Hideo Kojima

102: Death Stranding (Part 1)

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We build a better world, together in Death Stranding.

Developer: Kojima Productions | Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment | Initial Release: November 8, 2019

Jacob and special guests Travis Colenutt, Katie Lesperance and CourtFTW arranged cargo on their bodies, built beautiful roads and forget to wear shoes.

Players: Jacob McCourt (@JacobMcCourt)

Special Guest: Travis Colenutt (@TravisColenutt), Katie Lesperance (@lesperak) and CourtFTW (@Court_FTW)

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  • 1:45 A short introduction to CourtFTW and her work
  • 2:25 A short introduction to Travis, Katie (and Jacob’s) new podcast called Cutscenes!
  • 3:35 Our fast pitch on Death Stranding
  • 4:25 We start the show with a question from Maria: “Did you go in with any preconceived expectations for this game based on experience with other Kojima games?” We have P.T. on this podcast before, check it out!
  • 9:40 How would you describe Death Stranding?
  • 11:40 This game’s connection to Horizon Zero Dawn.
  • 12:30 What’s the state of the world when we start?
  • 16:00 This game is frustrating to play! A deep dive into the game’s cargo mechanics.
  • 23:00 Court had a real paper route and compares her experience to Death Stranding
  • 29:00 Sam Porter Bridges’ blood, poop and pee are powerful
  • 32:20 We explained how other players’ content can come into your game
  • 38:40 Vehicles, beautiful roads and pizza deliveries (shout-out to Mass Effect’s M35 Mako)
  • [The podcast gets SUPER spoilery after this point]
  • 44:35 We share our playtimes
  • 51:30 We set up the world and the story of reconnecting America
  • 54:05 Wrap-up!


  • October 14th: Death Stranding (Part 2) ft. Jacob and special guests Katie Lesperance, Travis Colenutt & CourtFTW
  • October 28th: Psychonauts ft. Jacob, Mike, Moe and special guest CtrlAltNoob
  • November 4th: Telltale’s The Walking Dead (S01E01) ft. Jacob, Moe and special guest Cam Hawkins
  • November 18th: Pokemon Snap ft. Jacob, Moe and special guests Joseph Hooper and Arsene Lakpa

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070: P.T.

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We prepare ourselves for Death Stranding (and Halloween) with the very spooky P.T.!

Developer: 7780S Studios aka Kojima Productions | Publisher: Konami | Release Date: August 12, 2014

Jacob and special guest Jessica Fantauzzo (her 3rd apperance) scream at the top of their lungs many times, learn the worst ways to decorate your home and talk to a bagged lunch.

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Player: Jacob McCourt (@JacobMcCourt)

Special Guests: Jessica Fantauzzo (@jfant)

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Show Notes (spoilers):

  • 1:30 What is P.T.? What did you know about P.T.?
  • 2:40 Who is Hideo Kojima?
  • 3:30 The initial sequence of P.T.
  • 4:30 Who screamed first?
  • 6:05 The setting and bad decor of P.T. (including a “table of regrets”)
  • 9:20 We introduce you to the antagonist, Lisa
  • 11:00 P.T.: “The Corn Maze of Video Games”?
  • 14:50 Picture fragments and Lisa attacks
  • 18:00 New decor in the hallway (like red lights and a bloody fridge) gives us (P.T.)SD
  • 20:30 The writing is on the wall (“Hello!”)
  • 23:40 Lisa sticks to you
  • 25:20 A change in perspective aka “the red hallway”
  • 28:10 The bathroom scene
  • 29:55 The final sequence of P.T. and the heavily scrutinized way to finish the game
  • 34:50 Slient Hills starring Norman Reedus (note: Jacob wants to play Shattered Memories)
  • 35:55 The zeitgeist around P.T., Silent Hill, Hideo Kojima and Konami
  • 37:10 We talk about revelations from two great videos about this: The Grate Debate and Super Bunnyhop
  • 40:25 Closing thoughts about P.T.
  • 45:25 Bloopers

Please note: you cannot get this game on PS4 anymore, but you can get a remade version of the game on itch.io!

Next Shows:

  • DOOM (2016) – November 6th
  • Wolfenstein: The New Order – December 4th