Tuesday, December 03, 2013

#c4videogame


I remember seeing the #c4videogame hashtag in a fairly consistent flutter on Twitter this Saturday and wondered what the heck was going on. C4 and Video Games can’t possibly be a good thing. Of course my first thought went to someone was blowing up games either in protest or for sh*ts and giggles.

Not the case.

A documentary-style look back at gaming aired in the UK on their “Channel 4”  with How Video Games Changed The World. Charlie Brooker, a documentary film maker, developed the mini-series/show by using a pretty standard format. Talking heads talk about said products and rank the top 25 “games” of all time. Twitter was named number one, which is why the tweets were flying all over the place.  What made Brooker’s piece stand out is that the games listed were in a wide variety, not a slew of Call of Duty spin-offs. He also told the story of games not as these underdogs of entertainment, but as gnomes or dwarsfs that have roamed around the bottom of the pit and have managed to seep into every aspect of our lives without our realization. 

The mainstream fascination with games is pretty simple: it makes a lot of money, there are pretty digital women, and World of Warcraft. Beyond that, gaming is still a magical realm to most of the world, and Brooker capitalizes on this fact.

The full episode is finally up on YouTube, and I’ve been told it’s worth the watch. With Twitter being number one, I’m skeptical, but I’d like to see what the reasoning behind it is.

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