Lore Party: A Video Game Lore Podcast

Lore Party: A Video Game Lore Podcast

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A podcast about our favorite video games and the stories they tell.
MINIGAME: The Escapist Fantasy of ‘Stardew Valley’
Apr 10 • 6 min
The slow quiet life in a small town can seem like the perfect escape for anyone stuck at a dead-end corporate job in a bustling city. That’s the fantasy Stardew Valley presents to its players, and in doing so, the game itself becomes a refuge for anyone…
TO THE MOON: The Value of Memories
Apr 8 • 20 min
Bhavya (@bhaviously) and Caleb (@ScifiSpeedster) explore what memories mean to someone on their death bed, the central question in the hit indie game To the Moon. They discuss the ethical dilemma of choosing fake memories over your real ones (3:32), the…
MASS EFFECT: Love, Romance, and Representation [Part 2]
Apr 3 • 24 min
Abu (@abu_zafar) and Leo (@LeoWigginsVO) are joined by MJ (@ihoardlibraries) from the Reignite podcast to explore romance and representation in Mass Effect. They discuss how relationship dynamics would change in a galaxy full of aliens (0:19), compare…
MASS EFFECT: Love, Romance, and Representation [Part 1]
Apr 1 • 30 min
Abu (@abu_zafar) and Leo (@LeoWigginsVO) are joined by MJ (@ihoardlibraries) from the Reignite podcast to explore romance and representation in Mass Effect. MJ shares how the Mass Effect series played a role in shaping her identity (4:44), everyone…
ASSASSIN’S CREED: The Tragedy of Edward and Haytham Kenway
Mar 25 • 24 min
Bruce (@BruceWalton) and Kevin (@In_the_Lupe) explore the first two generations in the Kenway family: Edward and Haytham. They discuss Edward’s growth from an insufferable asshole to respected Master Assassin (5:06), Haytham’s troubled upbringing (10:48),…
MINIGAME: Fear and Stress in ‘Darkest Dungeon’
Mar 6 • 6 min
In Darkest Dungeon, you are not the target of horror and tragedy. You are the source. MINIGAME is a short essay series produced and hosted by Michael Farris (@farristhewheel). Each bite-sized episode dives into the themes or central ideas of our favorite…
WITCHER: Why the Scoia’tael Will Never Win
Mar 4 • 32 min
Abu (@abu_zafar) and Brett (@CoachBrett4) explore the futile war waged by the Scoia’tael. They discuss the long history of conflicts between humans and elves (2:41), the goals of the Scoia’tel (14:32), and why they are doomed to fail (24:22). This is an…
ASSASSIN’S CREED: Why Ezio Is the GOAT
Feb 25 • 22 min
Bruce (@BruceWalton) and Kevin (@In_the_Lupe) explore the life and legend of Ezio Auditore. They discuss his upbringing and early life (1:28), his growth as an assassin (7:34), and his legendary status as a master assassin and gaming icon (15:54). This is…
MASS EFFECT: Tali and the Quarian Mistakes
Feb 20 • 38 min
Abu (@abu_zafar), Leo (@LeoWigginsVO), and Kevin (@In_the_Lupe) explore the self-inflicted predicament the Quarians find themselves in. They discuss the history and culture of the Quarian race (2:42), their relationship with technology (18:55), and what…
MINIGAME: Grief and Whimsy in ‘Blackwood Crossing’
Feb 13 • 7 min
Blackwood Crossing is a unique game about a young girl and the way she processes her grief. Minigame is a short essay series produced and hosted by Michael Farris (@farristhewheel). Each bite-sized episode dives into the themes or central ideas of our…
INDIE GAME: Creative Liberty in ‘Transistor’
Feb 11 • 20 min
Bhavya (@bhaviously) and Caleb (@ScifiSpeedster) explore the idea of creativity in the ever-changing landscape of Transistor. They discuss the constant changes in the city of Cloud Bank (1:17), the Camerata’s philosophy on creativity and freedom (3:18),…
METROID: Samus and Adam Malkovich Are the Perfect Team
Feb 6 • 24 min
In the final episode of our Metroid series, Neil (@neilbigdeal) and Lawerence (@Producedby_Lk) drop the BSL on SR388 and call it quits with the Galactic Federation. They discuss the horror of the Restricted Laboratory (0:35), the relationship between…
BONUS: Is ‘Bandersnatch’ the future of television?
Feb 4 • 10 min
This is a bonus clip that was originally cut from our full Bandersnatch episode. We’ve seen many examples of interactive content on the internet, but Bandersnatch was the first to bring it to a large mainstream audience. Do audiences even want this kind…
SIDE QUEST: What ‘Bandersnatch’ Could Have Learned from Video Games
Jan 23 • 40 min
Abu (@abu_zafar), Leo (@LeoWigginsVO), Caleb (@ScifiSpeedster), and Michael (@farristhewheel) break down three lessons that Bandersnatch could have learned from video games. They discuss whether the movie was a successful experiment (7:45), their thoughts…
METROID: Samus Becomes Part Metroid
Jan 21 • 19 min
Neil (@neilbigdeal) and Lawerence (@Producedby_Lk) explore the evolution of Samus in Metroid Fusion. They discuss the events that led Samus to this point (2:12), the possibility of Samus being part Metroid now (8:15), and Samus’ fight with the best…
INDIE GAME: The Horror of ‘Oxenfree’
Jan 16 • 17 min
Caleb (@ScifiSpeedster), Matthew, and Bhavya tune their radios and explore the horror of Oxenfree. They discuss the deliberate pacing of the gameplay (1:05), how one character’s perspective shapes our experience (8:59), and the unique way the game tackles…
MINIGAME: Is the Ending of ‘Firewatch’ Satisfying or Disappointing?
Jan 14 • 8 min
Firewatch gets a lot of criticism for its conclusion, but the anticlimactic ending was sort of the point. MINIGAME is a short essay series produced and hosted by Michael Farris (@farristhewheel). Each bite-sized episode dives into the themes or central…
MASS EFFECT: Space Batman
Jan 7 • 34 min
Abu (@abu_zafar), Leo (@LeoWigginsVO), and Kevin (@In_the_Lupe) explore the life of the best bro in the galaxy: Garrus Vakarian. They discuss his upbringing and Spectre candidacy (2:02), his vigilante phase as Archangel (17:41), and the morality of his…
ASSASSIN’S CREED: The Ones Who Came Before
Dec 26, 2018 • 21 min
Bruce (@BruceWalton) and Kevin (@In_the_Lupe) explore the ancient race that created humans, and what that revelation means for humanity. They discuss the origins of the Isu people (0:46), the calamity that wiped them out (5:09), and the horror of humanity…
MINIGAME: How to Reboot a Franchise and Win GOTY
Dec 24, 2018 • 8 min
This year’s God of War and Tomb Raider titles were reboots of beloved franchises. One of them won Game of the Year, while the other was quickly forgotten. Michael explores why. MINIGAME is a short essay series produced and hosted by Michael Farris…
ZELDA: Ganondorf’s Struggle with Power and Evil
Dec 19, 2018 • 23 min
Nick (@nickwilk), Allie (@AllieJayHey), and Lawerence (@Producedby_Lk) explore Ganondorf’s upbringing and debate whether he was born evil or became evil. This is an [Expert] level episode, which means some parts of the discussion may not make sense unless…
OVERWATCH: Ashe and the Deadlock Gang
Dec 17, 2018 • 17 min
Bruce (@BruceWalton) and Caleb (@ScifiSpeedster) explore the story of Ashe and the Deadlock Gang. They discuss Ashe’s tumultuous past (2:33), the new revelation about McCree (4:14), and the way new heroes connect to, and expand, the established lore…
SMASH: The Nintendo Cinematic Universe
Dec 13, 2018 • 27 min
Lawerence (@Producedby_Lk) and Abu (@abu_zafar) are joined by Matthew to explore the two story modes in the Super Smash Bros. franchise: Subspace Emissary and World of Light. This episode contains very minor spoilers for the World of Light adventure mode…
SMASH: The Triforce of Smash
Dec 12, 2018 • 20 min
Nick (@nickwilk), Allie (@AllieJayHey), and Lawerence (@Producedby_Lk) discuss the Triforce and their favorite Zelda fighters in Super Smash Bros.
SMASH: The Pokémon Fighters
Dec 11, 2018 • 31 min
Abu (@abu_zafar) and Bruce (@BruceWalton) explore all eight of the Pokémon fighters in Super Smash Bros. and ask some big philosophical questions. They discuss what Pikachu means to the Pokémon franchise (2:01), Mewtwo’s existential crisis (12:34), and…
SMASH: How Third-Party Characters Are Chosen
Dec 10, 2018 • 5 min
Michael (@farristhewheel) explores the three qualities a third-party character has to have in order to become a Super Smash Bros. fighter.
End of Season 3
Nov 28, 2018 • 1 min
Our third season was our best one yet. And it’s only uphill from here. Season 4 starts soon. Music: Lo-fi for Lunch by Lk
RED DEAD REDEMPTION: Dutch van der Linde’s Cult of Personality
Nov 26, 2018 • 24 min
Jaden (@MrJadJay) and Michael (@farristhewheel) share their early impressions of the world, story, and characters in Red Dead Redemption 2. They discuss the universal themes of the Western genre (2:21), the way the game treats John Marston (6:04), and the…
WITCHER: Weddings, Tragedies, and Hearts of Stone
Nov 19, 2018 • 34 min
Abu (@abu_zafar) and Brett (@CoachBrett4) explore two of the best quests in Hearts of Stone. After a brief summary of the plot (1:40), they discuss Shani and Vlodimir von Everec attending a wedding (7:58), the tragedy of Iris and Olgierd von Everec’s…
MINIGAME: American Idealism in ‘Red Dead Redemption’
Nov 12, 2018 • 9 min
In Red Dead Redemption, John Marston is a man of a bygone era tasked with murdering the past, all in the name of progress. The same progress that will inevitably come for all of us. MINIGAME is a short essay series produced and hosted by Michael Farris…
You helped us raise almost $1500 for charity!
Nov 7, 2018 • 1 min
Extra Life 2018 was a huge success! All of you helped us raise nearly $1500 for Akron Children’s Hospital in Ohio and Children’s Hospital and Medical Center in Nebraska. Thank you! Music: Wild Berries and Rainwater by Lk
Help us raise money for a good cause!
Nov 1, 2018 • 1 min
We’re incredibly excited to participate in Extra Life 2018 to raise money for Akron Children’s Hospital in NE Ohio. Our livestream will start November 3 at 10am. Help us raise money for a good cause! Twitch stream: twitch.tv/lore_party Donation link:…
BIOSHOCK: The Reason the Luteces Get out of Bed
Oct 29, 2018 • 23 min
Leo (@LeoWigginsVO) and Caleb (@ScifiSpeedster) explore the iconic Lutece twins in BioShock Infinite. They discuss whether the twins are good people (2:32), discussed how the distortion of time affects their speech (12:29), and will discuss the role…
GOD OF WAR: Mimir, Religion, and Multiple Pantheons
Oct 24, 2018 • 29 min
Abu (@abu_zafar) and Bruce (@BruceWalton) explore how Mimir is connected to the massive revelation that multiple pantheons exist within the God of War universe. They discuss who Mimir is and why he’s awesome (1:33), the major clues throughout the story…
BONUS: A wild theory about how the Brotherhood of Steel will appear in Fallout 76
Oct 17, 2018 • 12 min
Update: It’s official! Dave’s theory about how the Brotherhood of Steel will appear in Fallout 76 has been confirmed by Bethesda. Dave from the Vault Boys WV podcast (@VaultBoysWV) shares with Lawerence (@Producedby_Lk) and Jaden (@MrJadJay) his wild…
FALLOUT: What the Brotherhood of Steel Values Most
Oct 17, 2018 • 21 min
Lawerence (@Producedby_Lk) and Jaden (@MrJadJay) are joined by Dave from the Vault Boys WV podcast (@VaultBoysWV) to talk Brotherhood of Steel. They explore the origins of the Brotherhood (3:06), how the iconic faction evolves from game to game (5:57),…
MINIGAME: A Eulogy for Telltale Games
Oct 15, 2018 • 7 min
Telltale Games may no longer exist, but its games and stories will stay with us forever. We look back at how the developer revolutionized storytelling in video games. MINIGAME is a short essay series produced and hosted by Michael Farris…
WITCHER: All Roads Lead to Nilfgaard
Oct 10, 2018 • 28 min
Abu (@abu_zafar) and Brett (@CoachBrett4) travel to the greatest empire in history: Nilfgaard. They discuss its origins (1:14), its many wars with the Northern Kingdoms (6:11), and the folly of Geralt’s self-proclaimed neutrality (15:47). This is an…
ASSASSIN’S CREED: How to Build a Perfect World
Oct 8, 2018 • 25 min
Bruce (@BruceWalton), Lawerence, and Kevin (@In_the_Lupe) explore how the Templars and Assassins both want to build the perfect world, but can’t agree on how to go about it. They discuss how to interpret the Assassin’s creed (1:40), the Templar’s vision…
GOD OF WAR: The Consequences of Killing a God
Sep 20, 2018 • 27 min
Abu (@abu_zafar) and Bruce (@BruceWalton) explore how God of War and traditional Norse mythology treat the taking of a life. They discuss how Atreus evolves from hunting a deer (3:16) to taking human life (12:08) and ultimately killing a god (17:53). Then…
FALLOUT: A Tale of Two Settlements
Sep 17, 2018 • 15 min
Caleb (@ScifiSpeedster) and Jaden (@MrJadJay) explore two cities that have entirely different philosophies on surviving in the Commonwealth. They discuss how Diamond City and Good Neighbor are connected through the McDonough brothers (2:54), how prepared…
MINIGAME: Building Empathy in ‘Bury me, my Love’
Sep 10, 2018 • 7 min
It’s one thing to read about the Syrian refugee crisis in an article, or to see it on TV. But only a video game like Bury me, my Love could make the tragedy feel so real. MINIGAME is a short essay series produced and hosted by Michael Farris…
BIOSHOCK: How to Justify Countless Murders
Sep 5, 2018 • 17 min
Leo (@LeoWigginsVO), Caleb (@ScifiSpeedster), and Kevin (@In_the_Lupe) discuss how Bioshock Infinite’s story sets itself apart by giving players narrative justifications for murdering hoards of bad guys. They explore how the game uses racism to demonize…
WITCHER: Emhyr’s Humanity and Ciri’s Destiny
Sep 3, 2018 • 22 min
Brett and Abu (@abu_zafar) explore the twisted relationship between Ciri and Emhyr. They discuss Emhyr’s motivations for hunting Ciri (4:59), how the role of the Wild Hunt was changed for the games (11:58), and how Ciri views her biological father…
MEMORY CARD: Thomas Was Alone
Aug 29, 2018 • 27 min
Michael (@farristhewheel), Abu (@abu_zafar), Lawerence, and Caleb (@ScifiSpeedster) discuss the simple yet effective storytelling in Thomas Was Alone. Our September 2018 game will be Shovel Knight. Play along with us and let us know what you want us to…
METROID: The Value of Life in ‘Super Metroid’
Aug 27, 2018 • 17 min
Neil (@neilbigdeal) and Michael (@farristhewheel) complete their mission in Super Metroid and discuss the origins of the wrecked ship (2:12), the long-term effects of the Metroid larvae saving Samus (7:39), and how Samus as a character evolves throughout…
ZELDA: Where Breath of the Wild Belongs on the Timeline
Aug 22, 2018 • 17 min
Composer of our theme music, Nick (@nickwilk), and alien from outer space, Allie (@AllieJayHey), make their debut as Lore Party hosts! They’re joined by Lawerence to discuss their first experiences with the Zelda universe (1:35), the theories about where…
MINIGAME: How Telltale Games Reinvented the Joker
Aug 20, 2018 • 7 min
For the better part of a decade, the Joker has been portrayed as the same cackling, murderous maniac. In their Batman series, Telltale Games shows us a Joker we’ve never seen. MINIGAME is a short essay series produced and hosted by Michael Farris…
BIOSHOCK: Ayn Rand’s Rapture
Aug 15, 2018 • 18 min
Leo (@LeoWigginsVO), Caleb (@ScifiSpeedster), and Kevin (@In_the_Lupe) discuss the countless literary references in the world of Bioshock. Everything from the opening sequence (4:48) to the twisted mind of Dr. Steinman (8:22) all lend itself to the…
GOD OF WAR: Kratos Learns to Be a Dad
Aug 13, 2018 • 35 min
Bruce (@BruceWalton) and Abu (@abu_zafar) explore the complicated relationship between Kratos and his son. They discuss the three moments in their journey that will come to define Kratos and Atreus forever: Kratos’ journey through the Light of Alfheim…
We’re launching a video game book club!
Aug 12, 2018 • 1 min
Introducing Memory Card, a video game book club. We’ll be playing a new game every month, and we want you to join in on the discussion! Ask us questions, share your experiences, and be a part of the show. So connect with us on Instagram (lore_party),…
End of Season 2
Aug 7, 2018 • 1 min
We’ve officially wrapped up the second season of the show, and we’re gonna take this week off to prep for season three. We’re kicking off season three next week with a brand new set of games that include Bioshock, God of War, Zelda, and more! See you next…
MEGA MAN: The Undernet Is Misunderstood
Aug 6, 2018 • 21 min
Lawerence and Kevin (@In_the_Lupe) are joined by Abu (@abu_zafar) to discuss why the Undernet was created (2:28), how the ranking system works (8:50), and the prejudices held by Topsiders and Undernet dwellers (16:43). This is an [Easy] level episode,…
MINIGAME: Making Your Own Lore in ‘No Man’s Sky’
Jul 30, 2018 • 7 min
The story is whatever you make it in No Man’s Sky. Only a video game can give you the tools and the world to craft a narrative only you can. That’s why we love games. MINIGAME is a short essay series produced and hosted by Michael Farris (@farristhewheel…
STARDEW VALLEY: Features We’d Love to See After Multiplayer
Jul 27, 2018 • 19 min
The multiplayer update for Stardew Valley will officially release on PC, Mac, and Linux on August 1, 2018 (and consoles soon after). In anticipation, Leo (@LeoWigginsVO) and Abu (@abu_zafar) share the features and DLC they wish could have been added to…
FALLOUT: Vault 76 Is a Grand Experiment
Jul 23, 2018 • 12 min
Jaden (@MrJadJay) and Caleb (@ScifiSpeedster) aren’t convinced Vault 76 is as innocent as it seems. They put on their speculation hats and discuss what a ghoul-infested wasteland might be like (2:48), how factions will be introduced (4:19), and the…
Come geek out about games with us!
Jul 18, 2018 • 1 min
We’re recruiting! If we haven’t talked about a game you think you’re an expert on, consider joining the team. We’re always looking to bring on new voices and perspectives. Please reach out to our executive producer Abu Zafar on Twitter (@abu_zafar) or via…
MINIGAME: The Power of Imagination in ‘The Adventures of Captain Spirit’
Jul 16, 2018 • 5 min
Michael discusses how Dontnod Entertainment, the developers of Life is Strange, explore the imagination of a young child in their latest demo. MINIGAME is a short essay series produced and hosted by Michael Farris (@farristhewheel ). Each bite-sized…
OVERWATCH: History of the Omnic Crisis
Jul 11, 2018 • 19 min
Bruce (@BruceWalton) and Lawerence explain the timeline and origin of the Omnic Crisis (2:11), how different countries reacted to the uprising (9:44), and humanity’s decision to band together and form Overwatch (15:27). This is an [Easy] level episode,…
METROID: The Atmosphere of ‘Super Metroid’
Jul 9, 2018 • 18 min
Michael (@farristhewheel) is taking a break from his MINIGAME series this week to take care of a baby Metroid in Super Metroid. He joins Neil (@neilbigdeal) to discuss the incredible mood and atmosphere of the game (2:14), explore why humanity wants to…
MEGA MAN: NetNavis Have Feelings Too
Jun 25, 2018 • 13 min
Lawerence and Kevin (@In_the_Lupe) explore how an Operator’s personality is reflected in their NetNavi. They discuss why Guts Man always acts so tough (2:34), the reason Mr. Match goes through three NetNavis (4:34) and worry about the social implications…
FALLOUT: Factions of the Wasteland
Jun 21, 2018 • 20 min
Lawerence and Jaden (@MrJadJay) are joined by Caleb (@ScifiSpeedster) for the ultimate Fallout factions showdown. They argue about which of their three favorite factions are better (0:39), discuss their one least favorite faction (7:36), and finally agree…
STARDEW VALLEY: Happy Festivus
Jun 18, 2018 • 32 min
Leo (@LeoWigginsVO) and Abu (@abu_zafar) solve why Abigail is so good at the egg hunt (1:24), work up the courage to ask a lady for a dance (5:18), and get into a grange measuring contest (13:47). This is an [Expert] level episode, which means some parts…
E3 2018: Nintendo Press Conference Reactions
Jun 15, 2018 • 18 min
In this special E3 2018 episode, Neil (@neilbigdeal) and Lawerence share their reactions to the announcements from Nintendo’s press conference. They discuss Hollow Knight’s surprise release (0:35), figure out what Overcooked 2 is (2:24), and are shocked…
E3 2018: Sony Press Conference Reactions
Jun 14, 2018 • 27 min
In this special E3 2018 episode, Abu (@abu_zafar) and Leo (@LeoWigginsVO) share their reactions to the announcements from Sony’s press conference. They discuss Ellie in The Last of Us Part II (1:25), the worlds of Kingdom Hearts III (13:24), the babies of…
MINIGAME: Family Mysteries in ‘Her Story’
Jun 4, 2018 • 5 min
Her Story is not a game about solving a murder mystery. Instead, it’s a story about solving a family mystery, which is what makes the game so engrossing. MINIGAME is a short essay series produced and hosted by Michael Farris (@farristhewheel ). Each…
STARDEW VALLEY: Marriage Is a Social Construct
May 30, 2018 • 30 min
Abu (@abu_zafar) and Leo (@LeoWigginsVO) break down the steps for marriage (1:50), discuss the perks of married life (6:31), and get to know each of the 12 available bachelors and bachelorettes in Pelican Town (13:35). This is an [Expert] level episode,…
MEGA MAN: Battle Network Predicted Our World
May 23, 2018 • 15 min
Kevin and Lawerence discuss the differences between the original Mega Man lore and Battle Network lore (0:59), the history of Dr. Light and Dr. Wily (6:17), and the customization of NetNavis (13:17). This is an [Expert] level episode, which means some…
MINIGAME: The Organic Storytelling of ‘Beyond: Two Souls’
May 21, 2018 • 6 min
Beyond: Two Souls has no codex or blunt exposition about its lore. Instead, it effortlessly teaches players about its world without being overwhelming. That’s an achievement a lot of story-driven games can learn from. MINIGAME is a short essay series…
FALLOUT: Codsworth Is Family
May 16, 2018 • 25 min
Lawerence plays Fallout for the first time and joins Jaden (@MrJadJay) to discuss why Codsworth is the best companion (2:19), the differences between the Minutemen and The Brotherhood of Steel (9:18), and the sheer amount of stuff there is to do in this…
STARDEW VALLEY: Linus Is God and Other Hidden Lore
May 14, 2018 • 32 min
There’s so much lore hidden in the world of Stardew Valley. Abu (@abu_zafar) and Leo (@LeoWigginsVO) discuss two wars that define the valley, theorize about Linus’ true nature, and untangle the sexual web of lies in Pelican Town. This is an [Expert] level…
End of Season 1
May 8, 2018 • 1 min
We’ve officially wrapped up the first season of the show, and we’re gonna take this week off to prep for season two. We’re kicking off season two next week with a brand new set of games that include Fallout, Stardew Valley, Megaman, and more! We hope…
METROID: Cleaning up the Chozo’s Mess
May 2, 2018 • 22 min
Lawerence has completed his playthrough of Metroid II: Return of Samus. He joins Neil (@neilbigdeal) to discuss the best way to defeat the Metroid queen, what aeion energy is, and how the Chozo left their mess for Samus to clean up. This is an [Expert]…
MINIGAME: ‘Knights of the Old Republic II’ and The Death of Tropes
Apr 30, 2018 • 8 min
Knights of the Old Republic II deconstructed a ton of Star Wars tropes and made players question everything they thought they knew about the Star Wars universe. MINIGAME is a short essay series produced and hosted by Michael Farris (@farristhewheel ).…
MASS EFFECT: The Ethics of Cultural Genocide
Apr 25, 2018 • 33 min
Kevin (@In_the_Lupe) and Abu (@abu_zafar) and Leo (@LeoWigginsVO) discuss one of the most controversial topics in the history of the Mass Effect universe: the genophage. They draw parallels to the U.S. nuclear strikes in World War II, speculate on the…
OVERWATCH: Retribution and The Decline of Overwatch
Apr 23, 2018 • 23 min
Bruce (@BruceWalton) and Caleb (@ScifiSpeedster) discuss this year’s Retribution event, last year’s Uprising event, and what they think about Overwatch’s place in the world it helped shape. This is an [Expert] level episode, which means some parts of the…
METROID: The Homeworld of the Metroid Species
Apr 18, 2018 • 18 min
Lawerence is playing through Metroid II: Return of Samus for the first time in over a decade with one goal in mind: finish the game this time around. Neil (@neilbigdeal)explains why Samus finds herself on Planet SR388, why the planet is so significant to…
MINIGAME: ‘Knights of the Old Republic’ and The Poetry of Star Wars
Apr 16, 2018 • 7 min
The first game in the Knights of the Old Republic series plays it safe with a traditional Star Wars storyline. It mirrors the stories in the original and modern film trilogies and proves one thing about the Star Wars universe: the past is doomed to repeat…
MASS EFFECT: Bioware’s Warning About Artificial Intelligence
Apr 11, 2018 • 39 min
Kevin (@In_the_Lupe) and Abu (@abu_zafar) are joined by Leo (@LeoWigginsVO) to discuss the role of technology in the Mass Effect universe. They debate the Illusive Man’s intentions with the Lazarus Project, the ethical issues surrounding artificial…
OVERWATCH: It’s Pronounced Brigitte (Bri-GEE-tah)
Apr 9, 2018 • 13 min
Bruce (@BruceWalton) and Caleb (@ScifiSpeedster) discuss the history of Brigitte, the correct pronunciation of her name (and GIF), and have a request for Jeff Kaplan. It’s Jetpack Cat. They want Jetpack Cat. This is an [Expert] level episode, which means…
METROID: Zero Mission Complete
Apr 4, 2018 • 25 min
Abu (@abu_zafar) fails to complete his zero mission. Neil (@neilbigdeal) explains who Kraid and Ridley are, why the Metroids were first created, and why this is such a personal journey for Samus. This is an [Easy] level episode, which means you will be…
MINIGAME: Finding Answers in the World of ‘The Witness’
Apr 2, 2018 • 9 min
The Witness hides its story in plain sight and teaches you to look past the obvious. MINIGAME is a short essay series produced and hosted by Michael Farris (@farristhewheel ). Each bite-sized episode dives into the themes or central ideas of our favorite…
MASS EFFECT: In Memory of Corporal Richard L. Jenkins
Mar 28, 2018 • 26 min
Abu (@abu_zafar) and Kevin (@In_the_Lupe) speculate on Corporal Jenkins’ childhood, explore why Captain Kirrahe is in love with martyrdom, and wonder what kind of mom Matriarch Benezia was to Liara. This is an [Expert] level episode, which means some…
OVERWATCH: Doomfist’s Philosophy
Mar 26, 2018 • 19 min
Bruce (@BruceWalton ) and Caleb (@ScifiSpeedster ) discuss the history and twisted philosophy of Doomfist. This is an [Expert] level episode, which means some parts of the discussion may not make sense unless you’ve played the game. Expect lots of…
PAPERS, PLEASE: The Short Film
Mar 21, 2018 • 20 min
Lawerence and Jaden (@MrJadJay ) share their thoughts on the recently released Papers, Please short film and come to the realization that they are heartless monsters. This is an [Expert] level episode, which means some parts of the discussion may not make…
MINIGAME: Wolfenstein and Healthy Masculinity
Mar 19, 2018 • 9 min
Wolfenstein is the last place you’d think to look for a healthy masculine hero. But it’d be a mistake to overlook B.J. Blazkowicz. MINIGAME is a short essay series produced and hosted by Michael Farris (@farristhewheel ). Each bite-sized episode dives…
MASS EFFECT: The Codex Entries We Forgot About
Mar 14, 2018 • 27 min
Kevin and Abu dive into the Codex, revisit their favorite entries and even find some they never knew existed. This is an [Expert] level episode, which means some parts of the discussion may not make sense unless you’ve played the game. Expect lots of…
OVERWATCH: ¿Quien es Sombra?
Mar 12, 2018 • 25 min
Caleb and Bruce discuss the history of one of Overwatch’s most exciting and mysterious characters: Sombra. This is an [Expert] level episode, which means some parts of the discussion may not make sense unless you’ve played the game. Expect lots of…
PAPERS, PLEASE: Top 5 Toughest Moral Decisions
Mar 3, 2018 • 24 min
Jaden and Lawerence compare their lists of the top five toughest decisions they had to make during Papers, Please. This is an [Expert] level episode, which means some parts of the discussion may not make sense unless you’ve played the game. Expect lots of…
METROID: How Do You Pronounce ‘Zebes’?
Mar 3, 2018 • 16 min
Neil introduces Abu to the world of Metroid by forcing him to play Metroid: Zero Mission. This is an [Easy] level episode, which means you will be able to follow the discussion even if you haven’t played the game. Expect spoilers.
MINIGAME: The Painful Nostalgia of Life is Strange
Mar 3, 2018 • 11 min
Life is Strange is a game that confronts the realities of nostalgia, and how it can be both painful and unproductive for our lives. MINIGAME is a short essay series produced and hosted by Michael Farris (@farristhewheel ). Each bite-sized episode dives…
What is Lore Party?
Feb 24, 2018 • 1 min
Lore Party is a podcast about video game lore. We explore the stories, characters, and universes of our favorite video games. We love to hear from you, so connect with us on Twitter and Instagram. We’re excited to geek out about our favorite video game…