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Journey - Why It’s the Most Award-Winning Indie Video Game

Journey - Why It’s the Most Award-Winning Indie Video Game

July 27, 2020

Journey. An award-winning indie video game with deep spiritual underpinnings.

Casual gamer Justin Weaver and serious gamer Ryan Swindoll dig deeper into Journey!
 
On today's show:
  • In our second episode discussing a specific indie video game, we take a closer look at Journey by thatgamecompany.
  • This game is less than two hours long and rewards replay.
  • This is a BAFTA award winning game, and holds the Guinness World Record for “most mainstream game awards won by an indie video game.”
  • Austin Wintory’s gorgeous soundtrack for this game was nominated for a Grammy in the Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media category. The first game soundtrack to be considered for this award.
  • Is this the perfect game to play during this time of social distancing?
  • What does this game have to say about trauma, obstacles and struggles?
  • What is this game an analogy for?
  • Is this a picture of reincarnation?
  • Is this a metaphor for a "spiritual journey"?
  • How is it possible to have an entire game with no written or audible language?
  • Ryan and Justin talked for over two hours about this game, so there is a planned second podcast from all the topics we had to cut that will be exclusive to Patreon supporters coming in the future.
  • To watch the #ourjourney video we highlight in the podcast click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5px3qZQYoD4
  • Let us know what you think.  Do you agree with our conclusions?  Did we miss something?  We look forward to continuing on this journey with you.

Up next on our indie video game series: Inside by Playdead!

 

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Untitled Goose Game! - A silly, hilarious indie video game with heart and based on… schadenfreude?

Untitled Goose Game! - A silly, hilarious indie video game with heart and based on… schadenfreude?

July 13, 2020

Untitled Goose Game! The first video game in our Indie Video Game Series! And it's a ridiculous one!

Casual gamer, Justin Weaver, and serious gamer, Ryan Swindoll, are joined by Nataly Guzman to discuss Untitled Goose Game!
 
On today's show:
  • Short interviews with the youngest Story Geeks ever on the show!
  • What about this game is so funny?
  • What do multiple generations of players think about this game?
  • Is this game a perfect example of “schadenfreude”? (What is “schadenfreude?!?!")
  • What was the funniest part of Untitled Goose Game to you?
  • Is the goose simply a menace displaying no empathy, or does the goose have something to teach this town, and its inhabitants, through the mischief?
  • Feel free to continue interacting with us about Untitled Goose Game, and be sure to jump into the conversation on our next game, Journey!
  • Thanks to Lynn, Jimmy, Debra and Jordan for interacting with us. Jump into the conversation and you may hear your name and question or comment on the next episode.
  • Honk!

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The Story Geeks Talk Indie Video Games - Introduction!

The Story Geeks Talk Indie Video Games - Introduction!

June 29, 2020

The Story Geeks Talk Indie Video Games!

Our very first episode of a special summer series... What Indie video games should you play and what do their stories have to say?

 
Casual gamer, Justin Weaver, and serious gamer, Ryan Swindoll, kick off their summer series with an intro into our latest podcast! On today's show:
  • Can we create a community around indie video gaming and a deeper search for the Truth?
  • Why aren't the stories in video games discussed in deep ways?
  • Are indie video games even worth discussing?
  • We'll introduce the list of 5 games (all gems!) we're playing together!
  • Why you should join us in playing "Untitled Goose Game" (we're discussing that in 2 weeks!).
  • Want to join our "book club" for video games? We'll be posting consistently in The Story Geeks Facebook Group! Join the group and submit questions for us to discuss!

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The Most Impactful Geek Stories - Daryl and Jay

The Most Impactful Geek Stories - Daryl and Jay

June 8, 2020

The conclusion of The Story Geeks Club chosen series!

Jay and Daryl share the geek stories most impactful to them!

 

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Onward - The Last Geek Film We Saw in Theaters

Onward - The Last Geek Film We Saw in Theaters

June 1, 2020

Onward... another great Pixar film!

Nataly, Nick, and Sandra dig deeper into Pixar's latest fantasy world on this week's The Story Geeks podcast!

 

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Most Impactful Geek Stories: The Phantom Menace, LOTR, LOST, and Avatar: The Last Airbender - Justin and Nataly

Most Impactful Geek Stories: The Phantom Menace, LOTR, LOST, and Avatar: The Last Airbender - Justin and Nataly

May 25, 2020

The Movies, TV Shows, and other Geeks Stories that impacted us!

Justin and Nataly discuss the stories that shaped their lives and perspectives of the world on this week's The Story Geeks podcast!

 

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Snowpiercer - Is the world doomed to injustice and classism?

Snowpiercer - Is the world doomed to injustice and classism?

May 18, 2020

Snowpiercer... Nihilism on a Train?

Daryl, Justin, Nick, and special guest Helen O'Hara dig deeper into the modern science fiction classic, Snowpiercer!

 

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Storytelling and Gaming - The Stories Driving Great Video Games

Storytelling and Gaming - The Stories Driving Great Video Games

May 11, 2020

Storytelling and Video Gaming

How do the stories in video games impact us? Do video games have an impact on how we behave? What makes for a great story in a great game?

Justin Weaver and Ryan Swindoll breakdown the process of storytelling as it relates video games.

 

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The Hero’s Journey vs. The Heroine’s Journey

The Hero’s Journey vs. The Heroine’s Journey

May 4, 2020

The Hero's Journey vs. The Heroine's Journey

...is there a difference between the two or are they the same?

Jay is joined by Joel Berry and Victoria Hansen to dig deeper into Joseph Campbell's ideas on story and myth that have inspired geek writers and audiences for decades.

 

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Why Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse is SO GOOD

Why Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse is SO GOOD

April 27, 2020

What makes Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse so good?

Jay, Nick, and Scilla are joined by Alan Ng from Film Threat to dig deeper into one of the best Spider-Man movies of all time, Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse!

 

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