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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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?Read More
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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?Read More
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.Read More
Especially if you're Captain N.
If the world only exists to you as signals that your body sends to your brain, then how are virtual worlds all that different from the real world? Game/Show's new episode will show you why the difference between fake reality and real reality isn't as big as people would have you believe.Read More
Seriously, there should be, like, 20,000 shitty knock-offs by now.
Okay, hear us out. Yes, ripping off ideas from other, better material is probably bad. But as PBS Game/Show points out, Minecraft is ridiculously popular among gamers and non-gamers alike, so you'd expect more post-Minecraft game developers to be borrowing from their success in a big way. So what gives?Read More
Is it weird to play as the opposite gender when given the option in a game?
Not all games give you a choice of your character's gender, but some do. When given that choice, some people play as the opposite gender, and PBS Game/Show examines whether or not switching up your gender in a game is weird by examining the different reasons people choose to do it. As always, it's an interesting watch. Check it out.Read More
Game over, man. Game over.
Death is permanent, but not in video games. Unless it's permadeath, which is kind of a novel concept in gaming. When your character dies, that's it. There's no reloading. Game over. Forever. In this week's Game/Show host Jamin Warren looks at what video game permadeath can teach us about life and actual death.Read More
Turns out video games don't really portrait either gender well.
Last week PBS Game/Show tackled the idea of whether or not video games need Anita Sarkeesian's feminism. Not surprisingly, the comments on the thread went nuts. This week they've decided to look at how games handle male stereotypes. It's less of a hot button issue, but maybe it shouldn't be.Read More
Well, this should be a fun comments section!
Anita Sarkeesian is a social activist and feminist whose main focus happens to be the lack of diverse female characters ad tropes in mainstream video games. Naturally, a lot of gamers think she's trying to kill everything they love and hate her on sight. PBS Game/Show and Jamin Warren won't stand for that, of course.Read More
One of these per week really isn't enough.
We've talked a lot about violence in video games because we love video games, and well, they're violent. Instead of asking whether or not video games should be violent, host Jamin Warren looks at why they're violent. The simple answer is that games of all kinds are violent, but take a few minutes and let Jamin explain.Read More
A YouTube show about the relationship between video games and culture? SUBSCRIBED!
We already love the PBS YouTube shows Idea Channel and Off Book, so it's no surprise we like their new one Game/Show as well. It focuses specifically on the relationship between video games and culture, and it's incredible. The first episode has host Jamin Warren explain the endurance of Mario, Sonic, and Link as characters. We love this. A lot.Read More