Posts Tagged ‘ michael abbott

Episode 66 – Getting Brainy about Game Violence

walking dead gun

Michael Abbott, also known as the Featuring tracks by Brainy Gamer, has a unique voice in games journalism. For this episode, he adds a perspective about game violence straight from the pages of the Brainy Gamer blog. Our conversation tackles several facets of the issue to provide a broader understanding. This will help us communicate with non-gamers who misconceive of what games are and could be.

Understanding the issue on the other side is key to creating a meaningful dialog over something that can instill fear stemming from a misunderstanding of the medium. We outline the importance of understanding the perspective of the other end of the issue. That perhaps marketing of games could be setting our argument back a bit. That we need to rise above the current conception being built around us.

Michael suggests that we could build a campaign of sharing our stories. We all have our own stories in our lives about video games. This can be an effective tool of evangelism for games and the role they can play in our lives, violent or not. Even going as far as “diagnosing” someone and matching them with their perfect game just to give them a taste of the joy that perfect game can bring.

This frames the conversation and levels the playing field. It makes inflammatory comments made by politicians, lobbyists, and talking heads sound even more ridiculous. It seems far fetched, but possible.

We end the show talking about how much we enjoy Telltale Game’s The Walking Dead, and how it can be a prime example of everything we discussed earlier in the episode.

Featuring tracks by WMD.

Episode 26 – Did You Catch That?

AJBS, A Jumps B Shoots, Michael Abbott, Brainy Gamer, brainygamer.com, Souleye
Some stories are puzzles that require time and patience. Bits of narrative may be hinted at, but not brought to the forefront. In these cases it’s our job to piece together the hidden meaning—one that requires a special type of aspirational understanding.

On this episode we invite Michael Abbott back from his podcast and blog duties at The Brainy Gamer to help us understand the purpose of aspirational reading in video games, and how it affects how we view the medium. What kind of experiences can we create through the ludo-narrative, as told by gameplay rather than what’s written? What ownership do we take of our gaming avatars, and what does that roleplaying mean? From Red Dead Redemption to Suda 51’s auteurship, the conversation results in several interesting points (and moves to some unexpected places).

A special thanks again goes out to Michael Abbott for all he does to continue a deeper conversation about video games and our perceptions of them.

Featuring music from the VVVVVV OST by Souleye


Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap
Kinect Disneyland Adventures
Putt-Putt Saves the Zoo
Cave Story 3D
Pushmo
Out of the Park Baseball
Stratomatic Online
Amy
Chrono Trigger

Soundtracks:
VVVVVV OST
Bastion OST
Osmos OST

Episode 24 – A Picture, A Sound, A Word

AJBS, A Jumps B Shoots, Michael Abbott, Brainy Gamer, brainygamer.com, saskrotch
Video games seem to have an aesthetic all their own. The medium demands the creator give up direction of their works to an outside audience; so crafting the visuals, sound, dialog, and story around this constraint has built a unique approach to developing a style all their own. We Skype-in Michael Abbott, better known as The Brainy Gamer, to explore the distinct method and examples of successful constructions of video game aesthetics. We are also inviting Michael back for the next episode to get to the topic we were unable to get to – aspirational understanding of video games that demand more than your passive attention. Be sure to check out Michael’s blog and podcast at www.brainygamer.com

As always, thanks to The Punk Effect’s support.

Featuring music from Saskrotch

I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream
Yakuza 4
Ash
Bit Trip