Co-op Mood

Co-op Mood 5: The Best of Us

Sally and Shane talk mostly about Naughty Dog’s The Last of Us Part 2. Although they skipped big story spoilers, there is plenty of discussion of how the game feels to play, the richness of the environments, and the exquisite storytelling. They also discuss whether video games have any place in high school curricula, the simple but deep joys of Minecraft Dungeons, and kicking a villager off your Animal Crossing: New Horizons island.

Here are links to some of things we discussed this episode:

This War Of Mine Added To Poland’s High School Reading List

Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture

Spec Ops: The Line

Co-op Mood 4: Jones in the Fast Lane

Shane and Sally open by talking about the Madden player who won the Madden bowl without having a QB or even throwing a single pass. Then they dive into the genre of games that includes Stardew Valley and Animal Crossing—known as “tend and befriend”—that are all about doing a job once your IRL workday is over.

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On anti-blackness and police violence:

On silly video game stuff:

Co-op Mood 3: Enter the Dungeon(s and Dragons)

Shane and Sally open the episode by talking about the billion dollar (billion! Dollar!) video game coaching industry. Then they talk about the video games that provide a damn good simulacrum of sitting around a table playing D&D with buddies.

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Bloomberg: Billion Video-Game Coaching Business Ramps Up During Lockdown

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Sally on Twitter: @sallyt

Shane on Twitter: @mundangerous

Co-op Mood on Twitter: @coopmoodpod

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Co-op Mood 2: War is Hell (of a Good Time)

After discussing the Nintendo PlayStation and how weird and (apparently) valuable it is, Shane and Sally talk about how video games explore and portray war, from the jingoistic gun porn options to the games that are grounded in the brutal reality of combat trauma.

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Engadget: Bidding for the ‘Nintendo PlayStation’ prototype is already over $200k

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Sally on Twitter: @sallyt

Shane on Twitter: @mundangerous

Co-op Mood on Twitter: @coopmoodpod

Co-op Mood Email: coopmoodpod[at]gmail.com

Co-op Mood 1: Social Distancing Together

In the premiere episode of Co-op Mood, Shane and Sally talk about gaming in the time of the COVID-19 pandemic. From game delays and Switch scarcity to the games that are bringing us comfort, joy, and immersion and all the co-oping we’re doing while sheltering in place.

Contact Us:

Sally on Twitter: @sallyt

Shane on Twitter: @mundangerous

Co-op Mood on Twitter: @coopmoodpod

Co-op Mood Email: coopmoodpod[at]gmail.com