AR Podcast #9: You Arcadian Cult

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Welcome back to the Arcadian Rhythms podcast. Here’s a very special episode featuring a very special guest, recorded in the very special month of April. Mike from the Brighton film podcast You Total Cult joins us to discuss videogames that possess cinematic qualities and stand out for that reason. Dylan, AJ, Potter and Shaun come along for the ride.


00:00 – Introductions

01:53 – A very special gift for a very special guest

03:50 – The eyes, the googly eyes!

05:20 – The power of SEO

06:08 – Explaining why we’re all here

10:00 – The first game – sourced soundtrack material

13:17 – The second game(s) – film sequelitis vs. videogame sequelitis

17:28 – A vision from the future

18:05 – The third game – emotional reactions

23:26 – “I’m in favour of genocide”

27:35 – “We’ve got nothing”, but Mike has his fourth game – which has charm

33:40 – The fifth game emerges blinking from the miasma of save-scumming – oh, no it doesn’t

37:27 – It finally arrives – and it’s arthouse

41:29 – Mike and Shaun enthuse about a couple of games they can’t remember the names of

46:10 – We begin to head towards a conclusion

44:49 – we drift onto music and ramble about that for a bit

52:54 – the elephant in the room emerges

Games mentioned

Tunnel Rats
Dragon’s Lair
Metal Gear Solid
Clock Tower
WipeOut 2097 / WipeOut XL
Mickey Mania
GoldenEye 007
Sonic the Hedgehog 2
Cool Spot
Ready to Rumble 2
Space Channel 5: Part 2
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
Star Wars: The Force Unleashed
Enter the Matrix
Halo: Reach
Red Dead Redemption
Mass Effect 3
The Walking Dead 
Army of Two
Ni No Kuni
Jet Set Radio
Half Life 2
Civilization 4
Half Life
Prinny: Can I Really Be the Hero?
Far Cry 3
Far Cry: Blood Dragon
Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days

Films mentioned

Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun Li
Tunnel Rats
Star Wars
(et al)
The Matrix
Brokeback Mountain

Credits: Thanks once again to Ben Alleguen (Soundcloud) for the use of one of his tunes in our intro and outro segments. Thanks to Mike for joining us – check out You Total Cult!