Game/Show is how PBS talks about videogames

Mario, Sonic, and Link on the hero’s journey

PBS’s Idea Channel has talked about games in the past, at least once or twice. In fact, the show has an entire section on YouTube discussing games. It seems like the section does well enough for itself, as the people behind Idea Channel have debuted a new series that is “focused exclusively on the relationship between videogames and modern culture” called Game/Show. Episode One examines the undying popularity of Mario and his contemporaries through a discussion of economics, psychology, and the hero’s journey.

It’s a very PBS take on the topic of videogames, but I can’t help but wish they had gone just a little bit further with it. This isn’t the first time somebody has discussed the monomyth story archetype with respect to videogames, and it certainly won’t be the last. Still, I’ve got high hopes for this new series, and I’m looking forward to learning something new from it, while still spending time watching videos on the Internet about videogames.

Darren Nakamura
Darren is a scientist during the day. He has been a Destructoid community member since 2006, joining the front page as a contributor in 2011. While he enjoys shooters, RPGs, platformers, strategy, and rhythm games, he takes particular interest in independent games. He produced the Zero Cool Podcast for about four years, and he plays board games quite a bit when he can find willing companions.