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First Person Podcast is getting ready for Halloween. On this episode you are joined by, Giuseppe Femia, the FPS Podcast Producer, Sabrina Sgandurra, our new Editor-in-Chief/Book Reviews Editor, Lia Black, our new Co-Managing Editor/Commentaries Editor, and Patrick Dolan, our other new Co-Managing Editor/Essays Editor. For the month of October, we w…
 
Welcome back to First Person Podcast after our August hiatus. On this episode you are joined by, Giuseppe Femia, the FPS Podcast Producer, Sabrina Sgandurra, our new Editor-in-Chief/Book Reviews Editor, Lia Black, our new Co-Managing Editor/Commentaries Editor, and Patrick Dolan, our other new Co-Managing Editor/Essays Editor. In this episode, we’r…
 
Happy Pride month from First Person Podcast! On this episode, we go back to a conversation that happened years ago to exhibit some queer games. Join Elise Vist, Rob Parker, Chris Persaud, and Matthew Perks as they delve into the discourse of queer game design. What is the main criticism of queer games? How did our guest experience Tusks and Dream D…
 
This month on the First Person Podcast, we delve into Disco Elysium with Lindsay Meaning, Rob Parker, Sabrina Sgandurra, and Axel Hassen Taiari to discuss their experiences with the game. We are going to look at the different directions that they took in their gameplay and what outcomes were possible with this detective rpg. Where does it stand on …
 
This month on the First Person Podcast, you join Lia Black, Betsy Brey, Sarah Stang, Nicholas Hobin, and Sabrina Sgandurra to discuss their favourite pets in gaming history. We are going to be looking at the autonomy that has been allowed to animals in gaming ranging from the Final Fantasy Series to Pokémon. Through these games we will address them…
 
This month on the First Person Podcast, you join Lia Black, Giuseppe Femia, Chris Lawrence, and Sabrina Sgandurra to look at the roles they have filled. What experience are they looking for in the characters they portray? How do they shape their own experiences? And what the heck is a QAF Character Generator? Listen in as we reveal all.…
 
Welcome to a special edition of the First Person podcast. This week, we’re introducing a queer games and queer making special issue, edited by Jess Marcotte. We are joined by Jess Marcotte, Bonnie Bo Ruberg, and Kara Stone to talk about their experiences as queer game designers and queer games scholars! See firstpersonscholar.com for a transcript.…
 
Welcome back to First Person Podcasts. It’s been some time and we are grateful to those of you who are coming back to us after a little hiatus. We’re back and raring to go with a totally original, out of nowhere, never before heard episode on...our Games of the Year. Don’t worry, we go all meta on the rhetorics of the term, and we talk about some g…
 
Andrew Reinhard is as old as Pong. He is currently a third-year “mature” PhD student at the Department of Archaeology at the University of York (UK) where he is completing his thesis on archaeological tools and methods for investigating digital cultural heritage. Past video game archaeology projects include the excavation of the Atari Burial Ground…
 
In this month's podcast, the FPS crew reflect on their week-long, 10-person international game of Subterfuge, an online, real-time strategy mobile game. During the week, alliances were forged, rivalries formed and relationships were put to the test both in the game and beyond. Will FPS ever be the same?…
 
In this month's podcast, Pierson, Rob, Betsy and Will discuss the trend towards “games as services” rather than one-off products. They also consider whether there is an increasing tendency towards specialized consumption of specific games. If we are playing a smaller number of games for longer periods of time, are these new developments in game con…
 
In this month's podcast, Betsy Brey, Pierson Browne and Chris Lawrence discussed pervasive cultural anxieties that manifest in games set in outer space. They discuss how games like No Man's Sky and Stellaris, with their imperatives to colonize, harvest and exploit, usually enjoin players to become despots. That said, there's no denying how fun it c…
 
In this month's podcast, we discussed Dream Daddy, an interactive visual novel developed and published in 2017 by Game Grumps that describes itself on its Steam storefront page as “a game where you play as a Dad and your goal is to meet and romance other Hot Dads”. So far, so good. Given the dearth of games catering to explicitly queer players, the…
 
Another year, not another award show. In our January 2018 podcast, Betsy, Chris, Will and Justin discuss their picks for games of the year... with a twist: categories ranged from the social ("Fine, stop yelling I'll play it award") to the academic ("game that made me rethink my research"). Stick around for the end when the FPS crew each discuss the…
 
The topic of this month's podcast was ostensibly about Arkane studios’ third installment in the Dishonored franchise: Death of the Outsider, and writer Hazel Monforton's contributions to the development of the game's narrative. However, it was in many ways a metadiscussion about the game and the worlds games inspire. The conversation grappled with …
 
FPS Podcast Episode 22The sense that the crest of VR's popularity may have already peaked was the idea behind this month's podcast, in which our participants Betsy Brey, Rob Parker and Justin Carpenter revisit the question with only a slight revision: was 2016 the year of VR? Our podcast participants perform a small dive into the VR industry, engag…
 
In FPS's September Podcast, Betsy Brey, Elise Vist, Chris Lawrence and Rob Parker sit down to discuss Love Nikki-Dress UP Queen, including its free-to-play mobile model, how it integrates with Facebook and social media platforms, game localization, metagaming, and raise concerns about cultural appropriation and cybertourism. Who knew playing a dres…
 
For the last podcast of the school year and also my final appearance on the First Person Podcast, I talk with Rob Parker and our web editor Rina Wehbe about Christine Love's Ladykiller in a Bind. Bringing together many of the discussions we've been having on the podcast this year, we discuss the representation of gender and the role of sex in the g…
 
This month on the first person podcast I talk Breath of the Wild with Chris and previous editor-in-chief Emma. We discuss our favourite quests and playstyles, the upcoming DLC as well as more in depth discussions about themes of sacrifice and Zelda's role in the narrative. We also rank Breath of the Wild against our favourite Zelda games. Is Breath…
 
This month on the first person podcast I am joined by Betsy, Rob and Shawn to discuss Final Fantasy 15. We go in depth with our history of the series and what made us so excited for the latest installment. We also cover the representation of male friendship, the role of female characters in the game and the major updates to the story.-- We had a mi…
 
This month on the First Person Podcast, special guest Cameron Kunzelman joins Chris Rob and I to talk isometric rpgs. How and why has the genre persisted after all these years? What function does long form textual narrative have in today's attention-economy? We also talk about Cameron's ongoing video let's play of the Baldur's Gate series, Mages an…
 
This month for a special Valentine's Day themed episode of the First Person Podcast, I speak with Betsy, Shawn and Alex about the hit mobile dating sim, Mystic Messenger! We discuss some of our experiences playing the game and have some general discussion about dating sims. How do you choose routes in dating sims? Who does the genre appeal to and w…
 
At First Person Scholar, we do Game of the Year differently. The rampant chaos of end of term and the general lack of time and funds that graduate students have means that getting through many of the latest releases is nearly impossible. Instead, we focus on the games we spent the most time with and the ones that the had the biggest impact on us in…
 
This month we talk the latest trends in First Person Shooters with Rob, Chris, Shawn and Pierson with a focus on the games Titanfall 2, Doom, Battlefield One and Overwatch and I swear I only mention D.Va once! We focus on the narratives by first talking about how we as academics dedicate our time to story modes in games. What are some of the popula…
 
Interactive fiction/game creator Michael Lutz joins host and EIC Alexandra Orlando, Essays Editor Betsy Brey, and Social Media Editor Rob Parker to talk about Michael's work, jump scares, glitch horror, and other spooky stuff. *There were some technical difficulties that arose during recording -- our first faulty cable! -- and a couple other blips …
 
In this Podcast (which is Elise and Emma’s last podcast!) we have a conversation about sex and sexuality in gaming that discusses a lot of topics that don’t really get covered in game studies very often! These topics Include: the difference between in game sexuality and sexualizing characters, the differences between depictions of sexuality in vide…
 
This month on the First Person Podcast four editors fan out in our ALL ZELDA ALL THE TIME episode. We play Zelda trivia, we wax nostalgic about our favorite Zelda games, we hard-core rag on our least favorite Zelda games, we talk timelines and aesthetics, and speculate on what’s to come. We discuss almost every Zelda game at least briefly and get i…
 
In Episode 8 of the First Person Podcast we discuss Campo Santo’s debut game Firewatch. In this short episode Rob, Shawn, and Emma cover a ton of topics including: genres of horror, the cost vs time investment debate, what realistic depictions of romance in games look like, the game’s multiple endings, what games made us cry the most, and how Firew…
 
Instead of examining a specific game on Episode 7 of the First Person Podcast we turn a eye, an upraised eyebrow, and a single tear towards Nintendo and its recent decisions. Four disapointed Nintendo fans look at the many controversies and rumours currently surrounding both Nintendo as a company as well as their current and upcoming games. In this…
 
Episode 6 of the First Person Podcast will discuss the critical darling Undertale. We cover the attempts at gender neutrality, the ups and downs of pacifism, the anxiety produced when mixing bullet hell and RPG elements and the barriers to entry when playing such a meta game. This podcast is full of spoilers so we recommend you play Undertale first…
 
This month we are having a very general discussion of Dragon Age as a series with two of our FPS editors Betsy Brey and Elise Vist. We discuss a whole variety of stuff in this hour including what it is about Dragon Age that makes people obsessively play these games over and over, the differences between Dragon Age and Mass Effect, the in-game polit…
 
This January we sat down to discuss the history and significance (or lack thereof) of the award “Game of the Year” (GOTY). We then discuss some of the games that were put forward for the title this year, and our own personal favorite games of 2015. Check out FirstPersonScholar.com for links to some of the stuff we talk about!…
 
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