Episode 046: The Games People Play

Shall we play a game?” intoned the robotic 1980s computer-generated JOSHUA computer voice to a zitty young and innocent Matthew Broderick who had yet to be seduced by the horse-faced Sarah Jessica Parker.  That conversation nearly destroyed the world in a rain of nuclear fire.

So too with this one.

Josh and Keith talk about games and the playing of games; of what games mean and what games meant. Board games and the ritual of gathering they entail: Dare you learn the dread secret of the Inscrutable Mr. Hat(TM), The World’s Most Notorious And Mysterious Man? (Hint: It involves Keith cheating shamelessly at MONOPOLY) Find out how a young Josh invented both the cause and cure for OCD over one too many games of PERFECTION.  The hidden-mini-game of managing Keith’s unstable  cousin during family board game sessions… Keith’s broken compact with Old Scratch, and how Josh has misremembered Philip-K.-Dick-False-memory-style the key player of a story for over 25 years.

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