Welcome back to Postgame, Sidequest’s monthly-ish podcast where the editors lay down hot takes on cold games. Maddi, Melissa, and Zora catch up on what they’ve been up to, including Star Wars, An Airport for Aliens Currently Run by Dogs, and cursed Tumblr posts.

Topics and Timestamps:

  • Star Wars: The Old Republic (00:04:00 – 00:22:22)
  • Dicey Dungeons (00:22:55 – 00:30:11)
  • Project Makeover (00:30:11 – 00:36:45, 00:52:15 – 00:52:53)
  • Love Island: The Game 2 (00:36:45 – 00:49:26)
  • Switchcraft (00:49:36 – 00:52:00)
  • Songs for the Dusk (00:53:00 – 01:00:15)
  • An Airport for Aliens Currently Run by Dogs (01:00:15 – 01:05:44, 01:08:48 – 01:09:04)
  • Space Warlord Organ Trading Simulator (01:03:00 – 01:05:44)
  • Pet the Pup at the Party (01:06:40 – 01:09:45)
  • Corinne Cross’s Dead and Breakfast (01:09:50 – 01:11:30)
  • Jonathan Frakes Wants Your Attention and You Must Not Give it To Him (01:11:30 – 01:19:14)

Pieces (or things) we mentioned:

Pieces you might be interested in:

Theme music is Bass Thee by Alexander Nakarada, used under Creative Commons 0.

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Zora Gilbert: All I know about Space Warlord Organ Trading Simulator—did I hit those in the right order?

Maddi Butler: Yep, yep.

Zora: Nice!—is that you can play it on the Kinect. And I know that—

Maddi: Yes.

Zora: —because of a very, very, very funny FAQ post by the creator, which means that I trust that this guy is hilarious.

Maddi: Yes. And they also just added a crossover with Among Us. So you can—

Zora: Why not?

Maddi: You can trade the bean bones. I haven’t played this update, but yeah, they added that. And then they added a new type of client in Space World Organ Trading Simulator. So they added influencers.

Zora: Jesus.

Maddi: And so the influencer will ask you for—their requests will just be very vague. They pay you well, but their requests are super vague. So you don’t exactly know what you’re looking for. And so you just have to keep bringing them like various organs to try and fulfill their requests. So there’s that as well. Which is why I say funny and irreverent.

Zora: Yeah, yeah. That’s what I mean is like, there’s a grimness to all of these things that I find very cathartic.

Maddi: Yeah, yeah.

Zora: It’s hard for me to engage with the cotton candy stuff. Because the world is on fire and terrible. So if the things that I’m consuming for escapism are not also a tiny bit terrible I can’t suspend my—or, whoa, I can’t suspend my suspension of disbelief.

Maddi: Yes.

Zora: That’s not it. Anyway, I can’t suspend my belief, is the thing. Like I just can’t—wait.

Melissa Brinks: I think you can’t suspend your disbelief.

Zora: Yes. I’m tired.

Melissa: There’s a lot of negatives.

Zora: There’s a lot of negatives. The point the point is, shit needs to be bad enough that my brain isn’t like, “You’re lying to me.”

Maddi: Yeah, yeah, it has to be a little bit bad. Because otherwise it’s not really immersive, I feel like.

Zora: And maybe that just speaks to our fucked-up coping mechanisms but, you know, nevertheless.

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