In which Tom F, Marsh and Graham master shadows in Styx: Master of Shadows, become the shadow in Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, embrace the light in Hyper Light Drifter, and get killed in the shadows of Alien Isolation.

Also discussed: Fantastic Arcade and EGX, the disappointment of Planetary Annihilation, the curse of Desert Golfing, where orcs come from, why we can’t walk away from videogame fights, how to deal with foreign languages in games, and what Peter Molyneux has to say about childhood.

Show notes

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This episode is also available on our YouTube channel, where you’ll also find our adventures in Dark Souls, Gang Beasts, Spelunky and more.

Our intro music is by The Mandibles from their track Clambake. Many of the band members now tour as Count Bobo And The Bullion.