#14 Denise Ward - When you've got a problem, drop a Wind Fish on it.

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#14 Denise Ward

When you've got a problem, drop a Wind Fish on it.

Denise Ward (Morning Green Tea & Incorrect Vermintide) joins us this week to discuss falling in love with video games through a neighbour's Sega Saturn; the aesthetics of Nights intro Dreams, in particular. After playing cult PS1 JRPG Legend of Legaia, she began to foster relationships with individual games' lore, leading her to look at the medium in a new light, while also becoming frustrated with the hegemonic interests of the industry.

Also, we discuss being a female-presenting nonbinary person online, falling in love with games without necessarily playing them, preteen fascinations with fatalities, incels, fragile masculinity, topiary simulators, finding friends through LAN parties, being a decent person, tfw you get the skull, and Robert gets accused of being a Hanzo Main.

Follow Denise on Twitter @DrFesty and Instagram @DrFesty. Be sure to check in to @GothTeamEpic's debut Twitch stream of Diaries of a Spaceport Janitor on Saturday 22nd September, 8pm BST / 3pm EST / 12pm PST !!

Intro Music "Summer Vacation in Scanline" by Nurvuss
Intermission "Dreams of Love & Literature" by Dan Salvato (from Doki Doki Literature Club)
Outro Music "トワイライトでHEART-BEAT" by パフェ♥カフェparfait♥cafe

#13 Nick Ransbottom - The angle isn't that life's unfair; it's just life.

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#13 Nick Ransbottom

The angle isn't that life's unfair; it's just life.

Content Warning: This episode contains discussions on abuse and suicide.

Freelance writer Nick Ransbottom joins us this week to speak about the role narrative games have played in his life, and the impact they made during hardships. We discuss his fraught relationship with his family following his coming out, and his viewpoint on What Remains of Edith Finch as an individual living with cystic fibrosis. 

Also, we about how Sonic the Hedgehog's water levels traumatized a generation, Ni no Kuni 2's blasé attitude toward genocide, fatshaming in The Caligula Effect, and the terrifying appeal of Kingdom Hearts 2's endless summer prologue.

Follow Nick on Twitter @theeziokenway, and be sure to read his pieces I Love You, Man: Exploring Platonic Love in Final Fantasy XV and Trauma and Video Games: How Kingdom Hearts Helped Me Cope With Childhood Abuse.

Intro Music "Summer Vacation in Scanline" by Nurvuss
Intermission "URE-P" by Shigeru Tomita (from Rune Worth)
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