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Qt3 Games Podcast: Sea Salt, Slay the Spire, Disco Elysium

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Tom Chick talks about a movie called The Boat, Bruce Geryk talks about the short stories of Flannery O’Connor, and Jason McMaster talks about how to find illegal drugs. We also talk about some videogames we’ve been playing.

Sea Salt at 2:54, Slay the Spire at 22:43, and Disco Elysium at 42:42.

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Qt3 Games Podcast: Ghost Recon: Breakpoint, Surge 2, Mindustry

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What if Jason McMaster was the sole survivor of an aircraft crash along with about 70 other people? What if videogame masochist Nick Diamon got to play a game he actually liked? What if Tom Chick wasn’t so scared of Factorio? This week, we answer these question and more.

Ghost Recon: Breakpoint at 1:41, The Surge 2 at 18:36, and Mindustry at 34:37.

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Qt3 Boardgames Podcast: Prophets of Doom, Ancient Civilizations, Lords of Waterdeep

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What’s a religious cult to do when the world actually ends, how do you raise a young civilization in the Mediterranean, and what’s the orange cube again? Tom Chick, Bruce Geryk, and Hassan Lopez consider these questions and more.

Prophets of Doom at 3:07, Ancient Civilizations of the Inner Sea at 15:48, and Lords of Waterdeep at 47:25.

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Finnish developer Remedy is finally at home with Control’s nightmare power fantasy

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I couldn’t tell you much about the national character of Finland. Unlike their Scandanavian neighbors, Finns don’t often express themselves in my preferred media of movies and videogames.  Some of the world’s best and boldest filmmakers are from Denmark. Swedes have made some of my favorite videogames, and a couple of my favorite movies. Even Norway has gotten into my head.  But Finland? I’ve seen two Aki Kaurismaki movies and I can’t even remember their names. I just remember concluding Finland is a bleak place with strange ideas about humor. For a sense of the deadpan minimalism of Finnish humor, look at the website for My Summer Car.  Better yet, play My Summer Car, which might be a prank.  

One of my touchstones for Finnish storytelling is a movie called Sauna, historical horror about a joint Finnish/Russian expedition to map the border between the two countries.  It sounds like an oddly specific subject if you don’t appreciate Finland’s fraught history with Russia, especially during the 20th century. This fraught history is why Finland is one of two countries whose name is also a verb (Vietnam being the other).  Finlandization means trying to not get swallowed by a hungry, vast, ruthless, bureaucratic nightmare crouched right next to you. The geopolitical equivalent of standing completely still and hoping the T-Rex doesn’t see you. So perhaps it’s a matter of national character that Control is a horror story about a hungry, vast, ruthless, bureaucratic nightmare.

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Children of Morta isn’t just an effective and borderline twee action RPG. It’s a sentence.

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The elevator pitch for Children of Morta isn’t exactly encouraging.  A pixel-art action RPG. From the creators of nothing you’ve played, because I’m pretty sure you didn’t play Shadow Blade or Garshasp.  Hold on, let me make sure I spelled that right. Yep. Garshasp.  

You can see a screenshot up there of Children of Morta in action. Like I said, not exactly encouraging.  It doesn’t help that Steam is lousy with these things.  

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