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072: The First Tree

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We run through the forest and think about our relationships thanks to The First Tree. #heroesneverdie

Developer: David Wehle | Publisher: David Wehle | Release Date: September 14, 2017

Jacob and Travis mourned our losses, chased butterflies and dug up some memories. Also, Moe also ranted. Boy, did he rant.

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Players: Jacob McCourt (@JacobMcCourt) & Travis Colenutt (@TravisColenutt)

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Show Notes (spoilers):

  • 2:00 What is The First Tree?
  • 2:50 A warning about this podcast (we spoil everything)
  • 3:35 The setup of The First Tree
  • 5:40 How did we play? What did we know about The First Tree before we started playing (we referenced lists like Vulture’s The 21 Best Video Games You Can Finish in 6 Hours or Less and Polygon’s 14 new games you can complete in a weekend)
  • 6:35 This game is about much more than we thought
  • 10:15 Trains vs. Tanks
  • 11:00 Was there a story from the game that stuck with us?
  • 12:45 Another ASMR game?
  • 15:40 Some of the mechanics in the game
  • 21:00 An antagonist and a revelation
  • 25:10 Comparing this game to Journey, ABZÛ and Gone Home
  • 27:15 The final of the game’s three sections
  • 27:50 Joseph has a bad Dad and we tell you why (and Jacob talks about his Dad)
  • 31:00 The first ending sequence: The First Tree
  • 33:05 A message and we enter the “Soft Boi Zone”
  • 38:45 The second ending sequence: Six Months Later
  • 42:50 “Heroes Never Die, Godspeed.”
  • 45:15 The game’s great music and technical challenges
  • 47:10 Moe’s rant and our final thoughts

Next Shows:

  • Wolfenstein: The New Order – December 4th ft. Mike Ruffolo, Moe Murtadi & Kevin Reaburn
  • Detroit: Become Human – January 1st ft. Jacob McCourt, Travis Colenutt & Katie Lesperance
  • Plus… surprises?