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PBS Game/Show

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