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PBS Game/Show

  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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