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Welcome to the Longest Rainy Sunday! Since the earliest era of video games, there has always been a universally adored constant: Japan’s most famous Italian plumber – Mario. No matter the technology, gamers across the world have flocked to purchase and play a wide variety of games that feature Nintendo’s posterboy: the basic Mario platformer, Super Mario 64, Super Smash Bros, Super Mario Galaxy, or even the recent Switch-based Super Mario Odyssey. What makes these games so endearing? What can one learn from playing the various games? Lets find out. 

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Aitken, Laura. “Super Mario 64 ultimate guide: Where to find every Star, Red Coin and Cap.” VG24/7. September 18, 2020.

Hernandez, Patricia. “Super Mario 64 player beats Bowser level without using joystick.” Polygon. March 4, 2019.

McGonigal, Jane. SuperBetter: The Power of Living Gamefully. Penguin, 2015.

MacLeod, Kevin. “Jazz Brunch.” CC BY 3.0.

Resetarits, Valentina and Qayyah Moynihan. “Playing Nintendo as a kid makes you smarter and more socially aware, research says.” Business Insider. June 4, 2018.

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The cake is a lie!

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In this episode of The Longest Rainy Sunday, we explore the Portal series. We talk about the mind-blowing mechanics that engage an audience long enough to learn about the hidden education behind the game. The hidden education being the experiences of survivability in life or death scenarios.  

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Temple Run: A Coping Mechanism

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In this episode of The Longest Rainy Sunday, we tackle a game that took the world by storm in 2011: “Temple Run.” We analyze why and how this game benefits players in the current context of COVID-19 and relieves anxiety, effectively serving as a coping mechanism. From the mechanics to the story line, we explore it all. We urge you to sit back and come listen to our critical take on the game–welcome to the “Temple Run” episode.

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Bear, Podington. “Pives And Flarinet.” Free Music Archive: Podington Bear – Pives And Flarinet, Free Music Archive, 26 March 2018.

Bogost, I. (2019, October 22). Video Games Are Better Without Gameplay. Retrieved from https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2019/10/dont-play-the-goose-game/600472/

Exercise for Stress and Anxiety. Retrieved from https://adaa.org/living-with-anxiety/managing-anxiety/exercise-stress-and-anxiety

McGonigal, J. (2015). SuperBetter: The power of living gamefully (pp. 91-93). New York, NY: Penguin Press.

Publishing, H. (2011, March). Understanding the stress response: Chronic activation of this survival mechanism impairs health. Retrieved fromhttps://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/understanding-the-stress-response

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Mein Kampf in Quarantine: Secret Hitler

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In this episode of The Longest Rainy Sunday, we take a look at the popular party game, Secret Hitler. We all know that Secret Hitler is a lot of fun– the arguments, the deception and the lying. But we take a deeper look into why this is the case. What really makes this game unique and special? We talk about the way our minds work, and how we think while playing the game. We also shed some light on what skills we can learn from this game, like decision-making, lie detection, convincing power, and telescoping. Finally, we also touch upon why this game is more relevant at this point in history, than ever before. The events of 2020 have impacted all parts of our lives. How have they changed the way we play Secret Hitler? Let’s talk about Mein Kampf in Quarantine: Secret Hitler.

Source: https://www.secrethitler.com/

Link to play the game online: https://secrethitler.io/

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Unity in Among Us and Quarantine

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Unity in Among Us and Quarantine
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In this episode of The Longest Rainy Sunday, we look into a game that reclaimed its popularity after a long while that it was created. We analyze why and how this game thrives in the current moment and gathers the eyes of many YouToubers, streamers, and players worldwide. And in fact, we discover that this game requires communication, social deduction, and a whole lot of deception. Among Us came exactly when we need it most: that is the current pandemic that makes people confused and disconnected. Let’s take a critical look into how the game rose to such heights of fame. Ready to listen? Welcome to the third episode: Unity in Among Us and Quarantine.

Sources:

Flanagan, Mary. Critical Play. I, “Introduction to Critical Play”. MIT Press, 2009. 

Lying is super fun: Among Us, Google Image.

Musicas de Piano Masters. “Canon in D (Musicoterapia Com Musicas Classicas Famosas).” 2 May 2013. 

Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra. “Slavonic Dances, Series 1, Op. 46, B. 83 – Slavonic Dance No. 2 in E Minor, Op. 46, B. 83.” 1 Sept. 2007. 

Zheng Zai Ri. “Opening, Parasite (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack).” 30 May 2019. 

Among Us. Steam.

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KIDS

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This is the second episode of The Longest Rainy Sunday. We are taking a look at KIDS, a game that quickly became popular, received large numbers of positive reviews, and raised many discussions between its player base soon after its release. The game takes a different form than many traditional games people may be used to, and we will be talking about how its simplicity and unique way of storytelling captures its players and leads to deep reflections about oneself and the society.

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Wit, Alex Dudok de. “Michael Frei’s ‘KIDS’ Is A Short Film, Game, And Installation Rolled Into One.” Cartoon Brew, Toggle Navigation, 4 June 2019

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Survival in Minecraft and in Quarantine

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In this episode of The Longest Rainy Sunday, we take a nostalgic in-depth look at a game that was all the rage as we grew up, and made a big comeback during quarantine: Minecraft. We examine what makes this shabby looking game so enthralling for players young and old, and examine the potential for amazing creations that are possible on this game. Finally we get a little bit deeper and try and figure out what is it all for? Why do we do find enjoyment in doing virtual landscaping? All that and more as we play and discuss Minecraft on our rainy Sunday.

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