Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Last month, previous EXP podcast guest Nels Anderson made an interesting claim: videogames have far more in common with television than film. Truly the Citizen Kane of comparisons. Scott and I watch a lot of television, but we're no experts. So this week we thought it appropriate to discuss these two mediums with another guest. Joining us this week is Justin Keverne of Groping The Elephant. We are honored to have such an intelligent blogger and designer in our midst. Justin provides plenty of insight to go around and one of those charming British accents to serenade our listeners.
Join us while we discuss format breaks, self-created narratives, short attention spans, and television adaptations. Our hosting triad and the broad subject matter has made this podcast a little longer than normal. Don't worry, it is time well spent. You'll find Nels's original article in the show notes, along with supplemental articles we mention in the show and links to Justin's own work. As always, we'd love to hear your thoughts in the comments section below.
Some discussion starters:
- How does the viewing/playing format change your gaming experience?
- Do you find episodic games pleasing in the same way as television?
- Are lessons from the television format you'd like to see in games?
- Any television to videogame adaptations you'd like to see?
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- Run time: 45 min 37 sec
- "And They Rot Your Brain," by Nels Anderson via Above49
- "Journey Into the Cradle," by Kieron Gillen via Kieron Gillon's Workblog
- "Game Within a Game," by Justin Keverne via Video Games and Human Values Initiative
- Find more of Justin's work at Groping The Elephant
- Music provided by Brad Sucks