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We finally get around to talking about how The Evil Within 2 is an amazing, unsung gem of the eighth generation. We discuss its many quirks, from amazing open-world gameplay to a villain that can only be described as "Cutie Hannibal." You couldn't make this stuff up, even if you were injecting CBD straight into your neck like our guy Sebastian does…
 
The sons of light round out a discussion on how the concept of identity relates to their faith journeys. In this first part, they discuss how their sense of self has changed since going through their faith transition, if they would say they are still “Mormon” in any sense, and what the Bible has to say about identity.…
 
Retro Month winds down as we check out Carrion, a unique twist on the Metroidvania formula that has you playing as the monster - an amorphous predatory blob hell-bent on turning a perfectly good space station into a blood-splattered mess of exposed wires and gore. What a jerk!Par Two musicians talking about Horror Video Games
 
The sons of light continue a discussion on how the concept of identity relates to their faith journeys. In this first part, they discuss whether or not they had internalized an identity as Mormon by the time they were adults, whether or not tribal mentality affects Christians, and if their transition to Protestant Christianity resulted in a disturb…
 
Retro Month takes a modern detour as we check out Faith, the Atari-style horror game developed by Airdorf Games and released in 2017. James thinks it's a masterpiece and Ali thinks it has more in common with the flawed-but-fascinating game we covered in the NES Horror episode.Par Two musicians talking about Horror Video Games
 
The sons of light begin a discussion on how the concept of identity relates to their faith journeys. In this first part, they discuss when they first recall having a sense of self, what role their religion played in their sense of self as a child, and how the LDS Church specifically shaped their sense of self during their adolescent years.…
 
We take a look at a few licensed horror games on the Nintendo Entertainment System and find a surprisingly ambitious cross-section of ideas that predict where the Survival Horror genre would eventually go. In this pre-history of horror, we're checking out Nightmare on Elm Street, Friday the 13th and Monster Party. Turns out some of the crappy platf…
 
In this episode, the sons of light discuss an article by Michael titled, "The Three LDS Conversions: A Primer for the Befuddled." While the intended audience of this article is Christians witnessing to Latter-day Saints, the discussion here could be helpful to an LDS or post-LDS seeking to understand their own interactions with the LDS Church. We h…
 
Retro Month Begins! Episode 73 finds us discussing a handful of Horror games that were available on the Sega Genesis, the 16-bit console favored by the cool kids who smoked cigs and watched R-rated movies. We are mostly talking Devilish, Decap Attack and Haunting Starring Polterguy but - as per usual - it goes all over the place.…
 
We run through The Dread X Collection, a new virtual game jam inspired by PT and sharing some similarities with the Haunted PS1 Demo Disc. We talk about the highs and lows of the collection as well as why we love bite-sized indie games - especially after a summer of epic-length disappointments.Par Two musicians talking about Horror Video Games
 
The sons of light wrap up their discussion of topics related to salvation, covering questions about how works play into salvation, real talk on whether they ever doubt their salvation, what gives them hope in those moments, and how their view of Christ has changed after leaving the LDS faith. They're also introduced to Mr. Pibb.…
 
We take a look at two exceptional video-game-to-movie adaptations that stand out from the pack of generally terrible, bone-headed "re-imaginings" - Mari Asato's "Fatal Frame" and John Hsu's "Detention." We talk a lot about East Asian Horror and what makes a good adaptation while dissecting the finer points of these surprisingly great films. Be warn…
 
The sons of light welcome Jaxon Washburn to the podcast. Jaxon is an aspiring LDS scholar who wrote a blog article defending the idea that Moroni 10:32-33 in the Book of Mormon teaches salvation by grace. We invited him on to discuss that article and topics related to LDS teachings on salvation more broadly.…
 
As a supplement to our discussion of race and gender in Deadly Premonition 2, we're making our Zero Brightness Plus episode on Representation (from January 2020) available to the public. If you like what you hear, we do an episode like this every week for our Patreon subscribers. You can sign up at patreon.com/zerobrightness to hear all 40-somethin…
 
We attempt to review the launch-day version of Deadly Premonition 2 - a feat that is mostly impossible due to a combination of broken gameplay, extremely buggy code and an offensive plot that has already been retconned (but not yet patched!). Was all of this a terrible mistake? Are our hazy memories of Greenvale just beautiful lies? Listen on to fi…
 
We talk about two Horror SHMUPs, a rare sub-sub-genre of games that mix the gameplay of classic arcade shoot-em-ups with the aesthetics of horror. We discuss the visceral delights (and Bullet Hell-induced headaches) of dodging and shooting as well as the bits of story and Edward Gorey-inspired aesthetics sprinkled throughout these games.…
 
In this episode, the sons of light tackle questions that Michael, The Ex-Mormon Apologist, used to toss at Christians to try to undermine the Doctrine of the Trinity. They talk about their own struggles with understanding this doctrine and what ultimately convinced them that it is a biblical doctrine, and led them to accept it. The questions here s…
 
We're talking about... Hitman? Listen, I don't have some amazing reason why we're talking about Hitman besides that it's really good and you should play it. We also talk about where we're at with the show, the joys of open-ended gameplay and the adventures of Agent Forty-leven, the world's shittiest super-spy.…
 
In this episode, the sons of light tackle questions that Michael, The Ex-Mormon Apologist, used to toss at Christians to try to undermine the Doctrine of the Trinity. They talk about their own struggles with understanding this doctrine and what ultimately convinced them that it is a biblical doctrine, and led them to accept it. The questions here s…
 
In this episode, the sons of light tackle questions that Michael, The Ex-Mormon Apologist, used to toss at Christians to try to undermine the Doctrine of the Trinity. They talk about their own struggles with understanding this doctrine and what ultimately convinced them that it is a biblical doctrine, and led them to accept it. The questions here s…
 
We attempt to cover The Last of Us Part II; the sprawling, controversial and eagerly awaited follow-up to Naughty Dog's modern classic. Fittingly, we have an epic-length conversation that covers everything from internet trolls to people being confused by bodybuilders. Somewhere in there, James assigns a numerical score to a video game and Ali pause…
 
To tide y'all over until we have our Last of Us 2 episode read later this week, we've made on of our patreon-exclusive episodes free to the public. It's a highly relevant discussion of AAA action adventure games and if you like what you hear, you can sign up at patreon.com/zerobrightnessPar Two musicians talking about Horror Video Games
 
We finally tackle The Last of Us, Sony's megaton Horror exclusive that has been equally era-defining and controversial. Monica Coleslaw joins for a discussion of video game violence, TV adaptations, bad dads and the suspicious way in which all AAA video games are sorta the same. Press R1 to come back next week for a discussion of the sequel!…
 
We have a discussion about police violence (largely centered around the George Floyd protests in Minneapolis) and what role art has in spurring on social change - relating it back to the topics we repeatedly bring up like media representation and messaging.Par Two musicians talking about Horror Video Games
 
We're talking about Nightcry, the irredeemably awful "spiritual successor" to Clock Tower that fails on every level. James mounts a small yet sturdy defense of the game as we both dissect its merits as a MST3K-style experience. Questions abound. like "is it so bad it's funny?" and - more importantly - "Why did we subject ourselves to this?"…
 
We're talkin' Disaster Report 4, the brand new PS2-style survival game that time-traveled to use from 2011 with all of its weirdness fully intact. We discuss what makes this game good-bad, its budget-game lineage and how its out-of-place lasciviousness gives it "Big Boomer Energy." It's Disaster Report, dawg, we had to get weird on this one.…
 
We're talking Yuppie Psycho, a 2D Survival Horror game that mixes 16-bit gameplay with classic survival horror and garnishes the whole thing with a dark but quirky slice-of-life workplace character drama. Topics discussed include hiding under desks, work efficiency trends, monster energy drink and capitalism. Now get back to work, ya slackers!…
 
The Sons of Light discuss some questions that all questioning Latter-day Saints or post-Latter-day Saints have to grapple with after they have crawled over, or under, or around the Book of Mormon: What About Scripture? Is there such as thing as a written Word of God? If so, where can it be found? This is part of our Articles of Faith Series. Here w…
 
The Sons of Light discuss some questions that all questioning Latter-day Saints or post-Latter-day Saints have to grapple with after they have crawled over, or under, or around the Book of Mormon: What About Scripture? Is there such as thing as a written Word of God? If so, where can it be found? This is part of our Articles of Faith Series. Here w…
 
The Sons of Light discuss some questions that all questioning Latter-day Saints or post-Latter-day Saints have to grapple with after they have crawled over, or under, or around the Book of Mormon: What About Scripture? Is there such as thing as a written Word of God? If so, where can it be found? This is part of our Articles of Faith Series. Here w…
 
The Sons of Light discuss some questions that all questioning Latter-day Saints or post-Latter-day Saints have to grapple with after they have crawled over, or under, or around the Book of Mormon: What About Scripture? Is there such as thing as a written Word of God? If so, where can it be found? This is part of our Articles of Faith Series. Here w…
 
Ali finally gets his way as we discuss Prey, the massively underrated and mostly forgotten 2017 immersive sim that managed to marry sci-fi scares to open-ended gameplay. We discuss the finer points of the Immersive Sim genre while trying to figure out why no-one will play our favorite games. For the record: I did install Hitman and I'm gonna play i…
 
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