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PBS Game/Show

  1. How the Gaming Industry’s Gender Problem Showed One Man the Importance of Feminism

    PBS Game/Show host Jamin Warren explains why the show so often discusses issues of gender and representation in video games and makes the point that criticizing something you love doesn't mean you love it any less.

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  2. Why Can’t Link Be a Girl in Legend of Zelda Games? Spoiler: There’s No Reason

    Hero of Time not Shero of Time, amirite? *Highest bro-five.*

    Personally, I'm all about Link as a stand in for the player and getting a gender option in forthcoming Zelda titles, but with each Link (outisde of direct sequels like Majora's Mask) being a different person anyway, a female Link wouldn't bother me in the least, and here's why it shouldn't bother anyone.

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  3. PBS Game/Show Tackles the Racist Pitfalls That Can Go Along With NPCs of Color in Video Games

    Yeah, I have always been a little side-eye about the Gerudo.

    Jamin Warren brings up a lot of good points about how the player agency which lies at the heart of most games often results in dehumanized NPCs, which become doubly problematic when PCs are majority white and/if NPCs are predominantly brown. He also tackles the common scifi/fantasy trope of using inter-species conflict as a metaphor for inter-racial conflict, one that I've been mulling over myself for a while now.

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  4. Let PBS’ Game/Show Explain Why You Still Play Smash Bros.

    Remix culture & smashing friendships

    "Smash Bros. toes the line between bringing us closer to our friends and destroying friendships forever."

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  5. Video Gaming Has a Problem With Jumping Realism, and It’s Mario’s Fault

    Don't try this at home.

    Humans as a species are not actually very good at jumping, but you wouldn't know that if you looked at video games. And not just platformers, either; even the most realism-driven games sometimes allow players to bounce off the walls like it ain't no thing.  So why is this such a pervasive mechanic? According to PBS Game/Show, it all points back to Super Mario Bros.—and, of course, a heavy dose of wish fulfillment.

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  6. Is Minecraft Saving the World From Sheltered Children? [Video]

    Not enough kids are playing "rock fights" these days.

    Looking for some imaginary paradise in your childhood that never actually existed can be a dangerous trap, but it's hard not to notice that parenting has changed, and it might not be for the better. Today's overprotective parents might actually be depriving their kids of valuable life experience, and those video games some are so afraid of might actually be helping—especially Minecraft.

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  7. Who Are the Greatest Female Video Game Characters? Game/Show Has a List

    Game developers should probably watch this video. A few times.

    Jamin Warren from PBS Game/Show has some guidelines for what makes a strong female character in games (like them actually being playable!) and he's used those guidelines to make a list of his favorites of all time. Besides the list he also talks about the real problems behind lack of representation in games and other media. Check it out and let us know some of your favorite female characters in the comments.

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  8. Gamer Shares Touching Story of Finding His Late Father’s In-Game Ghost in Racing Game

    Warning: you may tear up over a gaming story.

    In most racing games, a player's best timed run on a given track is recorded by the game as a "ghost" that can be played against to improve upon records and hone your skills. In one gamer's case, the ghost became a lot more literal after his father passed away, and he stumbled upon one of his dad's best times still within the memory of RalliSport Challenge. His story is a moving look at how truly emotional gaming can be.

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  9. Does Twitch Make Us Better or Worse at Games?

    It definitely seems to make us worse at Pokémon, at least.

    Twitch is having a huge impact on the world of competitive gaming, because it's easier to watch than ever. Does it have an impact on the way we play games, though? Scientific studies on the matter suggest that it does, and it's not all good news.

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  10. PBS Game/Show Host Jamin Warren Asks If Net Neutrality Is Bad for Gamers

    Bad things tend to be bad for everyone, so yeah, probably.

    In the latest episode of PBS Game/Show host Jamin Warren asks whether the end of Net Neutrality would be bad for gamers. It's a serious issue that could have ramifications for anyone who uses the Internet (see: Everyone) but Warren focuses on how it could affect gamers specifically. Take a look.

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  11. Is There Even Such a Thing as an “Indie Game” Anymore?

    I don't know. Ask indie movies... if you can figure out what they are anymore.

    Just where is the line between a big studio title and an "indie game" anymore? Game distribution is undergoing a massive shift, and it's making the difference between indie games and those from big publishers a little hard to discern. That won't stop Game/Show from trying, though.

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  12. What Is the Future of Gaming, and What Does It Mean for the Future of Everything?

    Sadly, real life will probably go in a more Ender's Game direction than a Last Starfighter one.

    What's going to happen in the future of gaming? Of course, there will be amazing AI and virtual reality, which we can already see taking shape right now, but what about further down the line? Game/Show has some ideas about how the technology in the future of gaming will impact the future in general, because it's already kind of happening.

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  13. Should All Videogames Be Free to Play? PBS Game/Show Explains

    It sounds like communist nonsense, but he does have a point.

    Playing video games is an incredibly expensive hobby. Okay, maybe not as expensive as comic books when you look at the cost per hour of entertainment, but most of the time you need a several hundred dollar console just to get started, so yeah, it's pretty prohibitive. But could gravitating towards the Free to Play model of gaming help?

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  14. PBS’s Game/Show Examines The Worst Games Ever (And What Makes Them So Bad)

    "Worst game of all time, barely playable, horrible NPCs - 9/10."

    We've all played a horrifically-awful game and berated ourselves for wasting our time, money, and effort. But what is it, exactly, that makes a game empirically bad? Jamin Warren of PBS's Game/Show takes a look at some of the worst games of all time, and what it is that makes us hate them so very much.

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  15. Could Dark Souls Be the Future of Storytelling in Gaming? [Video]

    Wow, am I the only one who has no problem with cutscenes?

    Jamin Warren of PBS Game/Show really hates cutscenes. Even when seamlessly integrated into the gameplay, cutscenes still remove all sense of agency and turn the player into a viewer instead. But is story even necessary? And can diagetic story-driven games like Dark Souls or Gone Home pick up the slack?

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  16. Virtual Reality is Coming and You Are Going To Suck At It, Says PBS Game/Show

    BOO THINGS ARE COMING AT YOU

    The growth of the oculus rift is incredibly exciting, but it's totally going to explode your brain when you put it on, because we have a harder time distinguishing between virtual reality and actual reality than we previously thought. So how's this going to affect our gaming abilities? PBS Game/Show attempts to explain.

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  17. PBS Game/Show Looks at Why We Love and Hate NPCs

    Hey! Listen! Hey! Hey! Listen! Hey! Hey! Hey! Hey! Hey! Hey! Listen! Listen!

    Non-Playable Characters (NPCs) in video games can often be some of the best (or worst) parts of games. Jamin Warren explains why we get so attached to these characters we can't play in the latest episode of his wonderful webseries PBS Game/Show. Who are some of your favorite NPCs of all time?

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  18. What Even Is a Gamer, Anyway? [Video]

    Aside from a movie nobody saw.

    Gamer is a term that gets thrown around a lot with many applications but a pretty fuzzy definition. Unfortunately, it's often used to create an "us versus them" scenario that only serves to divide people and diminish the worth of different groups and genres. What can we do about it? Game/Show's got a pretty good idea for us.

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  19. PBS Game/Show Explains How Zelda Exploits Your Nostalgia, but Maybe in a Good Way

    Find the Triforce of Nostalgia.

    Pretty much everyone loves The Legend of Zelda, right? Right. Of course they do; it's great. But, do we love it because Nintendo is playing to our sense of nostalgia? What is nostalgia anyway? Jamin Warren explains in the latest episode of PBS Game/Show and even answers questions from a Vegas hotel room.

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  20. Does Artificial Intelligence Have A Place in eSports?

    Maybe if we teach the robots to play video games, they'll let us live after the revolution.

    Games like League of Legends, Call of Duty, or Planetside 2 are notable for their cooperative play between real live teammates. But what if one of those teammates could be replaced by a capable A.I.? PBS Game/Show thinks it might be worth doing in the future as a way to streamline gamplay. Here's their argument for why.

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