Friday, July 22, 2011

New Periodical: Video Games in TV

Some TV shows just don't get it. Every so often a television series (usually a crime drama) reaches for new ideas and airs an episode with video games as the running theme. Sometimes the killer is a gamer, and the detectives use his video games to track his motives; at other times, the killer uses video games to kill his victims; in yet other times, the murderer is just a video game-obsessed psychotic. The plot elements in different shows' video game episodes may vary, but they all usually have one thing in common: they suck at representing gamers and gaming culture.

So it occurred to me that it might be fun to watch some of these episodes and write articles about them. Well, it probably won't be fun watching them. It''ll probably be mind-numbing and frustrating, but someone's gotta do it. Well, no one really has to do it. But if anyone's going to do it, it may as well be me. Anyway, look forward to "Video Games in TV" randomly showing up now and again, wherein I'll critique a display of video games badly-represented on TV. Of course, this all depends on being able to watch these episodes, somehow. If you know of any good examples of video games in TV, be sure to let me know.

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