It’s a slightly experimental show this week, as we try to see what a two-topic episode looks like. Also, Martha defends her love of coleslaw, Stephen still doesn’t really like VR, and Mark has almost completely lost his voice.
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[0:05:54] Video Game Immersion
- Our pal and VR innovator Andrew Fladeboe.
- “Representation and Embodiment in Virtual Reality” – Jorge Albor, PopMatters
- Bioshock (remastered) opening scene
- “Would You Kindly Read This Article on Gaming’s Greatest Plot Twist?” – Mike Diver, Vice
- Our recent episode of Nice Plays: OneShot
- “Enhancing VR Immersion with the CPU in Star Trek: Bridge Crew” – Cristiano F, Intel
- “Cognitive Flow: The Psychology of Great Game Design” – Sean Baron
- “Why Sonic the Hedgehog is awful, and always has been” – Ryan Brown, The Mirror
- Requiem, a “roleplaying” mod for The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim
- Mark is up to 118 shrines in Breath of the Wild. Stephen is not happy.
[0:39:27] Main Menus and First Impressions
- “Why do console games require a button press before showing the main menu?” – StackExchange
- “Game Design: Splash Screen” – Jesse Freeman
- “The Ten Commandments Of Video Game Menus” – Kirk Hamilton, Kotaku
- We didn’t get a chance to talk about it in the episode, but here is a cool breakdown of the main menu in Brutal Legend, which uses video compositing and some other fun tricks.