This is a show about videogames, the people who play them and the people who make them. Each week, a guest on the show talks about the games that have shaped their life in one way or another. Games that have inspired them, games that forged connections with others and games that have soothed wounds. Checkpoints!
Today's guest is Jason Rohrer, a fascinating, prolific and passionate videogame designer. From Passage to Sleep is Death to Cordial Minuet to his latest as yet untitled game which he talks about on the show, Jason is always searching for new ideas and new ways of playing. This passion for experimentation is what has led to a number of GDC design awards, a profile in Esquire magazine and name which has become synonymous with 'art games', despite how shallow a term that can be.
Outwith the games he's just as fascinating: he helped develop a new currency, he took on his local government alone and won, he's a father, a writer, a programmer, a magician and a musician. Some of his gaming checkpoints include Rust, the Legend of Zelda, Super Mario Bros. Wolfenstein and Aliens vs. Predator. 18 episodes in and we finally have a Jaguar game. This was a real thrill for me, I hope you enjoy it.
Cover design: Craig Stevenson - http://onedinosaurandhisballoon.blogspot.co.uk
Music: Samuel Baker - http://soundcloud.com/furoshiki