Game Older

A podcast where old(er) people talk about playing (frequently older) games.

Game Older: Quern

An Early Neolithic (3700 - 3500 BC) saddle quern and rubbing stone, image courtesy of

In celebration of the 25th anniversary of Myst, Andi and Jonathon discuss their history with the Myst franchise, games that remind us of Myst, and their experience playing the 2016 game Quern: Undying Thoughts.

Media used

  • Cyan logo soundtrack, Windows 3.1 release
  • Myst Theme, Myst OST
  • Moiety Theme, Riven OST
  • Finale, Myst OST
  • Adventure, Fez OST

Games mentioned

  • Myst (franchise)
  • Breath of the Wild
  • The 7th Guest
  • Lemonade Stand
  • Quern: Undying Thoughts
  • Obduction
  • Fez
  • The Witness
  • SOMA
  • Celeste
  • Gone Home
  • Tacoma
  • What Remains of Edith Finch
  • Dear Esther
  • The Journeyman Project (franchise)

Game Older: Dads

album artwork for P.O.A. album, "Home"

In a very special episode of Game Older, Jonathon explores the primordial history of his computing and gaming life by talking with his dad, who was there to witness it all. Along the way they divert into such tangents as the horrors of VHS tracking, TI-99 machine code, and Microsoft Flight Simulator.

This episode features prominent clips from the album "Home," a self-produced record from the 1970's gospel band P.O.A.

After publication, Andy Anderson followed up with this response:

While listening to this, I remembered that my first encounter with computer games was around 1973 or 74 when I went with a friend to EIU's computer lab (he was a student) and played a text game in which you were given information about an enemy invader and and had to make decisions regarding your strategy. No graphics, just text. The game was on the mainframe. It was INTERESTING.

Media used

  • Not So Cheap Thrills
  • Son Rise
  • Soul Brother
  • Lantern
  • Sleeping
  • Home

Also includes a clip of the soundscape from the Matel Intellivision game "Snafu," as well as a clip from ISO/BOBS: The Lonesome Pine Special, which bears particular sgnificance to both Jonathon and his dad. Listen to find out more!

Game Older: SOMA

a photo of glass fish and diver

After playing and ranting about Amnesia, the Dark Descent, Andi and Jonathon revisit the work of Frictional Games with their latest entry, SOMA.

Media used

  • The Prestige
  • SOMA soundtrack
  • Star Trek, Deep Space 9
  • Balance and Ruin: Elegy for a Ruined World

Game Older: Amnesia

the brazen bull

Jonathon's got things to say about Frictional Games' "Amnesia: the Dark Descent"! After trying and failing to put his thoughts down in essay form, he's taken to the podcast in hopes that Andi will be able to extract from him why he thinks that the game is more than just a really good monster closet.

Games mentioned

  • Amnesia: the Dark Descent
  • Amnesia: a Machine for Pigs
  • Soma
  • Silent Hill 2
  • Resident Evil (series)
  • The Witness
  • Bioshock
  • Valkyria Chronicles

Game Older: Brothers


Andi played Brothers: a Tale of Two Sons with our two sons one Sunday afternoon, and went in blind. Hear her go into emotional detail about why she might have regretted it.

Music used

  • Brothers: a Tale of Two Sons (launch trailer theme)
  • No Sugar In My Coffee by Caught in a Ghost (from the reveal trailer for A Way Out)

Game Older: Tandem Gaming

tandem bicycle

Andi and I play games together, but not really traditional multiplayer games. Join us for a long-delayed, rambling conversating about what games bring us together; and how it affects us, our friends, and our family.

Games mentioned

  • Myst (series)
  • Prince of Persia: Sands of Time
  • Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
  • Peasant's Quest
  • Donkey Kong Country
  • Donkey Kong Country Returns
  • Valkyria Chronicles
  • New Super Mario Bros.
  • Super Mario Galaxy (series)
  • Mass Effect (trilogy)
  • Metal Gear Solid (series)
  • Obduction
  • The Witness
  • Ibb and Obb
  • Dark Souls 2
  • Snipperclips
  • The Walking Dead
  • Heavy Rain
  • Indigo Prophecy
  • Half Life 2
  • Portal (series)
  • Fable 2
  • Oblivion
  • Final Fantasy
  • Final Fantasy X
  • Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages and Oracle of Seasons
  • World of Warcraft
  • Legend of Zelda: Minish Cap

Music used

  • Myst Theme by Robyn Miller, from Myst
  • Succeeded Wish (instrumental) from the Valkyria Chronicles "Steam" Launch Trailer

Game Older: The Witness

The Witness

Long imagined but never before realized, I managed to get one of my non-gamer friends to actually play a game and share their experience with me! My father-in-law saw me playing The Witness over Christmas, and didn't want me to leave before I set him up to play it after I was gone. More than that, he totally bought in to engaging with it at a satisfying philosophical level. I loved having the conversation, and I hope you enjoy listening to it.

Music used

  • Escape Artist by Zoe Keating (from the trailer for The Witness)