Videogame Construct
A construct is an ideal object. Philosophically, all videogames are ideal worlds and not real worlds. Therefore the title of this podcast is redundant. Mind: blown. Videogames are full of philosophy and your hosts are here to show you. If it's pop-culture and videogame related, you can bet we'll talk about it and how it affects our perceptions of our world and the constructs we enjoy.

It is with great happiness I declare that my second child, my first daughter, arrived safely Friday morning at 8:07. As a result, I spent the next couple of days in the hospital with my dear wife as she recovered and did some bonding with my new little gamer. As a result, I do not have an episode prepared for today. If you're reading this it means at the very least that you have an RSS reader that added this to your feed or that you follow my blog on Wordpress. I know I'm prone to missing weeks at a time, however I feel that at least acknowledging the absence of content is forgivable as I do have multiple episodes in the works, a solo episode, with featured guests, on emergent gameplay and how we can learn from games, as well as an upcoming duo with Jason on Mass Effect which ought to be a really deep, but also a very silly episode.

Thanks to everyone who listens, follows, etc... and as always feel free to contact myself, Jason or the show on our various correspondence methods.





Category:Update -- posted at: 1:43 AM

Jesse gets potentially tin-foil hat levels of crazy when he compares power-ups and even games themselves to drugs. If you have anything you'd like to add, feel free to contact us!


Direct download: 12_What_Are_Power-Ups.mp3
Category:Philosophy -- posted at: 2:51 AM

Jesse takes his life into his own hands by attacking the Gamer Gaters and calling out videogame journalists. Here's hoping he's not hacked and bankrupt before next week.

Direct download: Gamer_Gate_or_Growing_Pains.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:45 PM

Jesse deconstructs cheat codes then proceeds to kill the buzz by philosphizing on history, current events and how cheating defines us, both as gamers and as people.

For the complete list of Prima Games Top 100 Best Video Game Cheats, Codes and Tips of All Time go here:

Direct download: Cheaters_Always_Win.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:00 PM

Jason is back with Jesse this week as Jesse decides to take out his aggression on the series that has brought him so much happiness and so much heartbreak over the years, Mega Man. Jesse shares his thoughts on all the ways the series could have gone, all the ways Capcom messed things up and how he would do it differently if he had the chance.

The Descent spoiler - 2:40-3:18

Apologies for the corrections below, Jesse gets carried away when talking Mega Man.

At the 35:05 mark Jesse refers to "Super Mario World" and "Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island" but says "NES" when he meant Super NES or "SNES".

At the 42:26 mark Jesse says "Mega Man 3" when he meant "Resident Evil 3."

Here is the link to the Nerdist Podcast episode Jesse references at the end.

Here are the links to my ringtones:

And finally, here is the link to the discussion topic I created on the Mega Man subreddit



Direct download: Mega_Mega_Podcast.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:00 PM

Once again Jesse can't leave well enough alone and the format has changed in minor ways. First, there is a spoken intro. This is the normal and future format for all videogame production diaries. Then the intro and the outro have been adjusted as well, but we'll leave it to the listeners to determine whether or not they're improved.

In this solo outing Jesse discusses the impact games have on us, the science behind why we play and poor game design or broken development and how that affects us and our experiences. 

As always, he can be found on Twitter @liltooclinical. Follow the show on Facebook and G+ at "Videogame Construct" and on Twitter @VGConstruct. ENJOY!

Halo 4 (XB360) spoilers 5:30-6:20


Halo 1 (X-Box, XB360) spoilers 8:45-8:55


"Guardians of the Galaxy" (film) spoiler 46:35-46:45 (post credit sequence)


Batman Arkham City (XB360, PS3, PC) spoiler 47:54-48:05


Legendary (XB360, PS3) spoiler 50:23-50:29


Infinity Ward says COD gamers aren’t “gamers”


Top 7 Trendy Game Design Crutches


10 Most Common Game Design Mistakes


6 Crap Game Design Flaws that should be extinct by now but we accept them anyway


13 Game Design Crimes


Direct download: 8_Achievement_Unlocked.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:00 PM

Jesse announces his plans to make his own videogame and use the show as a production diary. Then he proceeds to explain why he plays games, asks some questions regarding violence and its effects and asks why other people play games.

Direct download: Why_Do_We_Play_Final.mp3
Category:Next Gen -- posted at: 5:52 AM

Jesse goes solo, don't worry, he explains why and why it's late and tells you what happened to the Batman episode. Then he gushes over Elder Scrolls Online for a while until he goes off the deep end with Matrix-like talk.


Steve Watts's article on Anti-Batmen for IGN:

Nintendo's latest screens from Smash Bros.:


Direct download: Do_We_Really_Know_What_Were_Doing_Final.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:58 AM

Jesse returns after an unintentional 4 week break with another solo-adventure through the world of videogame experiences. This week he breaks down how videogames ARE art with a conclusive and repeatable argument and explains how independent videogames are going to save the industry... kinda?

For more info on Roll 20 check out:

To follow the progress of, and learn more about, "Elite Dangerous" go to:

To contribute to, or just to learn more about, Star Citizen head to:


Direct download: Failure_to_Communicate_Final.mp3
Category:Philosophy -- posted at: 9:42 PM

Jesse returns solo to discuss the functionality of the term "video game" and its relevance. Prepare to hear some philosophical concepts such as "what is life?", "what is time?", "what is a friend?" and many more! Feel free to ignore this episode if you're not interested in finding out why any of this important to the culture.

Direct download: VG_Is_No_Longer_Enough_Final.mp3
Category:philosophy, MMO -- posted at: 5:00 AM