AR Podcast #18: Bright Red Fire Hydrant

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The Arcadian Rhythms Podcast returns, this time with a special guest and some interference from a mobile phone.

Between static the team talk hub worlds, JRPG fanart, drinking and entropy problems, Dragonlance, ludonarrative dissonance, mechanical constructs, mechanical arms and team building.

AJ fails to understand the full scale of Child of Light (forgive him, he played it on hard), but he is not wrong about Dead to Rights: Retribution (Dylan agrees).

Shaun calls for parity and more love for God out of the machine.

Dylan talks coherently – mostly – about shooters and the general gamer experience.

00:45 – A Special Guest! Who barely says anything!
01:45 – Earth Defence Force 2025 gets a menshie
02:45 – FPS: an exciting and fresh genre
04:14 – “I found it incredibly dull”
05:20 – Shaun and AJ set some historical facts straight
06:28 – “Template for a boring FPS”
07:48 – Dylan talks about gameshows
10:10 – After AJ’s criticism of Wolfenstein Dylan proposes an earnest and legitimate argument
14:39 – AJ decides to criticise Deus Ex: Human Revolution next
18:00 – “It’s been 3 years”: Shaun tries to say good things about Deus Ex: Human Resources but can’t remember most of the details
19:55 – Boxes versus Electricity – a high point
22:40 – It wouldn’t be an episode of AR without some ludonarrative dissonance discussion
23:30 – Dragon Quest IX slithers into the limelight
24:20 – “That and World of Warcraft
27:23 – A very positive thing in JRPG storytelling
28:01 – Dodgy fan art is mentioned, but Dylan manages to stay focused
29:35 – Our guest wakes up and manages to explain the “Tales” series
31:19 – “College full of losers”
32:14 – “One of them has a drinking problem”
37:55 – “Ham-fisted as shit”
38:10 – Dylan calls for peace, and more Dark Souls
39:52 – SPOILERS! for Darks Souls, specifically Knight Solaire as spake Miyazaki
40:25 – “Gothic as fuck”
44:32 – “Everyone involved is a genius”
49:35 – Pooping on mainstream franchises
52:15 – Anus Longo
52:45 – All those sick of Dark Souls can tune back in
53:20 – We take a break. A bit of drinking has been done in the gap…
54:45 – We realise we haven’t yet explained what Dungeon Defenders is about
58:27 – AJ says “don’t quote me on this” for the second time
1:01:44 – “Kills things good”
1:04:37 – “You’re singing my song”
1:06:50 – “Dead Rising 2 is a big pile of Dead Rising
1:11:04 – AJ suspects incorrectly
1:21:07 – AJ fails to understand the difference between a bow and an arrow
1:24:10 – First player reloading
1:25:57 – Return to Castle Wolfenstein
1:26:53 – Hitting no demographics
1:28:15 – AJ tries to find praise for a designer
1:28:30 – On boss battles
1:29:20 – “It was definitely an experience”
1:30:15 – We wanted to talk about Hitman: Absolution… but we couldn’t
1:31:30 – Obvious grappling points
1:34:06 – “Apart from ‘Streetfighter Lesbian'”
1:39:30 – AJ appeals to ‘common sense’ and is rebuked with legitimate reasons
1:43:25 – Establishing basic precepts
1:45:30 – AJ has a sob story
1:49:38 – “Communicate ideas”
1:51:15 – Quintessential Soap Opera stuff
1:54:10 – “All my power is gone”
1:56:10 – “Rambo: The Video Game is badass”
1:55:50 – Our guest speaks out
2:00:50 – Bright Red Fire Hydrant
2:06:40 – Just less angry and judgemental
2:08:53 – Talk of rabbit runs and malaise
2:10:27 – Branching off into a different topic
2:13:40 – George Orwell and Slippy
2:14:00 – “Are you autistic, in that special way?”
2:15:29 – “I thought you were talking about a dessert”
2:16:00 – Nick Offerman and cunnilingus

Games mentioned:

Dark Souls 2
Dark Souls
Earth Defence Force 2025
F.E.A.R. 3
Wolfenstein
Singularity
Wolfenstein (a different one)
Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena
Brothers
The Last of Us
Call of Duty
Quake 4
Deus Ex: Human Revolution
The Darkness
The Darkness 2
Metroid
Hitman
Diablo 3
Lost Vikings
World of Warcraft
Dragon Quest IX
Dragon Age
Breath of Fire
Suikoden
Final Fantasy VII
Tales of Vesperia
Tales of Symphonia
Sonic the Hedgehog 2
Toki Tori 2
Persona
Fez
Demon Souls
Castle of Shikugami
Trouble Witches Neo
Dungeon Defenders
Plants vs. Zombies
Puzzle & Dragons
Puzzle Quest Galactrix
Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords
Might & Magic: Clash of Heroes
Dead Rising 2
Dead Rising
The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim
LA Noire
Child of Light
Rayman Legends
Aquaria
Grandia III
Rambo the Video Game
Mindjack
Dead to Rights: Retribution
Way of the Dogg
Catherine
Saw 2
Rambo 3 (Megadrive)
Virtua Cop
Tomb Raider
Way of the Samurai 3
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
Dragon’s Dogma
Gun
Far Cry 3
S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Call of Pripyat
Just Cause
Alien: Isolation
Bioshock Infinite
Call of Juarez: The Cartel
Gone Home
Yakuza 3
FTL: Advanced Edition
StarFox Adventures