Side-Quest 164. Let Them Cook

Hello, and welcome to another episode of Talk This! It’s Dangerous to Podcast Alone. This week, we’re talking about cooking in video games. Sometimes you just throw what you have in a pot, I understand you, Link.

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The Topic

Link cooking in Breath of the Wild

What sorts of cooking can you do in games? What are the different purposes for cooking food in games? How do cooking systems and food systems relate? What sorts of feelings can virtual cooking evoke in the people playing the game? Do these systems successfully evoke the real feeling of cooking or not?

The Actual Discussion

Selecting what Ignis should cook in Final Fantasy XV

We talk about why fishing minigames are bigger than cooking minigames. We talk about the realism of different cooking systems (putting aside that many cooking systems use made-up food). Also, we separate “cooking games” from “games with cooking” and talk about the differences between those.

Enjoy the episode! Tell us what you think in the comments or on social media. Make sure to check out last week’s episode and look forward to next week’s where we’re talking about League of Legends and Dredge.

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