Phil Salvador, library director for the Video Game History Foundation, steps over to the panel for Maxis facts, Five Nights at Freddy’s lore, and pigeon kings.

Questions this week:

  1. Do Maxis Sim games have an evolving line of game design you can trace from title to title? (07:29)
  2. What else could Maxis have done after The Sims 2? (15:16)
  3. What are some interesting regional differences in video games? (22:01)
  4. How and why do mass game company layoffs keep happening? (27:37)
  5. Without looking anything up, what do you think Five Nights at Freddy’s is about? (34:57)
  6. Slightly More Five Nights at Freddy’s talk (44:48)
  7. Isla asks: What is a game mechanic or system you really like that is in a game you don't like? (45:57)
  8. What would it be like if video games had playable forewords? (56:46)

LIGHTNING ROUND: Who Said It? (01:01:39)

Recommendations and Outro (01:13:17)

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Hosted by Alex Jaffe, with Tim Rogers, Brandon Sheffield and Phil Salvador. Edited by Esper Quinn. Original Music by Kurt Feldman.