Side-Quest 179. Rise and Grind to Lv 99!

Hello, and welcome to another episode of Talk This! It’s Dangerous to Podcast Alone. This week, we’re talking about grinding in video games. Sorry, you don’t get any XP for listening to our podcast.

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The Topic

Various pictures of pikachu evolving in Pokemon

What is grinding? What are some of the common usages of the term, and what are its proper usages? Is grinding always something to critique, or can it be a good thing? What are some of the modern concerns around grinding, especially around economic practices? Is treadmilling actually the better term?

The Actual Discussion

Screenshot of a farm in Stardew Valley

We talk about different experiences of grinding and the different genres where grinding can appear. We also get into why grinding can be both appealing and unappealing depending on how it’s used. Also, if the game is “grinding” then can you really call it grinding or is it just the game? The discussion gets a bit circular sometimes, we’re sorry.

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 Kowloon High-School Chronicle and Lies of P.

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