Literate Gamer

A discussion of video games, their meaning, and impact on society and art. Gaming with culture and erudition Also Swearing.
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Dec 20, 2016

Literate Gamer returns to Skyrim with the recently released Skyrim Special Edition, and this time are joined by author Kevin Mooseles. This time around they wade into much deeper issues of Elder Scrolls lore including the Elder Scrolls, CHIM, and C0DA.

Dec 14, 2016

Literate Gamer returns to A Dark Room's Amir Rajan the developer that ported A Dark Room to iOS and Android and who contributed unique touches of his own. Amir discusses the porting process, going viral, and shares some of the more creative criticism he received on A Dark Room. 


Dec 7, 2016

Nick and Jonathan break down Capcom's legendary Action-RPG Monster Hunter. Without a traditional narrative, the games are driven forwards with meaningful player choice. A considerable amount of time is spent discussing the variety of approaches and builds that are both allowed and competitive. Monster Hunter stands out as one of the best games for meaningful player choice and play-style variety.


This episode was recorded immediately following a significant illness in a new recording location, so audio quality is a little off.  

Dec 1, 2016

Sid Meier's Civilization is one of the gold standards of modern strategy gaming. In this episode Nick and Jonathan evaluate the most recent entry in the series, Civilization VI and discuss it's history to date. 

Nov 16, 2016

Literate Gamer examines the famed Ubisoft franchise in detail and evaluates the combat mechanics, attention to detail, and historical settings of this annualized series. Listen as we marvel are inexplicable decisions made by Ubisoft Management, like why Assassin’s Creed IV is an Assassin’s Creed game, or why the need for an over-arching meta narrative is so important when it does so little (but it is certainly Assassin’s Creedy).

Nov 9, 2016

Literate Gamer sits down with John Adamus, The Writer Next Door and Editor, to discuss the importance of editing, the craft of writing, and value of an external perspective in creative pursuits. This episode is nearly all 'Literate" and substantially less 'Gamer'.

Nov 2, 2016

Literate Gamer discusses A Dark Room, independent game design, and video games with Michael Townsend of Double Speak games.  

Oct 26, 2016

Famed author, podcaster, and filmmaker Doctor Gaines sits down with the Literate Gamer crew to talk about his latest novel, The Shot, his upcoming film project Cordial Kill, and has a frank discussion about religion and faith. 

Oct 19, 2016

Literate Gamer discusses the XCOM franchise with the author Michael G. Munz. They cover the history of XCOM and evaluate the different components that make a good tactical strategy game. Covers all of the original XCOM games, XCCOM Enemy Unknown, XCOM Enemy Within, XCOM 2, and breifly mention of XCOM the Bureau.

Oct 12, 2016

Les Allen joins the Literate Gamer for an overview of the history of video game adaptations of Dungeons and Dragons. From the Gold box games to Neverwinter Nights and beyond, they explore one of the most adapted gaming franchises in history. Other topics include GenCon, Podcast Quiz-night, and the geek culture of South Africa. 

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Oct 5, 2016

Jonathan and Nick interview Emma Larkins: Author, game maker, artist! We discuss indie publishing, ebooks, and Stardew Valley.

Mechalarum, Blade Ballet, HeartCatcher:


Sep 28, 2016

Famed author and super-villain JM Guillen joins the Literate Gamer hosts Nick and Jonathan to discuss the joys and challenges of developing stories cooperatively, storytelling, and growing up with D&D and role playing games.

Sep 21, 2016

Jonathan and Nick discuss Destiny.

Sep 14, 2016

Jonathan and Nick discuss the movies "Suckerpunch" and "The Fountain", what they mean, and their similarities and differences.

Sep 7, 2016

Jonathan and Nick discuss the Mass Effect Series.

Aug 31, 2016

Jonathan and Nick discuss The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim.

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Aug 24, 2016

Jonathan and Nick at GenCon 2016 interview Robin Laws, creator of the games Feng Shui, the Hero Quest roleplaying game, Gumshoe, Hillfolk, and several books, including Hamlet's Hit Points.

Aug 17, 2016

GenCon 2016:  Jonathan and Nick interview Michael Richie and Grant Wilson from  Game philosophy, publishing, books, and living the dream.

Aug 4, 2016

Jonathan Small and Nick Rust discuss BioShock, BioShock 2, and BioShock Infinite.

This podcast contains swearing.  Music Courtesy of The Romanovs.

Jul 11, 2016

Introduction to Literate Gamer, the hosts Jonathan Small and Nick Rust, and discussion of Demons' Souls, Dark Souls, Dark Souls 2, Dark Souls 3, and Bloodborne.

This podcast contains swearing.  Music Courtesy of The Romanovs.