#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

#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