September 5, 2014
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In theory, it’d be a fairly safe assumption to think a youtube channel which was essentially a think tank for video game developers would be a pretty boring affair. It would be just as crazy an idea to entertain as tv shows about women in government or a 3 hour movie about the diplomatic acquiring of goods. Oh wait? Bam! Bam! And BAM! If you ever feel like a brief introduction & education in the more involved areas of
the video game industry the modern entertainment industry Extra Credits is the channel (and internet retailer) for you. They examine the nuance and patterns in the industry as well as it’s effects on business and consumer, all in easy to understand english with charming pictorial clues, so even little Jessie can understand why the media industry are conspiring to rob her blind in exchange for a half-complete game with a 4 minute playtime. It’s inspiring stuff.
In many ways the guys behind Extra Credits are like the Super Mario Bros rock remix that features at the beginning of some many of their episodes. A new take on seemingly perfected formulas. Every week James, the writer, and Dan, the disembodied voice, put out a new episode analyzing the problems of the industry and offering potential solutions with wit, insight and again, disembodied voices attached to weirdly coloured cuboids. Using the principles of gamification, consumer behaviour and some lateral thinking these guys could probably add incentive to breakfast time by making you believe there was a power up at the end. Heck, they even suggest every schoolboy’s dream that class should play more like an MMORPG. Whether in an alternate reality the World of Warcraft geeks that hold all the cards turn out to be more tyrannical than their jock counterparts, we’ll never know, but it’s nice to think about. And with multiple playlists under their banner like Extra Remix, Design Club and new series Extra History there’s a bunch of content to suggest to your local councilman. Now if only they could work out a video game centric infrastructural justification for a Veep/Parks & Recreation crossover episode, we’d all be happy.
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