What Should I Play If I Loved: Harry Potter

We’ve all been there. You loved a show (or a movie, or a book), and then you run out of it. It’s over, on indefinite hiatus, between sequels, or there just aren’t any more seasons on Netflix. All you want is something new to fill it’s place in your heart. And that’s where Volcano Bakemeat can help. Although most video game adaptations don’t always live up to their source material, that won’t stop us. Instead, we’ll attempt to try to find games that capture the spirit of what made the original so special (minor spoilers follow).

Harry Potter (Book 1997-2007)

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Stick To Your Roots: How Final Fantasy XV Should Mimic Its Past

It’s no secret that the Final Fantasy brand has been reinventing itself, and that trend doesn’t seem to be slowing down with the upcoming Final Fantasy XV. After spending most of the decade in development, in less than two weeks the story of Noctis and company will finally be unleashed on the world for their judgment. I’ve written before about the pressure riding on this game, how it seems to be the make-or-break title for Final Fantasy’s legacy, at the very least in this new generation of consoles.

However, one of the (many) easy ways to piss off a group of gamers is to change something they liked. Jumping onto any news about FFXV will undoubtedly yield at least one comment assuming the entire game is going to be a trash heap simply because it is trying something new. While I disagree with these sentiments, it is true that FFXV (or any new FF game moving forward) could learn a thing or two by looking at its predecessors.

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Skateboarding: A Game Genre in Need of an Indie Revival

I miss skateboarding games — specifically, I miss the (good) Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater games. Although in general, the skateboarding game genre seems to have stagnated. You know what that means? It’s the perfect time for an indie revolution.

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Shooting Zombies to Destress: The Healing Power of Games

We explore the benefits games can have in day to day life, what actual literal therapeutic benefits they might have, and why Left 4 Dead can be an essential part of working retail.

NOTE: We swear pretty freely on the podcast, but in this episode, Jessica uses a word for genitalia that some people see as more offensive. Be aware that that’s in there.
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