The following is an episode of The Drawing Board, a podcast and video series by With a Terrible Fate that highlights the unstructured conversations about video games from which our analytical content is derived.

Welcome to the second installment of Meet the Game Analysts, a video interview series designed to give readers of With a Terrible Fate a richer understanding of the people behind the video-game-story analyses available to read on this website.

Dan and Aaron sat down with Caymus Ducharme, one of the more recently added members of With a Terrible Fate’s growing team of analysts. Caymus first entered the game-analysis arena with an article exploring how The Witness stretches the limits of what’s possible in minimalist video-game storytelling. Last week, he published his second article: a comprehensive look at how NieR: Automata‘s Ending E set a new standard for interactive storytelling.

We spoke with Caymus about a wide range of topics, including:

  • His nuanced relationship with The Witness and the reasons that he chose it for his first article on With a Terrible Fate
  • A deep dive into his most recent article on NieR: Automata
  • How he views the relationship between video-game criticism and video-game appreciation
  • His origins with video games and video-game analysis
  • Why and how he believes that video games can continue to evolve and eventually tell better stories than Hamlet
  • Which video games and storytelling topics he wants to explore next

Check out the full interview below—and look forward to more analyses from Caymus coming soon!

Aaron Suduiko

Aaron Suduiko - Founder and Chief Video Game Analyst

Aaron Suduiko is the founder of With a Terrible Fate and a philosopher of video-game storytelling. He specializes in the impact of player-avatar relations on game stories.  Learn more here.

Dan Hughes

Dan Hughes - Video Game Analyst

Dan Hughes has dabbled in everything from playwriting to religious studies to YouTube personas. He is the seriesrunner for With a Terrible Fate's "Now Loading... The Video Game Canon!"  Learn more here.

Caymus Ducharme

Caymus Ducharme - Video Game Analyst

Caymus Ducharme is a video game analyst interested in articulating the literary value of games ranging from the classics, such as The Legend of Zelda, to the niche JRPG, such as Xenoblade Chronicles.  Learn more here.

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