December 2022 Podcast: The challenges of open worlds, and named character vs. self inserts!

Asking all the hard questions (actually just having a laugh).

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Digitally Uploaded Podcast

Welcome everyone to the last podcast of 2022, and we have a bumper 2-hour special for your listening pleasure.

First of all, we talk about the last wave of games to land in the year (there’s more than you think!), and then we chat about the challenges of open-world games, and taking formerly linear adventures and moving them into those open spaces.

Finally, we talk about the two approaches to characterisation – named characters (where player choice over character creation might be limited) vs. character creation (where the developer has no idea what kind of character you’re controlling). What are the pros and cons of both, and which do you prefer?

We hope you all have a wonderful holiday season. The Digitally Uploaded podcast has really taken off this year, and we love having you all as listeners. See you in 2023!


The podcast is completely free, and there are a couple of ways that you can listen in:

1) Download the free Podbean application, and subscribe to the Digitally Uploaded podcast there (Just search “Digitally Uploaded”). Alternatively, you can find us through our Feed RSS, here:

2) Simply head on over to the Digitally Uploaded mini-website and follow us there. You’ll be able to download episodes that way too to listen to them offline:

3) Simply click on the player below to tune in as you browse DDNet!

4) We’re also on iTunes podcasts, which you can find here. Or Google Podcasts, which you can reach by clicking right here! Or Amazon’s Audible! We’re on there too! Click here. And now we’re on TuneIn too! Click here.

Enjoy, and as always, please do let us know if you’ve got any feedback or would like for us to discuss a particular topic on an upcoming show.

Matt S. is the Editor-in-Chief and Publisher of DDNet. He's been writing about games for over 20 years, including a book, but is perhaps best-known for being the high priest of the Church of Hatsune Miku.

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