The first episode of the Left Behind Game Club’s mini series on Kentucky Route Zero (2013-2020) is now live! Check it out on the Left Behind Game Club’s website.

As I had mentioned in an earlier post, the Left Behind Game Club is a podcast that discusses video games that often go unrecognized and/or underappreciated. The podcast has been around for about two years – now gearing up for its third – and features an incredible cast: Jacob McCourt; Moe Murtadi, who was unfortunately unavailable for this mini series; [and] longtime friend from grade school, Michael Ruffalo. I’ve been listening to the show since 2018, so I may have fanboy’d just a little when Michael asked me to join them for this mini series. The podcast is available to follow from most popular podcast services, so do yourself a favour and subscribe.

As for the topic of our discussion for this episode, Jacob, Michael, and I sat down and talked about our impressions from Act I of Cardboard Computer’s Kentucky Route Zero, a game unlike any other that I’ve played. Without giving too much away, Kentucky Route Zero is a point-and-click adventure game broken up into five acts and hearkens on darker themes and narratives reminiscent of such cult-classic TV dramas as Twin Peaks and The Twilight Zone. As unsettling as that may seem, the art style of this game combines that of Journey‘s polygonal design and the Paper Mario series’ token popup-book look and feel, which helps the player to feel as if they’re reading an interactive novel over playing a traditional video game. It’s a game that – in the moment – makes you uncomfortable but leaves you wanting to know what happens next, and I think we’re all very excited to continue the adventure together. If you’re interested in playing Kentucky Route Zero for yourself, you can download the game from most popular digital distribution services, including Steam and Humble Bundle.

Being able to sit down and talk about Kentucky Route Zero with Jacob and Michael was nothing short of a dream come true for me. I couldn’t help but get a little nostalgic while catching up with Michael over video games, as well, considering the countless number of family weddings at which we’d find ourselves bumping into each other as kids – Nintendo Power magazines and Game Boys in hand. It goes without saying that I am truly grateful for the opportunity to join the Left Behind Game Club for this mini series. It’s a professional-quality podcast starring wonderfully down-to-earth people, and I cannot wait to join them again for the next episode as we make our way through Kentucky Route Zero.

Be sure to check out the Left Behind Game Club’s website and subscribe to the podcast!

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