Fortnite

fortnite

Fortnite has taken the video game market by storm. It is the very latest in freemium games. But while it’s at the cutting edge of technology, the way it works as a business model takes us back over 100 years ago to a specific type of economics. And as to why people play the game? For that you need to look even further back to ancient Rome. Allow NEON to take you on a journey to show you that Fortnite is a game 2,000 years in the making.

Written & Presented by Jem Duducu
Produced by Dan Morelle
Music: Imagine Dragons – Believer
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Assassin’s Creed

The video game is over 10 years old now but it started a hugely successful series that is still massively popular today. This episode looks at the game that kicked everything off. The game itself is set during the 3rd crusade it allows NEON to look at these religiously motivated campaigns. Jem explores what they were and what they weren’t and that why everything after 9/11 has been tainted by that event leading to all kinds of misconceptions about the crusades.  This episode features the real assassins, rampaging Mongols, violent pagans and the Pope comparing the attempted assassination of Queen Elizabeth I with a crusade. 

Written & Presented by Jem Duducu

Produced by Dan Morelle

Music: Black Sheep – Counting Sheep

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Battlefield 1

With video game logic, Battlefield 1 came out after Battlefield 4, the reason for the title is because it’s set in that most unlikely setting for a video game shooter; World War I. NEON applauds the fresh take on a war that is commonly explained as men sitting in trenches for 4 years. It is, as always, more complicated than the summary and this video game shows us this. From highlighting the brave exploits of now dead nations such as Austro-Hungary and the Ottoman Empire, to the diverse locations the war was fought. This game sneaks real history into the brains of teenagers of today.

Written & Presented by Jem Duducu

Produced by Dan Morelle

Music: Cavern – Liquid Liquid

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Far Cry 5

Far Cry 5 is an action-adventure first-person shooter game developed by Ubisoft Montreal and Ubisoft Toronto and published by Ubisoft for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. It is the eleventh entry and the fifth main title in the Far Cry series. The game takes place in the fictional Hope County, Montana, where charismatic preacher Joseph Seed and his cult Project at Eden’s Gate holds a dictatorial rule over the area. The story follows an unnamed junior deputy sheriff, who becomes trapped in Hope County and works alongside factions of a resistance to liberate the county from Eden’s Gate.

Written & Presented by Jem Duducu

Produced by Dan Morelle

Music: DJ Shadow ft. Nils Frahm – Scars

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God of War

Sony had allowed Kratos some well-deserved rest from his series of games until 2018 when a new one came out for the PS4. But this time they went from the legends of Greece, to the tales from Norse mythology. NEON looks at the evolution of the games as well as the evolution of the legends they are inspired by. Jem also points out the fact that a video game character was able to switch from one mythology to another tells us something else, the similarity of beliefs and storytelling from around the world.

Written & Presented by Jem Duducu
Produced by Dan Morelle
Music: Run the Jewels – Legend Has It
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Minisode: Ready Player One

Steeped in 80’s pop culture, try tearing us away from giving NEON’s take on Steven Spielberg’s latest blockbuster!

Written & Presented by Jem Duducu

Produced by Dan Morelle

Music: Jump – Van Halen

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Kingdom Come: Deliverance

Is it possible to create a medieval life simulator? If it is, does anybody want one? Warhorse studios decided to find out with their highly complex and inventive game this year. The comparison to Skyrim is inevitable and yet both games stand on their own as champions of the publisher’ vision. It also is a chance to look the game versus the reality of medieval life. NEON starts asking you morale questions not only about your actions in real life but how you may play video games in a way that isn’t quite cheating, but probably isn’t what the publishers had in mind either.

Written & Presented by Jem Duducu
Produced by Dan Morelle
Music: Beastie Boys – Piano Jam
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