Constantly Calibrating Podcast (Gaming & Geek Culture)

For this week's show we're down to only two hosts, as Brad and Josh take on the idea of having a personal gaming narrative. For Josh it started with the realization of what playing XCOM 2 was doing to his mind, then spilled off into this topic. They cover fan fictions, immersion, and how a personal gaming narrative can build the bridge between people to truly enjoy gaming for what it is.

Direct download: ConCal183_-_FULL.mp3
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Morality systems have a major component of gaming for the better part of two decades, but are they beneficial or holding back true emotional development. Our team explores the pitfalls of the binary morality system and envisions their perfect emotional gaming landscape.

That, plus thoughts on Firewatch in this week's episode.

Direct download: ConCal182_-_FULL.mp3
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Long ago, when Josh was just a lad of 16 or so, he dreamed that one day he would get to talk to the game developers he had long (since like a week earlier) admired. Last month the first opportunity arose when Chris Avellone stumbled onto our podcast set, ready to chat.

Now, at the start of February, the second of this set has found his way onto our shores. I'm of course speaking of the illusive David Jaffe.

On this week's show, Brad, Justin, and Josh had a lovely chat with David Jaffe about his upcoming project, Drawn to Death, while delving a bit into transparency in gaming. David may have also humiliated Josh in spectacular fashion.

After the interview, Josh regaled the team with a story of Justin's doppleganger, before going into a spoiler-free review of Rooster Teeth's Lazer Team -- you can find a written review of Lazer Team here.

Make sure you give this wonderful episode a listen and tell your friends.

Direct download: ConCal181_-_FULL.mp3
Category:Interview -- posted at: 12:00pm PDT