Valentine's Special - Doki Doki Literature Club (feat. Samer Farag)

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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.

Happy Valentimes, MisanthroPals!

#57 Interview with Rani Baker

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We talked about the striking games of witchy Portland-based developer Rani Baker back in Episode #51, so we thought it was about time to just have her on the show! Rani Baker joins Alva and Robert to discuss her games, her creative process, her inspirations, and haunted technology.

You can find Rani's work at Itch.io, GameJolt, Bandcamp, and Cracked, among other places. Be sure to check out her upcoming game DEATH SWORD, which you can currently help to crowdfund, and please consider supporting her on Patreon.

Save Point #05 The Idiot's Guide to Getting Started in Eorzea

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Robert invites Derek Heemsbergen of the Astral Era podcast and RPGFan to MisanthroPlay for a brief discussion of their individual histories with MMORPGs, before Robert prods Derek to explain what makes Final Fantasy XIV so special, as well as tips for newcomers on how to get to grips with its lush world.

Be sure to follow Derek on Twitter, listen to his podcasts Astral Era and Random Encounter, and check out his OpenCritic.

#55 Jeremy Blaustein on the Art of Localization

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Robert and Alva sit down with the multi-talented Jeremy Blaustein (Metal Gear Solid, Snatcher, Silent Hill 2, Shadow Hearts Covenant) to discuss his twenty-five year career in the Japanese games industry. We discuss the ups, the downs, the role of the translator as creator, the dilemma of translating Trump, and kiboshed Snatcher remakes and sequels.

Check out Jeremy's localization company at Babydragon.jp.

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Save Point #04 Dominique Pamplemousse in "It's All Over Once the Fat Lady Sings" (feat. Justyna Burzynska)

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In this mini-episode, Robert invites illustrator, whackademic, and prankster Justyna Burzynska for a discussion of Dominique Pamplemousse, the claymation point and click musical starring a genderqueer private eye. Even if you don't like musicals, there's a lot to enjoy here.

Follow Justyna on Twitter, Tumblr, or Instagram.