A Special Radio Transmission: The Avant-Garde in Videogames

Welcome to Episode 2 of the Sufficiently Human Podcast, which I guess is its name now!

In this episode, Zolani Stewart and I discuss the avant-garde in videogames, defining what we mean by “avant-garde” and looking at specific games we find formally and conceptually substantial and/or subversive. We also discuss how we can improve discourse and appreciation for some of the creative questions that weird or non-normative games pose for us.

Featured Games: 

  • Env  – Adrianis
  • Scarred  – Leo Burke
  • Electric Tortoise – Dillon Rogers
  • My Father’s Long, Long Legs – Michael Lutz
  • Sluggish Morss  – Jake Clover & Jack King-Spooner
  • The Sun Does Not Exist  – Da Neel
  • Solaris – tj thomas
  • Feed the Ducks – Cecily Carver
  • Pale Machine – Ben Esposito
  • Rorshach 16 – Swofl
  • Polyethylene/Sia – Andi Mcclure
  • Mammoth – Jack King-Spooner
  • Potato or Big Minta Bronson – James Earl Cox III
  • Lake of Roaches  – thecatamites
  • Journalière  – Mason Lindroth
  • Saturn V – Cosmo D

Our intro music is “Mezame” by Miguel Atwood-Ferguson off the compilation, Sounds of the Reef. Check out more here.

Our header image was captured from Andi Mcclure’s Sia/Polyethylene.