Electronic Wireless Show Podcast Episode 173: Best MacGuffins in Special Games

Inspired by how much Matthew made me laugh with his withering assessment of the MacGuffin in the movie Red Notice being an egg, this week’s Electronic Wireless Show podcast is all MacGuffin, all the time. We discuss some of our favorite examples of the plot device in question found in video games, which of course leads to some interesting discussions about what a MacGuffin even is. Can a MacGuffin be intangible? No, probably not.

We discuss whether a MacGuffin is improved by replacing it with an egg (yes), why many games have souls as MacGuffins, and what our own personal MacGuffins would be. More! Impressions from Henry “Vitamin H” Cavill and sensational new character Sir Terence Plunder. Will Sir T become a regular on podcasts? Only time will tell. There’s no Cavern Of Lies this week, but in a shocking turn of events, it’s because Nate forgot, not because I forgot. Hooray!


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Connections
Souls and soul acquisition are a big deal in many games (including the upcoming Total War: Warhammer 3) and things like Death’s Door.

Diablo II is a nesting game from MacGuffins. Resident Evil should be renamed MacGuffin Mansion.

Assassin’s Creed has a confusing number of alien MacGuffins from the past called things like The Apple.

In the Tomb Raider series, there are many MacGuffins, although Lara’s attitude towards them changes over time.

Dragon Age II has a MacGuffin bait and switch.

Red Dead Redemption 2 has a $150,000 MacGuffin, and similarly in GTAV you just need to earn a lot of money, which is nice and clear motivation.

In Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines, the MacGuffin is a sarcophagus with an explosive surprise.

Recommendations this week are TV show The Beast Must Die (which is unfortunately on BritBox), true crime documentary The Tinder Swindler on Netflix and YouTube channel The Budget Museum.

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