Month: November 2014

Abnormal Mapping 19: Gameography: Mike Joffe


Welcome, one and all, to another very special episode of Abnormal Mapping: our second Gameography! For those unfamiliar, a Gameography episode is where we take a close look at the work of a game maker, and approach it as a whole. This time, we chose to take a gander at the games of Mike Joffe, and were joined by the man himself for an incredibly fun and interesting interview!

Join us for talk of twine, trees and thanksgiving, as we dive into discussions of improvisational play, the function of anthropomorphism and the limits of authorial intent. And yet, all this is perhaps overshadowed, as Matthew brings unto Jackson the most horrifying of all revelations: The true meaning of Thanksgiving.

This is only our second Gameography, and we’d love for your feedback about our process, as well as any other random questions or comments. As ever, you can bother both of us on Twitter, or send us an email at:

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Gameography: Mike Joffe

Next Month’s Game Club:


Music This Episode

Blown Away by Kevin McLeod
The Good, the Bad and the Loris by Ennio Morricone and Mike Joffe



Abnormal Mapping 18: Shilly Shally Shuffle


Hope lies in ruins. The calamity hangs overhead. People look up, wishing that some savior will come. But nothing will save us from the inevitable: extended CGI anime movie sequels to games that didn’t need them. Alas, in this darkest hour, when all that is Holy is buried and the stigma of the planet taints even the bravest of us, the Abnormal Mappers are all that stand between the inevitable void and salvation. But worry not, this is just the last dream of all of us. The ultimate vision. One might even say … no, that’s not for mortal mouths to speak. It drives people mad, sputtering nonsense words like ‘shilly shally’ and ‘memetic legacy’. Fearing this fate, we dwell on the inconsequential: snowboarding, a few good Turks, and our own tiny hope for the future.

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Games Discussed: Sims 3, Binding of Isaac: Rebirth, Resident Evil 4, Broken Age, Bayonetta 2, Hatoful Boyfriend, Final Fantasy VII, Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children Complete

Music This Episode:
Blown Away by Kevin MacLeod
Those Who Fight (Piano Ver.) by Nobuo Uematsu
Tenrai ~Divinity II~ by Nobuo Uematsu
One Winged Angel by Nobuo Uematsu