Abnormal Mapping 22: Lana From The Block


The Mappers are joined in this January episode by one of the few games writers they’re genuinely intimidated by, and they go on a heady adventure into lands untold. How does anyone understand the landscape of a culture whose history keeps disappearing? What does it mean to want to work in a field and criticize works when every aspect of that production is increasingly devalued in both money and regard? What does it mean to explore the murky issues of consent in games? And how long can you exist on a ghostly train ride before it becomes a lens through which you view your own predispositions? All these questions and more are yours inside when Matthew and Jackson try their best to keep up with Lana Polansky in this heady, intense, appropriately metaphorical train wreck of an episode. Please enjoy!

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Our guest this month is Lana Polansky, who you can find at Sufficiently Human and on Patreon and Twitter.

This Month’s Game Club Gameoffɭine

Next Month’s Game Club Game: Yakuza 3

Music In This Episode

Blown Away by Kevin McLeod
the soundscape of offɭine by NAWKSH
Snowflakes by Shoji Meguro

Things (All Of Them, Until We Can’t Link Anymore) Discussed in This Episode

Arcade Review
Five out of Ten
Cahiers du cinéma
Critical Distance
Good Games Writing
Zoya Street
Reading EGM
Celia Pearce 
Tracy Fullerton 
Jacquelyn Ford Morie
A Game of One’s Own 
Computers as Theatre by Brenda Laurel 
Frances Hodgson Burnett 
Hélène Cixous
Simone de Beauvoir
Charlotte Perkins Gilman
Virginia Woolf 
Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction by Walter Benjamin
Leigh Alexander 
“You Can Sleep Here All Night”: Video Games and Labor by Ian Williams
TJ Thomas
Austin C Howe
Espen Aarseth
Roland Barthes
Susan Sontag
Gita Jackson
Mike Joffe (Check out our prior episode featuring an interview with Mike!)
Theatre of the Oppressed by Augusto Boal 
Videogames of the Oppressed by Gonzalo Frasca
The Crew Review: Postcard America by Austin Walker 
Level 99 Capitalist by Stephen Beirne
Gender Trouble by Judith Butler
80 Days
Justice Points podcast 
Bayonetta and .error404: Two Concepts of Nudity by Katherine Cross
Consensual Torture Simulator by Merritt Kopas 
Hurt Me Plenty by Robert Yang 
Flushed: A Toilet Gaming E-Zine
Pol Clarissou
Las Meninas, Diego Velazquez
night tune
Even The Stars
Andi Mcclure
Actual Sunlight (and Jackson’s old writing on that game)
There Are Monsters Under Your Bed
Everyone’s Hot For Worf (Lana’s upcoming parody game)


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