Rich and Andrew get into the Halloween spirit to talk about the specter of Death in video games.
Games: Mario + Rabbids: Sparks of Hope (switch), Roguebook (Switch), I was a Teenage Exocolonist (PC), Asterigos: Curse of the Stars (PC).
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00:01:50 Mario vs Rabbids: Sparks of Hope
00:20:00 I was a Teenage Exocolonist
00:23:50 Asterigos: Curse of the Stars
00:26:45 Death in Video Games
00:49:44 Your Emails
On games that have interesting discussions about Death, I'd nominate Necrobarista with a really good discussion about accepting death and letting go, the really dark but touching stories in Welcome to Elk, the lighter storytelling in I am Dead, and if there's one story where death as a motivation for the main character really works, it's What Remains of Edith Finch. If I had to point out one game that I liked except for how it deals with death, it is Cozy Grove because I feel like it just falls into the trope of the characters in the afterlife whose sole motivation is to fix something they did wrong or could not do while they were alive. Still, there's a lot of great indie games where death is more than a fail state or an excuse to inspire the main character.
Madre de Dios! Es el pollo diablo!