#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

#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