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Podcast: What game is the biggest "time sink"?

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Your time is important. And you know what? So is mine. Here’s this week’s podcast, the Electronic Wireless Show. It’s about how your life is dripping away every second you play Stardew Valley.

Time sinks. That’s what it’s about. Games that eat up our precious lifeforce in ways we like and ways we don’t. Nate says Civilization V is a contender. Alice B points a cannibalistic finger at Graveyard Keeper. And Graham turns the whole show into a sports podcast by talking about Football Manager.

But we've also been playing things, because that's why they pay us. Alice has been slooping around in Close to the Sun, an art deco first-person adventure that's, uh, a bit like BioShock. Nate has been bleeding nature dry in Rise of Industry. And Graham has been scavenging bright bits of stuff in Forager.

You can listen on Spotify, or above, or go straight to Soundcloud where you can download it for later.

You can also get the RSS feed here or find it on iTunes, Stitcher or Pocket Casts. Music is by Jack de Quidt, whose melodies never take more than a minute.


The Yule Lads are terrifying

Graveyard Keeper is like Stardew Valley but in a cemetery

Football Manager is best played when you take it too seriously

Sunderland ‘Til I Die trailer

Forager review

Spaceplan is the funny potato clicker game

The gang in Space Engineers are... Wastes of Space

Close to the Sun is basically BioShock with Tesla even if they say it isn’t

Success is in your blood in Rise of Industry

Open TTD is a free version of Transport Tycoon Deluxe

The Empire is a LARP that Nate likes

The OA is about a missing blind girl who reappears with her sight restored

The Song of Achilles is a book about Greek shagging

Circe is about a nice witch who turns men into pigs

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Close To The Sun


Football Manager 2019

PC, Mac, Nintendo Switch

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Graveyard Keeper

Xbox One, PC

Rise of Industry

PC, Mac

Sid Meier's Civilization V

Video Game

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