#12 Raven Mulvany - Games are a window to other places… Planets, countries, viewpoints.

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#12 Raven Mulvany

Games are a window to other places… Planets, countries, viewpoints.

Game designer and programmer Raven Mulvany joins Misspent Youth to talk the role Pokémon played as an alternative means of communication in her youth, and how Treasure's Gunstar Super Heroes inspired her to start making her own games. We discuss her numerous projects, including an RPG that teaches Gaelic, and her upcoming Vive game Transition Level which you can play now.

Also: How Christine Love's Digital: A Love Story appeals to us extremely online introverts, why Naughty Dog can only intersperse queer romance with extreme violence, hopes and anxieties for Fallout `76, and the respectful etiquette of Dark Souls online.

Follow Raven on Twitter @ravennoises and itch.io at aka-y.

#10 Mike Sollosi - You want to root for these characters; you're growing alongside these characters.

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#10 Mike Sollosi

You want to root for these characters; you're growing alongside these characters.

Mike Sollosi (RPGFan's Retro Encounter Podcast) joins Misspent Youth this week to share how he first discovered video games playing the NES at a neighbor's house, before examining the role video games played in forging important, lifelong friendships.

Also: The joy of Chrono Trigger's limited cast, the golden era of game rentals, Super Sentai, Sandy Frank's iron fist, that one rich kid with the Neo Geo, and Anime Andrew Jackson.

Follow Mike on Twitter @therealmonsoon, follow RPGFan @rpgfancom and don't forget to subscribe to his podcast, where a month of episodes devoted to Lunar are currently airing.

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

#08 Caitlin Argyros - I didn't want to commit to a game that would make me like this couple and then kill one of them.

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#08 Caitlin Argyros

I didn't want to commit to a game that would make me like this couple and then kill one of them.

We welcome law librarian Caitlin Argyros (RPGFan, Rhythm Encounter) to discuss being a romantic introvert, coming to terms with one's own body, and if gaming can still be considered "just" a hobby when it's a major part of one's life.

Also: The uplifting melancholia of Xenogears, Ace Combat fulfilling air force fantasies, when entertainment metamorphoses into critical engagement, Boogerman, strong opinions on Metal Gear Solid, and Caitlin's top ten games of all time.

Follow Caitlin on Twitter @Lian_Kazairl, and check out our friend Derek Heemsbergen's FFXIV Podcast Astral Era.

Intro Music "Summer Vacation in Scanline" by Nurvuss
Intermission "June Mermaid" by Yasunori Mitsuda (Xenogears OST)
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