Online PBS series takes a deeper look at video games

By Andrew Lapin

Jamin Warren hosts the new PBS Digital Studios series. (Photo: PBS Digital Studios)

Jamin Warren hosts the new PBS Digital Studios series. (Photo: PBS Digital Studios)

PBS Digital Studios premiered Game/Show, an online series that considers video games from a cultural perspective, Aug. 27 on its YouTube channel.

The program is from production studio Kornhaber Brown, which also produces PBS’s popular Idea Channel YouTube series. New episodes will premiere every Tuesday. It is hosted by Jamin Warren, founder of video game magazine Kill Screen.

Game/Show follows a similar format to Idea Channel: In each episode, the host posits a philosophical question related to video games and invokes critical theory to provide the answer in a conversational style. In the first episode, Warren ponders the lasting cultural impact of characters such as Mario and Sonic the Hedgehog.

“PBS Digital Studios and Kornhaber Brown felt that video games were the right topic for a show because the gaming community is one of the most active and vibrant communities on YouTube and the Web,” Lauren Saks, PBS Digital Studios senior manager, told Current. She added that Game/Show is not an Idea Channel spinoff “but aims to engage an audience in similarly thoughtful ways.”

Questions, comments, tips? lapin@current.org
This article was first published in Current, Sept. 9, 2013

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