The following is an episode of With a Terrible Fate’s weekly podcast discussing video-game storytelling from all angles. Find all episodes here.

In the inaugural issue of a new type of With a Terrible Fate audio content, join Aaron and Dan for a deep dive into the publication’s most recent analysis, “Critical Review: The Path to Necron in Final Fantasy IX.

Discussion topics include: what video games can learn from theater; the good, bad, and ugly of games that “break the fourth wall”; how complex stories like FFIX’s can be rendered coherent and compelling; FFIX’s place in the shadow of FFX; what FFIX’s endgame can teach us about the endgame of Final Fantasy VII Remake.

(Spoilers for Final Fantasy VI, Final Fantasy IX, Final Fantasy VII, Final Fantasy X, Final Fantasy VII Remake, and Bioshock.)

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.

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