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Thursday February 11th, 2021 with TwoKat

~Achievement Unlocked: Apotheosis!~ Welcome back to a new episode of "Grab the Guide!" This week I'm talking about a gorgeous game with a beautiful message; Journey. This is a game that makes you think deeply about life and love, and definitely solidified my love for "thatgamecompany." Get ready for some beautiful music, ComicCon and game play stories, an emotional anecdote, and whole lotta love for Journey!
"Journey is an indie adventure game co-developed by Thatgamecompany and Santa Monica Studio, published by Sony Computer Entertainment, and directed by Jenova Chen. It was released for the PlayStation 3 via PlayStation Network in March 2012 and ported to PlayStation 4 in July 2015. It was later ported to Microsoft Windows in June 2019 and iOS in August 2019.

In Journey, the player controls a robed figure in a vast desert, traveling towards a mountain in the distance. Other players on the same journey can be discovered, and two players can meet and assist each other, but they cannot communicate via speech or text and cannot see each other's names until after the game's credits. The only form of communication between the two is a musical chime, which transforms dull pieces of cloth found throughout the levels into vibrant red, affecting the game world and allowing the player to progress through the levels. The developers sought to evoke in the player a sense of smallness and wonder and to forge an emotional connection between them and the anonymous players they meet along the way. The music, composed by Austin Wintory, dynamically responds to the player's actions, building a single theme to represent the game's emotional arc throughout the story." (Wikipedia)

"According to Chen (one of the founders of TGC), the company focuses on creating video games that provoke emotional responses from players." (Journey Wiki)
Austin Wintory - Journey
The Call
Austin Wintory - Journey
First Confluence
Austin Wintory - Journey
Second Confluence
Austin Wintory - Journey
Austin Wintory - Journey
Third Confluence
Austin Wintory - Journey
The Road of Trials
Austin Wintory - Journey
Fourth Confluence
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Austin Wintory - Journey
Austin Wintory - Journey
Fifth Confluence
Austin Wintory - Journey
Austin Wintory - Journey
Final Confluence
Austin Wintory - Journey
The Crossing
Austin Wintory - Journey
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I Was Born For This
Austin Wintory - Journey

Thatgamecompany Website

Journey Wikipedia

Journey Wiki

Journey Soundtrack (Austin Wintory Bandcamp)

Journey Behind the Scenes


Journey on Steam

Journey on PlayStation Store



The Guardian (Article)
Interactive CKCU
Taliya Keshavjee (host)
Keep up to date on Twitter!

8:42 PM, February 9th, 2021
Excellent episode!! The music in Journey is amazing!

1:29 PM, February 16th, 2021
Taliya Keshavjee (host)
Thank you so much @N!!!

11:36 PM, February 17th, 2021
There is also a physical version of Journey for the PS3 that also includes Flower and Flow. Plus a load of extras: Thirty-minute behind-the-scenes documentary about the making of Journey *Creator Commentary playthroughs of all three games *Three exclusive mini-games from thatgamecompany *Concept art and screenshot galleries for all three games *Original soundtracks for all three games *PS3 dynamic themes and wallpapers *PSN avatars including eight exclusive new Journey avatars never released before *Official game trailers and developer diary videos *Reversible cover art

7:30 AM, May 9th, 2022