Video Games

Story Break #60: Fortnite

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We somehow make sense of the raw insanity of the world's most popular video game Fortnite! Everyone and their mother plays this game so I guess we should definitely do a podcast episode on this huh? Gotta get them clicks!

Story Break #52: Carmen Sandiego ft. Elyse Willems

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Elyse Willems

The team is joined by Elyse Willems to discuss the most important question: where in the world is Carmen Sandiego?

Story Break #49: Kirby ft. Ashly Burch

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This week the team is joined by voice-actress-extraordinaire Ashly Burch to break the story behind the everyone's favorite living vacuum cleaner, Kirby!

Adam Ruins Everything Episode 47: Rachel Weil on Femicom and the Value of Preserving Classic 'Girl' Video Games

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Do you remember all of those video games that were made for girls back in the 90s? Well they're not being archived the same way that stereotypical boy games are being preserved. They don't have value in the gaming community and many of these games are being forgotten even though they were just as creative and innovative for the industry. Our guest Rachel Weil is trying to change that by preserving these 'girl' games by going around the world and collecting these games and talking to the people who made them. She is a software developer for Microsoft and the founder of the Femicom Museum, a hybrid physical/digital museum and archive dedicated to the preservation and reimagination of femininity, girlhood, and the aesthetics of cute within twentieth-century video games, computing, and electronic toys. Rachel did not appear on the Adam Ruins Everything TV show but her work reminded us of the themes we explored in our Adam Ruins Summer Fun episode. And since we're in the off-season of the TV show, we'll be inviting more guests onto the podcast whose work relates to themes we explored on the TV show or who are doing fascinating work or research that's worth discussing anyway. On the podcast Adam and Rachel had a lively discussion about gender expectations, the negative effects of marketing towards girls and boys, their favorite classic games and even their favorite savory breakfasts.

Adam is on Twitter @AdamConover and you can find past episodes and bonus content from the TruTV show at AdamRuinsEverything.com.

Produced by Shara Morris for MaximumFun.org

Story Break Episode 46: Stardew Valley: Monster Hunter

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After getting a split-result on a poll, the team blends the story of two of today's hottest games: Stardew Valley and Monster Hunter: World!

Story Break #43: Mario

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Alex Lemley

The team is joined by the creator of @SuperMarioFact, Alex Lemley, to break the potential story behind the upcoming Mario movie!

Story Break Episode 41: Duke Nukem

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This week the team attempts to break the story of gaming's beefiest boy: Duke Nukem!

Story Break Episode 34: Contra

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This week the team attempts to break the story of the game that has been known to "break" lesser players.

Adam Ruins Everything Episode 18: Game Designer Jonathan Blow Unpacks 'The Witness'

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On the Adam Ruins Everything podcast, Adam typically brings experts who appeared on the TV show to further expand on the arguments they make on the show. But during the off-season of the TV show, we thought we'd try something new. We are going to start bringing guests onto the show who may or may not have appeared on the show, but who are just as thoughtful and groundbreaking in their work.
 
Today's guest is Jonathan Blow, the indie game developer who is best known as the creator of Braid and The Witness. In The Witness, which was released last year to rave reviews, a player walks around a picturesque island solving complex puzzles. The puzzles themselves are not only incredibly challenging and quite philosophical, but they're almost a glimpse into the highly intelligent mind of Jonathan himself. Jonathan attended the University of California at Berkeley, and worked several jobs including Game Developer Magazine, before releasing Braid in 2008.On the podcast, Jonathan and Adam discuss The Witness at length... including, SPOILER ALERT, the solutions to puzzles and the game's ending! (Don't worry, spoilers will be clearly marked, so you have time to pause.) Within the game, they discuss architecture's role in gaming, how the game raises questions about religion and the self, and much more. If you're planning on playing the game, we encourage you to pause the episode before it gets spoilery and play the game yourself before finishing the episode.

Judge John Hodgman Episode 272: On Advice of Console

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Monte Belmonte

On Judge John Hodgman this week, Tarah brings her husband, Jason, to court over their disagreement about video game consoles. Tarah would like to buy a console for their two kids, but Jason is strongly opposed. Who's right? Who's wrong?

With Summertime Funtime Guest Bailiff Monte Belmonte!

Thank you to Sebastián Luis Chávez for suggesting this week's title! To suggest a title for a future episode, like Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put a call for submissions.

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