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Is anyone aware of other sites/youtube videos/whatever that do this kind of thing? Specifically I'm looking for sites that aim a critical eye on the specifics of mechanics, the competence of narrative, implications of a game's technical implementation (P2P vs client server, damage models, etc), and not things we see on most game related sites such as product reviews and other opinion pieces. As much as I do enjoy these consumer focused sites, I feel as though there is a severe lack of academic or other critical analysis of a game's systems or ethics, aside from an occasional piece on gamasutra or in a classroom somewhere. I enjoy finding these kinds of conversations on this site, but most other places tend to devolve into people yelling opinions at one another, or other chest thumping nonsense. In case I'm being overly obtuse, here are a couple examples: Matthew Matosis, Errant Signal, and Instig8tive Journalism, three youtubers with a similar analytic style Groping the Elephant a blog dedicated to level design in games Tiny Subversions a blog written by Darius Kazemi, generally more focused on the technical implementation of game mechanics and those implications. Also a really nice guy. Cane and Rinse podcast retrospectives on 1+ year old games in a kind of book club format
Hey guys, I've been thinking lately about inclusion in gaming. I've made a video exploring my opinions about inclusion in first person shooters, but I thought it'd be interesting to open up the discussion to other genres as well. What stops you from playing a particular game, or particular genre? Are there any games in particular that feel especially tough to get into, whether due to perceived complexity or difficulty? What about games that were once exclusive but have now become mainstream hits? Is there a game you really want to play but can't for some reason (like it's too expensive, or it would take up too much of your time)? Beardo