Also: Cat Chat

#29 A Kou Shibusawa Podcast (16 December 2016)
Topic: Koei
We Play: No Man's Sky, The Witcher 3, Leap of Fate, Deus Ex Go

#28 Fifteen Hours with Final Fantasy XV (9 December 2016)
Ten years in the making, does this troubled title measure up? (Spoilers: Yes)
We Play: A heapin' helpin' of Final Fantasy XV.

#27 Ninja Cucks (2 December 2016)
Topic: Ninja Games, Post-Election Depression
We Play: Dishonored 2, Dishonored 1, Watch Dogs 2

#26 Power Suit Paladins and Mages with Mullets (25 November 2016)
Topic: 1980s PC RPGs
We Play: Out There, Reigns, No Man's Sky

#25 Racing Down the Information Superhighway at the Speed of Light (18 November 2016)
Topic: Futuristic Racing Games
We Play: Redout, Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey, Everspace

#24 Punk, Cyber Style (4 November 2016)
Topic: Cyberpunk Games
We Play: Abzu, Quadrilateral Cowboy, Stellaris, Shiren the Wanderer V, Little Noah/Battle Champs, TiltBrush

#23 Video Game Nasties (28 October 2016)
Topic: Games that would give Joe Lieberman a coronary and make Mary Whitehouse spin in her grave.
We Play: Mafia 3, Shin Megami Tensei IV APOCALYPSE, Battlefield 1, Thumper

#22 Survival Horror History Lesson (14 October 2016)
We ask what makes Survival Horror, Survival Horror? We look at the genre's genesis with Sweet Home all the way up to The Last of Us, with everything in between.

Save Point #03 Virginia Spoilercast (30 September 2016)
Topic: Virginia [Spoilers]

#21 The Persona 20th Anniversary Extravaganza (23 September 2016)
Persona 5 is finally out in Japan, just in time for the series 20th anniversary. We look at it from start to finish.
Guest: Bob Mackey (Retronauts)
We Play: Halcyon 6, Kyuuyaku Megami Tensei, Space Pirate Trainer, Psycho-Pass: Mandatory Happiness, Solitairica

#20 Beat them Up (16 September 2016)
Topic: Beat `em Ups
We Play: Mirror's Edge Catalyst, Panzer Dragoon Saga, Shining the Holy Ark, Soul Sacrifice Delta, Furi, HTC Vive, Pokemon Go

#19 A Quarter Century of Super Nintendo (2 September 2016)
25 Years of Super Nintendo? Well that's just...Super!
We Play: Deus Ex: Mankind Divided
We Watch: Final Fantasy XV Kingsglaive

#18 Wonder Boy in Licensee Land (18 August 2016)
Topic: Wonder Boy, Adventure Island, Off-shoots
We Play: Odin Sphere Leifthrasir, Zero Time Dilemma, Uncharted 4, Tokyo Mirage Sessions

#17 Space is the Place (5 August 2016)
Topic: Space Flight Sims
We Play: The Witcher 3, ADR1FT VR, Earth Defense Force 4.1, Star Realms, Twilight Struggle, I am Setsuna, Oxenfree

#16(bit) The Sega Saga: Mega Drive & Saturn (22 July 2016)
Topic: Sega in the `90s
We Play: Subnautica, Kirby Planet Robobot, Dolphin VR,Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness, Black Closet

#15 Pinball Gizzards (8 July 2016)
Topic: Pinball, Video Pinball, Yoot Saito's Odama.
We Play: Magical Eyes, Ozmafia!!, The Witcher 3, Vanquish, and Alva buys an HTC Vive.

#14 Guilty Pleasures (24 June 2016)
Topic: Clickers, idle games, Senran Kagura. Enjoyable games that make us feel great shame.
We Play: Brigador, Wasteland 2, The Banner Saga, Valkyria Chronicles Remastered, Overwatch, Momodora 4

Special - E3 2016 Reactions (20 June 2016)
The wild ride that is E3 has come and gone for another year, but not before Alva and Robert react to its sights and sounds from afar. Also, Borscht tries to eat our microphones.

#13 Remembering the Xbox 360 (10 June 2016)
Microsoft stopped manufacturing the 360, so we share our memories.
We Play: Uncharted 4, Momodora 4, DOOM 4, Trails of Cold Steel 1

#12 Castlemania! (27 May 2016)
A gigantic look at Castlevania, with a lovely music-listening interlude.

Save Point #02 Kara no Shōjo (6 May 2016)
A quick look at Innocent Grey's Shouwa-era detective eroge.

#11 Dork Souls III (22 April 2016)
Dark Souls 3 is finally out, and that's exciting!
We Play: Steins;Gate, ADR1FT

#10 A Procedurally Generated Podcast (15 April 2016)
A look at the successes and failures of procedural generation, from Rogue and Roguelikes to Bethesda's ill-fated Radiant AI.
We Play: Dark Souls 1 & 2, Hyper Light Drifter, Enter the Gungeon, Stranger of Sword City, Legend of Grimrock

Save Point #01 Snatcher (8 April 2016)
A short episode about Hideo Kojima's cyberpunk thriller, Snatcher.

#09 A Weekend in Hell (25 March 2016)
In the spirit of Good Friday, we look at games that depict Hell. Doom, Youkai Dochuuki, Devil Daggers and more.

#08 Idol Chatter (11 March 2016)
A podcast full of new games, and our ethical dilemma with Atlus' upcoming Tokyo Mirage Sessions.
We Play: Far Cry Primal, Bravely Second: End Layer, Fire Emblem Fates: Conquest, Stranger of Sword City, XCOM 2, SUPERHOT

#07 Fire Watch With Us (5 March 2016)
A thorough look at Campo Santo's debut adventure Firewatch, and its excellent dialogue.
We play: Far Cry Primal, Mario & Luigi Paper Jam, Steel Empire 3D

#06 Xeno Gear Solid?! (18 February 2016)
Our first episode of 2016 looks at meaningful quest design in recent open world games, as we compare and contrast the systems of Fallout 4, Xenoblade Chronicles X, Just Cause 3 and Batman: Arkham Knight. We also briefly look at East-West cross-pollination evident in Xenoblade Chronicles X and XCOM2.
We Play: The Witness, Homeworld in Deserts of Kharak, Pathologic HD and Final Fantasy Explorers

Season 1 (2015)

#05 2015 in Review (31 December 2015)
Robert and Alva discuss their favorite games of 2015.

#04 SOMA (24 December 2015)
A deep dive into Frictional Games' long awaited SOMA, an undersea existentialist horror adventure.

#03 Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain (18 November 2015)
An exhaustive look at Hideo Kojima's final Metal Gear title, from start to finish.

#02 The Legacy of Assault Suits (22 September 2015)
Robert Fenner and Alva Chua look at NCS Masaya's Assault Suits series and the games it went on to influence, such as Metal Warriors, Front Mission Gun Hazard, Gigantic Army and Gunhound

#01 Faria! (23 March 2015)
A quick look at Game Arts' action RPG for Famicom, which features an early, odd look at transgenderism in video games. Directed by the late Takeshi Miyaji (Lunar, Grandia).