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E42 Void Bastards
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E42 Void Bastards

Hope the title doesn't get us censored by podcasting apps. We chose the game but not the name!

Penal denizens Ben and Tao lower their visors and enter the airlock, ready to race against time and depleting oxygen, evade security cameras, turrets and warbots, and massacre all manner of space monsters in the droll and aptly titled looter-shooter, Void Bastards. Issues discussed include Roguelike game lengths and replayability; procedural generation, randomness and its impact on decision making; comedy in games versus TV or film; and if Void Bastards would work as a tabletop board game. No story spoilers.

Content Warning: PEGI 13. The yobbish space monsters are full on Sweary McSwearface, but your hosts are fairly restrained this ep. You’re welcome.

Clarifications:

  • The original music for Void Bastards was composed by Ryan Roth. The developers are Blue Manchu.

  • It was originally released on May 28, 2019.

  • Ben annoyingly conflates two separate (but very similar!) space comedies, each released in 2020. One is Armando Iannuci’s Avenue 5 starring Hugh Laurie:

  •  The other, whose audio is featured, is Space Force, a series created by Greg Daniels and Steve Carell for Netflix. They’re both a bit crap, so his point still stands.

Audio extracts:

  • The Terminator (1984)

  • MC Devvo - ‘Have a game of coins, mate’:

  • Star Wars: Episode 1 - The Phantom Menace

  • Half-Life

  • Slay the Spire OST by Clark Aboud

  • Lovespeake - DNA

  • Borderlands 3 OST by Michael McCann

  • Alan Partridge - Tannoy (Steve Coogan)

  • The Mighty Boosh - Isolation

  • Space Force (2020)

  • Dale's Supermarket Sweep

  • Arrested Development - ‘Come on!’

  • Terminator 2 theme by Brad Fiedel

  • Hades OST - House of Hades theme by Darren Korb

  • And, of course, from Pixel Vision’s back catalogue - E1 Disco Elysium:

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E1 Disco Elysium
Listen now (69 min) | Ben and Tao introduce themselves and the podcast before jumping straight into a forensic analysis of the hilarious and novel RPG game, Disco Elysium. Topics include censorship, discrimination and politics in game stories, save scumming, whether Ben’s an unlucky person, gaming alter-egos and breaking the rigid gamer mindset, and the merits of an in-game …
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