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Arts & Entertainment with Chris & Randall

Oct 15, 2020

Randall suggests that the main reason video game aesthetics are so compelling is because of the close coupling of cause and effect which hardly exists in real life. Chris and Randall go on to discuss many other aspects of video games that overlap with culture and society.

Topics discussed:

Tank battle
Dungeons & Dragons
The Last Starfighter (1984)
Ready Player One (2018)
Candy Crush
Puzzle games
Space Invaders
Social mobility
Socioeconomic status
Japanese simulation games
Densha de Go!
VR games
Philip K. Dick
Total Recall (1990)
Call of Duty

References for this episode:

Infamous Roger Ebert essay

Kellee Santiago

Flow in video games

Recorded August 17, 2020

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