Welcome back to Postgame, Sidequest’s monthly podcast, where the editors lay down hot takes on cold games. This is our December 2020 episode, which you may notice is releasing before our November 2020 episode, because we love to sow chaos. The November episode is already recorded and coming shortly—we just figured our 2020 retrospective should go to you while it’s hot!
In this episode, Zora, Naseem, and Melissa each lay out two of the games that they feel fundamental or important to 2020 for them in some way. Not our GOTYs, but rather just… important, or interesting, or pivotal games that helped us get through this wild and strange year. We also talk about nontraditional ogres, hyperfixations, and fandom (so, so much fandom).
Let us know what games were important to you this year!
Topics & timestamps:
- Final Fantasy VII Remake: 5:40 – 11:15
- Fire Emblem: Three Houses: 11:15 – 16:05
- Our fandom blackouts: 15:50 – 20:37
- Red Dead Redemption 2: 20:37 – 30:16
- Monsterhearts 2: 30:16 – 37:02
- Persona 5 Royal: 37:02 – 41:52
- Blaseball: 41:52 – 52:25
- Honorable mentions (Spiritfarer, Hades, A Bewitching Revolution): 52:25 – 55:35
There are minor Hades spoilers in the post pod, so if you don’t want those just stop listening at the outro music!
Pieces we mentioned:
- Why I Game: Gaming Helps Me Manage My Mental Illness
- Review: I Am Not Playing Variations on Your Body
- Let Me Tell You About My OC: Elaine Morrigan is Terrible
- We Really Are All Love Blaseball
- December Roundtable: Goodbye 2020
Pieces we didn’t mention but you might like:
- Take Your Heart (and Tear It Apart): The Moral Dilemma of Persona 5 Royal’s New Endings
- Why I Game: Gaming Helps Me Tell Stories
- Love the Tortall Books? Play These Five Games
- Preview: Spiritfarer Is Charming, Whimsical, and Thoughtful
Theme music is Bass Thee by Alexander Nakarada, used under Creative Commons 0.
Melissa Brinks is Sidequest’s editor in chief, co-creator of the Fake Geek Girls podcast, author of The Compendium of Magical Beasts, and an aspiring beekeeper. She once won an argument on the internet, and tweets at @MelissaBrinks.