#07 Hannah Flynn - I love strange singular experiences, novelty, and tat.

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#07 Hannah Flynn

 

 

I love strange singular experiences, novelty, and tat.

Hannah Flynn (Failbetter Games) joins Robert to discuss her journey from being a Sega kid, through the world of publishing, to her career as communications manager for a studio that specialises in flexibile interactive narrative, and how exciting it can be when interests and hobbies intersect. 

Also: Failbetter's upcoming Sunless Skies, the importance of authenticity when writing representation, beating teenage boys at Sonic 2, musical theatre, chasing actors at PunchDrunk performances, The Sexy Brutale, social gaming, adjusting to motherhood, the horrors of London real estate, and Douglas Adams' bathtub.

Follow Hannah on Twitter @itshannahflynn, and Failbetter Games on Twitter @failbettergames & Instagram @failbetter_games

Intro Music "Summer Vacation in Scanline" by Nurvuss
Outro Music "トワイライトでHEART-BEAT" by パフェ♥カフェparfait♥cafe

#06 Seb Grey - Everyone hates the Water Temple. It's my favourite.

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#06 Seb Grey

Everyone hates the Water Temple. It's my favourite.

Developer and Musician Seb Grey (Fashion Shuriken) comes in for a freewheeling discussion on the wonder of the N64, fantastical open worlds, how strong localization can elevate a work, what it means for a game to be "good", and using Link's Awakening as a conduit to conquer anxiety.

Also: the positive influence of Shovel Knight, Xenoblade Chronicles 2's merman aviator pastry chef, and the failed romance between Jeremy Corbyn and Grace Jones.

Intro Music "Summer Vacation in Scanline" by Nurvuss
Outro Music "トワイライトでHEART-BEAT" by パフェ♥カフェparfait♥cafe

#05 Emily Rose England - Final Fantasy VII is, unintentionally, very feminist.

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#05 Emily Rose England

Final Fantasy VII is, unintentionally, very feminist.

Artist and photographer Emily Rose England (Sassitude) joins us to talk about how she processed depression and anxiety through the joy of emulation, feminine power dynamics in Final Fantasy VII, and how the graphical limitations of Link's Awakening allowed her to interpret Link as gender-ambiguous.

Follow Emily on Instagram @emilyroseengland, and buy her art so she can get a Playstation 4.

Intro Music "Summer Vacation in Scanline" by Nurvuss
Outro Music "トワイライトでHEART-BEAT" by パフェ♥カフェparfait♥cafe

#04 Samer Farag - Where can I get the video game narrative equivalent to East of Eden?

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#04 Samer Farag

Where can I get the video game narrative equivalent to East of Eden?

Samer Farag of Cocoa Controller joins Robert to discuss his early experiences playing The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening and Ocarina of Time back-to-back, learning to read through fantasy novels and RPGs, and the elusive search for good writing inspiring his drive to critique.

We also talk cyberpunk, Metal Gear Solid 2, Deus Ex, rediscovering the joy of fighting games through Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late[st], toxicity in fandom and the need for progressive games communities, how representation in Watch Dogs 2 and Assassin's Creed Origins revitalises the AAA formula, the struggle to stay motivated in web 2.0's sea of talented creators, The Caligula Effect, our shared feelings on Hideo Baba and Katsura Hashino, and the key difference between Fumito Ueda and Hideo Kojima.

Follow Samer on Twitter @eightbitsamurai and Cocoa Controller @CocoaController

Intro Music "Summer Vacation in Scanline" by Nurvuss
Intermission Music "Mast in the Mist" by Yoko Kanno (from Koei Game Music Works: Kanno Yoko Collections 〜 Uncharted Waters 2)
Outro Music "トワイライトでHEART-BEAT" by パフェ♥カフェparfait♥cafe

#03 Alva Chua - "Beloved fiction franchises are stories told around the spirit of something."

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#03 Alva Chua

Beloved fiction franchises are stories told around the spirit of something.

Alva Chua (MisanthroPlay) shares tales of her misspent youth across the globe; from getting drunk on Babycham and playing Space Invaders at age 4 in an English beer garden, seeing the first McDonald's open in Yugoslavia, to scouring (and working in) a physical black market for computer games in Singapore.

We also talk coding Eliza on an Atari 2600 PC, teaching oneself spells in Ultima IV without a manual, illicit console ownership, the beauty of shmups, playing Leisure Suit Larry in school, Chuck Yeager's flight sims, immersion, gate-keeping nerds through the lens of Lyotard, and what happens when you ask questions in Delta Force.

Follow Alva on twitter @vinomatic

Intro Music "Summer Vacation in Scanline" by Nurvuss
Intermission Music "At a Harbour" by Tadahiro Nitta & Ryuji Sasai, from Xak II: Rising of the Redmoon
Outro Music "トワイライトでHEART-BEAT" by パフェ♥カフェparfait♥cafe

#02 Jonathan Sims - "The suburb wasn't a collection of 90s American dreams, it was a labyrinth and we were imprisoned there."

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#02 Jonathan Sims

The suburb wasn't a collection of `90s American dreams, it was a labyrinth and we were imprisoned there.

Filmmaker and VFX artist Jonathan Sims (DREAMTIME VR, Upcoming Invader Zim Feature, American Gods) joins Robert Fenner for an in-depth discussion on dreams and the imagination, how The Legend of Zelda informed childhood exploration in vaporwave-y `90s Arizona, RPGs of the Price Club bargain bin, the World of Darkness tabletop setting as a means of storytelling, trolling in Overwatch, devious brothers at Christmas, Swedish death metal and Bloodborne, and reading James Joyce on the toilet.

Follow Jonathan on Twitter @simsmode and Instagram @simsmode.

Intro Music "Summer Vacation in Scanline" by Nurvuss
Intermission Music "Afro Tea House (SMT Devil Summoner)" by Sword of Justice
Outro Music "トワイライトでHEART-BEAT" by パフェ♥カフェparfait♥cafe

#01 Robert Fenner - "That's so hetero male."

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That's so hetero male.

Misspent Youth is a LGBTIQA+ podcast on video games, why we play, and who we are. In the pilot episode, host Robert Fenner (@misanthrobob) talks about his experiences as an awe-struck toddler Yu Suzuki's arcade oeuvre, before consuming (and being consumed by) Phantasy Star as an early push-back against Midwestern masculine ideals. Later, he discovers Shin Megami Tensei, before falling in love with ZZT and its community as a means of queer expression and acceptance.

Intro Music "Summer Vacation in Scanline" by Nurvuss
Outro Music "トワイライトでHEART-BEAT" by パフェ♥カフェparfait♥cafe