Welcome to season 3 of Play Dead, the first and only podcast that looks exclusively at death in video games! Hosted by Gabby DaRienzo, Play Dead explores the different ways that death is used in video games and the meanings it has for both players and developers.
In this episode, Gabby talks with Dan Salvato, the creator of the critically-acclaimed, romance-slash-horror visual novel game Doki Doki Literature Club. They discuss writing mental health and horror games, subverting the visual novel genre, and how DDLC uses deletion as “death”. Warning: This episode contains spoilers for the game Doki Doki Literature Club, and discussion about sensitive subjects such as suicide and self harm.
Listen: Download: Play Dead: Season 3 Episode 2: Dan Salvato (19:20)
The music used in this episode comes from the Doki Doki Literature Club soundtrack which was composed by Dan Salvato.