The Experience Points Podcast
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We all know there's no such thing as ghosts (right...?), but what about virtual ghosts?  This week, inspired by Jason Johnson's piece on Red Dead Redemption's haunted mansion, we discuss the myths, urban legends, and tall tales that crop up around games.  We talk about the ways games facilitate far out theories and why mysteries are so alluring to players.  Of course, you can't have conspiracies without fellow conspirators, so we're looking forward to hearing your theories in the comments.

And, just for fun, here's one of my favorite haunted RDR videos:

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Some discussion starters:

- What are some of your favorite gaming myths, rumors, and/or ghost stories?

- What type of game best facilitates folklore?  How do rules, systems, and plots inform theories?

- How have gaming urban legends changed over the years?

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Show notes:

- Run time: 29 min 48 sec

- "Black Undead Damnation," by Jason Johnson, via Kill Screen
- A list of rumors about Tumbleweed, from the <i>Red Dead Redemption</i> wiki on Wikia
- Music provided by Brad Sucks

Direct download: EXP_Podcast_173_legends.mp3
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