Node-Crawling and Puzzle-Fighting, with Chris McQuinn

ETAO Podcast, Episode 23.


Chris McQuinn stops by to discuss DrinkBox Studios’ latest, the touch-based first-person dungeon-crawling amputate-’em-up Severed. You’re a warrior named Sasha, seeking out your lost family in an ever-threatening and arrestingly otherworldly environment. Monstrosities stand in your way (of course) and monster parts get sliced off (as the title suggests) and things only get weirder from there.

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Chris and I discuss why it felt right to tell this story of loss and perseverance with bold dreamy color palettes, Punch-Out!!-style puzzle mêlées, and older-than-old-school RPG exploration. We also talk a bit about how the game’s faux-3D spaces work under the hood, and the innate complications of a multi-platform release.

And Chris divulges his own favorite control scheme for Severed, which happens to be the Wii U controller. (Yes, of course with a stylus. Dude wasn’t raised in a barn).

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• We’re back! This is the longest hiatus we’ve ever taken, and the longest we ever plan to take. Expect new episodes aplenty and much enjoyment for all concerned.

• Here’s that great Rami Ismail piece on submission processes for console games, day one patches, and (tangentially) No Man’s Sky.
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“All The People Say (Season 2)” by Carpe Demon.
“Death” and “Mountain Ghost Town” by YAMANTAKA // SONIC TITAN, from the Severed OST.

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