Forbes Overworld

Matt Perez and Satchell Drakes dig into the curious and intellectual aspects of video games and the medium's impact on the world. Bio: Matt Perez is an associate content producer for the Games and Science sections of Forbes.com. He previously served as a freelance writer for sites like IGN, Polygon, Red Bull eSports, Kill Screen, Playboy and PC Gamer. He also manages a YouTube gaming channel under the name strummerdood. Through the lens of gaming, he's explored topics concerning religion, politics, media, history, philosophy and pop culture. Satchell Drakes is a product designer and filmmaker with work featured in Time, Fast Company and The Wall Street Journal. He discusses game design at the intersection of art and culture on his YouTube channel, Satchbag's Goods, and is on the board of directors for the Internet Creators Guild with the likes of Hank Green and Casey Neistat. He still plays with Legos.

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Why Sonic Mania Makes Us Homesick

Star Wars. Twin Peaks. Will & Grace. Nostalgia is a booming trend from...Star Wars. Twin Peaks. Will & Grace. Nostalgia is a booming trend from entertainment to politics. But is that such a good thing? Satchell Drakes and Matt Perez talk about Sonic Mania, the successful throwback to the good old days of a down-on-his-luck blue hedgehog and speak with Dr. Tim Wildschut, an associate professor of psychology at the University of Southampton, to better understand our wistful affection of the past. Also, Erik Kain and Paul Tassi discuss loot boxes, the hot new trend in video game revenue and whether it's something gamers should worry about.   Show More

01:17:28 10/17/2017

Past Episodes

No, not Survivor: The Interactive Game. The TV show. A phenomenon upon its debut in 2000, Survivor remains a fixture 17 years later due to the imaginative innovations its players bring to the game each season. Satchell Drakes and Matt Perez talk with former player and current podcaster Rob Cesternino about the evolution of the show and how it relates to an enigmatic game design technique known as emergent gameplay. Also, Erik Kain and Paul Tassi talk 2017's biggest sensation, PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, a game about sprinting across a field for 15 minutes before a guy in a bush shoots you.
01:05:39 10/10/2017
Rustin Cohle must be a fan of games, because more often than not, time is a flat circle in these digital worlds -- infinite, repetitive, unchanging. Satchell Drakes and Matt Perez talk about the polarizing nature of finite schedules and calendars in games as many criticize the frustrations that time limitations bring, while others find them enticing compared to their otherwise slacker lifestyles (read: Matt).
59:10 10/3/2017
Like everyone else, Satchell and Matt love lightening their wallets during PC game sales yet never end up finishing or even playing their treasure trove of acquisitions. The two discuss the reasons for the phenomenon and speak with Randy Frost, a professor of psychology at Smith College, about hoarding and compulsion. Also, Erik Kain and Paul Tassi talk about the Xbox One X's chance to breakout this holiday season in the face of powerhouse Nintendo Switch.
57:08 9/26/2017
Would the tens of millions of people playing fantasy sports also enjoy "Fire Emblem"? In the first episode of "Overworld" podcast, Matt Perez and Satchell Drakes compare fantasy football and "RuPauls Drag Race" fantasy leagues with turn-based strategy games and talk to Mohawk Games Soren Johnson about getting into the complex game genre. Also, Paul Tassi and Erik Kain weigh in on the newly released "Destiny 2."
01:32:29 9/18/2017

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Star Wars. Twin Peaks. Will & Grace. Nostalgia is a booming trend from entertainment to politics. But is that such a good thing? Satchell Drakes and Matt Perez talk about Sonic Mania, the successful throwback to the good old days of a down-on-his-luck blue hedgehog and speak with Dr. Tim Wildschut, an associate professor of psychology at the University of Southampton, to better understand our wistful affection of the past. Also, Erik Kain and Paul Tassi discuss loot boxes, the hot new trend in video game revenue and whether it's something gamers should worry about.
01:17:28 10/17/2017
No, not Survivor: The Interactive Game. The TV show. A phenomenon upon its debut in 2000, Survivor remains a fixture 17 years later due to the imaginative innovations its players bring to the game each season. Satchell Drakes and Matt Perez talk with former player and current podcaster Rob Cesternino about the evolution of the show and how it relates to an enigmatic game design technique known as emergent gameplay. Also, Erik Kain and Paul Tassi talk 2017's biggest sensation, PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, a game about sprinting across a field for 15 minutes before a guy in a bush shoots you.
01:05:39 10/10/2017
Rustin Cohle must be a fan of games, because more often than not, time is a flat circle in these digital worlds -- infinite, repetitive, unchanging. Satchell Drakes and Matt Perez talk about the polarizing nature of finite schedules and calendars in games as many criticize the frustrations that time limitations bring, while others find them enticing compared to their otherwise slacker lifestyles (read: Matt).
59:10 10/3/2017
Like everyone else, Satchell and Matt love lightening their wallets during PC game sales yet never end up finishing or even playing their treasure trove of acquisitions. The two discuss the reasons for the phenomenon and speak with Randy Frost, a professor of psychology at Smith College, about hoarding and compulsion. Also, Erik Kain and Paul Tassi talk about the Xbox One X's chance to breakout this holiday season in the face of powerhouse Nintendo Switch.
57:08 9/26/2017
Would the tens of millions of people playing fantasy sports also enjoy "Fire Emblem"? In the first episode of "Overworld" podcast, Matt Perez and Satchell Drakes compare fantasy football and "RuPauls Drag Race" fantasy leagues with turn-based strategy games and talk to Mohawk Games Soren Johnson about getting into the complex game genre. Also, Paul Tassi and Erik Kain weigh in on the newly released "Destiny 2."
01:32:29 9/18/2017

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