Random Encounters, Ep. 52: Fed Up with Open World Games + ‘Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, and ‘Shower with Your Dad Simulator’

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As our fine podcast turns a full year old, we begin this episode by talking a bit about Deus Ex: Mankind Divided. Following hot off the ending of the first game, the sequel turns things up with the controversy over human augmentation while improving on the basic gameplay elements of its progenitor.

Next we talk about maybe the most absurd game in the history of the medium: Shower With Your Dad Simulator 2015. How exactly does this game exist? Tune in for more on that. After some brief talk about Stardew Valley, we finally move onto the main event: How sick to death we are of open world games.

Seriously, with the recent announcement that Super Mario Odyssey will be “open world”, the question must be asked: have we had enough of open world games yet? With their endless fetch quests and time-sucking ways, is it time to finally put an end to this recent trend in gaming?

Music/Media:

A Stillness in the Rain-Stardew Valley OST
Metal Gear Solid Alert Sound
Final Fantasy VII Victory Fanfare

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Mike Worby is a human who spends way too much of his free time playing, writing and podcasting about games. Through some miracle he’s still able to function in society as if he were a regular person, and if there’s hope for him, there’s hope for everyone. He’s the Features editor for Goomba Stomp, and can be found weekly on the Random Encounters podcast.