The Kobayashi Maru – No-Win Scenarios in Games – Extra Credits

The Kobayashi Maru – No-Win Scenarios in Games – Extra Credits

If you would all be so kind to quickly follow me down this rabbit hole real quick: Picture yourself trying to kill a few minutes in a waiting room, so you pull out your phone or laptop and open up Solitaire. Now, in that moment, do you start to feel like Captain Kirk? [cat meows]

Religion in Games – I: Mechanics, Lore, and Heart – Extra Credits

Religion in Games – I: Mechanics, Lore, and Heart – Extra Credits

Alright folks this one has been a long time coming It’s one of the first episodes we’ve thought about doing, but we kept getting thwarted by the lack of material on this subject So it just kind of sat on the back burner for a little while That is until last year, when we auctioned

Shiver with Anticipation – How Horror Games Create Tension Cycles – Extra Credits

Shiver with Anticipation – How Horror Games Create Tension Cycles – Extra Credits

Welcome to the second week of Halloween because one’s never enough. I gotta say I am shocked We’ve never done this topic before I feel like we must have but I can’t seem to find it in the archive so alright This week we’ll be talking about the tension and release curve for a horror

Toxicity – Why Players Rage and How to Defuse It – Extra Credits

Toxicity – Why Players Rage and How to Defuse It – Extra Credits

This has been weighing on me for a while. There’s something that comes up all the time in the press, something we’ve all experienced. It’s something endemic in our community and it’s something we’ve got to talk about. How we treat each other. Not a week goes by that I don’t hear about bannings and

The History of Paper Money – Working out the Kinks – Extra History – #5

The History of Paper Money – Working out the Kinks – Extra History – #5

Over the last few episodes we’ve seen the intellectual underpinnings of paper money slowly come into place. But having nebulous ideas about why paper money might be good is one thing, getting people to really believe and trust in it is another matter entirely. And so today, we’re going to tackle the development of the

The History of Paper Money – Barebones Economy – Extra History – #3

The History of Paper Money – Barebones Economy – Extra History – #3

In the last episode, we got to the ad hoc, unofficial beginnings of paper money. This week, we’ll look at some of the rogues’ gallery that really created the intellectual argument for adopting paper money in some more official way. When we last left off in England in 1640, the first unofficial banknotes were starting

Propaganda Games: Sesame Credit – The True Danger of Gamification – Extra Credits

Propaganda Games: Sesame Credit – The True Danger of Gamification – Extra Credits

Okay. So one of you recently brought this to our attention, and when we first started looking into it, we couldn’t believe it. Even now, looking at this, I keep thinking that there’s gotta be something about this that I just don’t understand. Like, I must be reading this wrong. it’s just so clearly something

The History of Paper Money – Not Just Noodles – Extra History – #2

The History of Paper Money – Not Just Noodles – Extra History – #2

While there’s little truth to the idea that Marco Polo brought pasta to Italy from the east, there’s another marvel that the book about his travels popularized. It was an idea, a radical one, which is perhaps best summarized by the very title of the chapter that discusses it. For in the book of the

The History of Paper Money – Origins of Exchange – Extra History – #1

The History of Paper Money – Origins of Exchange – Extra History – #1

How did humanity come to accept rectangular pieces of pulped trees as something to spend eight to ten hours a day working for? It’s a pretty insane story. This change from hard currency like gold or silver is a really huge deal. Without it, we couldn’t possibly have the massive industrial and post-industrial economies we

WW2: The Resource War - Lend-Lease - Extra History - #2

WW2: The Resource War – Lend-Lease – Extra History – #2

the year is 1941 World War two is entering its third year France has collapsed and Great Britain is barely holding on a last bulwark of democracy against the tide of fascism dictatorship rules Europe and the sleeping giant of the United States has yet to wake with the collapse of France in 1940 the