This is a critical ongoing conversation to have, and, you know, Insert Credit must be one of the few places where I think people are having this conversation internally, publicly, with regularity, and actually collaboratively. Maybe I’m tired of good op-eds followed by reams of abusive comments that feel like to me that they have about as much impact as a fart in the wind (I’m sure this feeling is not reflective of reality but it’s hard to feel otherwise). It’s really refreshing to see people who are inside the games industry (perhaps who are also outside the Games Industry (pejorative)) or at least the periphery undertake this discussion, in a way a hobbyist like myself can be present for.
…oh. Right. By the way, I’ll revisit this when I have thoughts specifically about it with regards to the format of it occupying the back half of the show, but I’m sure it’s great in that regard too. I just can’t have enough praise for the process, I’d probably listen to more episodes where question 1-10 is “what’s wrong with videogames?” I think I’d listen to that seasonally, or at least twice a year, and absolutely in response whenever some big awful event happens or some heavy truths come to light (I genuinely want to know what The Insert Credit Crew think about stuff like this).
Actually, you know what, even though I haven’t listened to the episode, I want to say something that just came to mind.
Why should this conversation be held in a way that does not disrupt the momentum of the episode or the format of the show?
If anything I think these conversations have a right, if not a need, to be disruptive. I think that’s what felt so electric about the original What’s Wrong With Videogames? episode, even. If the hosts of the show and the guests would at any time feel fulfilled or energized or like they are doing something they need to do by having this sort of discussion, I don’t require or even want to be entertained before and after. If anything, it’s a statement in of itself in relation to an interactive entertainment medium currently plagued by an overwhelming external pressure to constantly entertain and never intellectually/emotionally/ideologically challenge the audience.
…Unless you were just speaking more broadly about the idea of devoting the back half of a show to any more complex topic. In which case, again, I haven’t listened to the episode but I’m sure it’s great!! Haha…