Let’s Listen

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Origin Story

May 20, 2020

 

My name is Sam Hillestad, and I'm the creator of the Let's Listen podcast! 

I grew up playing video games with my brother. We gravitated toward story-rich RPGs like Oblivion and Final Fantasy. There was a magic in those games, a magic that we could share and experience together. That's the magic I aim to recreate with Let's Listen — a collective experience of some of the greatest video game stories of all time.

I started this podcast on a fundamental belief: a belief that those video game stories could stand toe-to-toe with the best TV shows and movies. Because it's not the graphics or the gameplay that make a great video game story. It's the music and the atmosphere. It's the writing, the characters, and the voice actors who bring them to life.

Season 1 tells the story of The Walking Dead from Telltale Games. It's one of the most intense narratives I've ever experienced. I cried on multiple occasions. It's a beautiful and heartbreaking tale of family, betrayal, survival, and the ever-thinning line between the living and the dead. Let's Listen is an experiment to recreate that story in an audio-only format, and I hope you join me on that journey.

You can get in touch at theletslistenpodcast@gmail.com or follow the podcast on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.