This is a show about videogames, the people who play them and the people who make them. Each episode, 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!
My guest on today's show is Gita Jackson, a Chicago based writer and critic and one of the hosts of the Match 3 Podcast. You may have read some of her work on Giantbomb or Polygon or Twitter or Paste. She is smart and funny and her gaming history is absolutely nothing like mine which makes for a terrific guest and a perfect example of why I started this show.
From early games of NBA JAM with her brother to her current obsession with Dwarf Fortress we chart Gita's life in games. There's the gothic melodrama of Final Fantasy X, the visceral thrill of Skyrim & Saints Row, the life affirming experience of The World Ends with You and the rediscovery of games through the lens of academia.
There are many tangents but boy do we cover a lot of games including: NBA JAM, Final Fantasy, Pokemon, Skyrim, Saints Row, GTA, LA Noire, Ico, Rez, Crusader Kings 2, Dwarf Fortress, Watchdogs, Game Dev Story, We Know the Devil and Life Line.
Cover design: Craig Stevenson - http://onedinosaurandhisballoon.blogspot.co.uk
Music: Samuel Baker - http://soundcloud.com/furoshiki