Hosted by game critics Robert Fenner and Alva Chua and currently airing bi-weekly on Fridays, the first half of each episode of MisanthroPlay is focused on a close examination of a theme within games, which can be anything from concepts, genres, and even entire games themselves. In the second half, Robert and Alva discuss what games they've been playing that week.
Jus' two friends who love interactive narrative, unique mechanics and underground weirdness just as much as they do established franchises and big spectacle.
Below you'll find our index of past episodes. You'll want to head to the blog to see the latest, but here you can easily look through our archive for past topics that might strike your fancy.
#52 A Dirty Pair of Shooters (30 September 2017)
We blast through 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
#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~.
#49 Space Invaders are Smoking Grass (10 August 2017)
Doot, doot, doot doot.
We Play: Polybius, My Father's Long, Long Legs, Tourist, Vostok Inc., Dandy Dungeon.
#48 Edith Becomes Her (4 August 2017)
A spoiler-filled deep dive into What Remains of Edith Finch.
We Play: Splatoon 2, Severed, Pyre, Root Double.
#47.5 Cool Sexy Guy Costumes (28 July 2017)
Short n Sweet.
We Play: Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age, Prey, Victor Vran, Injustice 2.
#47 In Exile (20 July 2017)
Sadler&Rumi&Kindi&Fakhyle&Yuug. It's Exile / XZR II, from Nippon Telenet.
#46 Damn, Dracula Has a Point (14 July 2017)
We discuss 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)
Destroy them all!
We Play: Prey, Cosmic Star Heroine, BIrthdays: the Beginning, Injustice 2, The Caligula Effect, Strafe
#43 In Between Days (25 May 2017)
And in between games.
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)
Guest: Heidi Kemps (Gaming.moe)
#41 The Legacy of Archon (1 May 2017)
Chess + Turn-Based Strategy + Arcade Combat = Arch000n!
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)
Breath of the What?
We Play: Xanadu Next, Titanfall 2, Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare
#38 The Nintendo Power Bottom (16 March 2017)
Alva bought a Switch. Robert didn't. Can these two knuckleheads get along? Tune in 9.30/8.30 central.
We Play: The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Horizon: Zero Dawn, NieR Automata
#37 An Interlude (3 March 2017)
Have you heard the good news? Games are good.
We Play: Nioh, Night in the Woods, Detention, For Honor.
#36 Even on a Podcast, F-O-E! (16 February 2017)
Etrian Odyssey is 10 years old, and so are we. I mean, we're old, but we're not 10 years old.
We Play: Dandy Dungeon, Gravity Rush 2, Tales of Berseria, Yakuza 5.
#35 Interview with Jordan Reyne / Resident Evil VII Impressions (3 February 2017)
Go Tell Aunt Rhody that her song is pretty spooky.
Guest: Jordan Reyne (Bandcamp)
We Play: Resident Evil VII Biohazard
#34 Limbo / Inside (27 January 2017)
A deep-dive into Playdead's duo of atmospheric cult hits.
#33 Whip in Your Valis (13 January 2017)
We ring in the new year with a tribute to Valis: The Fantasm Soldier. Telenet Forever!
We Play: The Last Guardian, Steins;Gate 0, Shantae: Half Genie Hero, Stardew Valley.
#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)
Boldly going all over the damn place.
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)
Neo Geo Neo Geo!
We Play: Dead Rising 4, Let it Die, Pokémon Sun & Moon, Dragon Quest VII
Also: Cat Chat
#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)
Post-election 2016 is a brave new world, but we'll always have ninjas.
We Play: Dishonored 2, Dishonored 1, Watch Dogs 2
#26 Power Suit Paladins and Mages with Mullets (25 November 2016)
Ultima, Wizardry, Falcom. It's PC RPGs of the 80s. Top that.
We Play: Out There, Reigns, No Man's Sky
#25 Racing Down the Information Superhighway at the Speed of Light (18 November 2016)
Pull up to the cyber bumper, baby.
We Play: Redout, Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey, Everspace
#24 Punk, Cyber Style (4 November 2016)
Grab your cyberdeck and get jacked in to our dystopic special.
We Play: Abzu, Quadrilateral Cowboy, Stellaris, Shiren the Wanderer V, Little Noah/Battle Champs, TiltBrush
#23 Video Game Nasties (28 October 2016)
We look at the 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)
We do a deep dive into Variable State's outstanding debut. Be sure to play the game through before listening.
#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)
Beefy boys wail on each other, it's a whale of a time.
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)
We salute Westone's wonderfully weird series and its licensed offshoots, including Adventure Island, Dynastic Hero and more.
We Play: Odin Sphere Leifthrasir, Zero Time Dilemma, Uncharted 4, Tokyo Mirage Sessions
#17 Space is the Place (5 August 2016)
We take to the stars in our favorite space flight simulators.
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)
We look at Sega's finest 90s offerings, and forget to mention Sonic.
We Play: Subnautica, Kirby Planet Robobot, Dolphin VR,Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness, Black Closet
#15 Pinball Gizzards (8 July 2016)
Amazing pinball tables and the games they inspired. Including Yoot Saito's insane Odama.
We Play: Magical Eyes, Ozmafia!!, The Witcher 3, Vanquish, and Alva buys an HTC Vive.
#14 Guilty Pleasures (24 June 2016)
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 a look at 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
#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).