03 – Alcohol

“Hey, bring some more soda!” “Sir, I think you’ve had enough sugar today.” -Chrono Trigger (US localization)

After a long stressful week, you’ve earnd this beer! *gulp* Oops, you just earned yourself a -5 Constitution debuff. Alcohol is a tricky subject in real life and it’s even trickier in video games. How do you represent it? How far will censorship go to blur the line? How can game designers offer us a different perspective on our most intimate poison? Today, Big Words introduces a more lively and active dialog between its two hosts as they discuss alcohol, on the screen and in front of it. 100% hangover-free.

Examples discussed: Phantom Brave, Red Dead Redemption, Catherine, Grand Theft Auto V, VA-11 HALL-A: Cyberpunk Bartender Action, The Witcher, Yakuza

Games we’re playing: No Man’s Sky (Pathfinder Update), Undertale, Nier: Automata

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