After Game/Show launched I posted quite a few episodes to Cheerful Ghost because I liked the style of the show and what it had to say. Today I watched the latest episode that sort of just let us all know the show was over using a title roll and series of clips. Not that everything that ends needs to wave goodbye, but this doesn't seem like the shows style and I wonder what the story here is?

All that said, Game/Show had a really solid two year run and like many I appreciated it's perspective and what it added to the discussion.

*waves goodbye*

scrypt   Supporter wrote on 07/02/2016 at 02:34am

I'm probably in the minority (or maybe not, what with the cancellation), but Game/Show wasn't my favorite. LOT's of hyperbole, and I felt like Jamin's arguments were often contrived, to the point of being irrelevant ("Is Halo 5 For Old People?", "Is Jonathan Blow Gaming's Einstein?").

AdamPFarnsworth wrote on 07/02/2016 at 03:03am

Oh man, interesting.

I saw this video in my subscriptions, but hadn't watched it yet. I'm not a huge fan either (only really enjoyed a few of the episodes), but it's still a little sad to see it go.

jdodson   Admin   Post Author wrote on 07/02/2016 at 03:08am

scrypt: They used hyperbole for sure. My thinking as to why is because hyperbole can often get attention and start a discussion, where something more reasoned may not. It's not my style most of the time, but I can see it's use from time to time.

Once the video was going, did you find the arguments to contain the same kind of hyperbolic themes? It seemed they chilled some, but often the arguments seemed somewhat simple.

Travis   Admin wrote on 07/02/2016 at 04:19am

"hyperbole can often get attention and start a discussion"

It's like the old joke about Linux forums. If you go in and explain your problem, you won't get any answers, but if you go in and say "Linux sucks, it can't even do [thing you're trying to do]" then you'll get a ton of explanations and fixes from people defending it.

Hyperbole gets attention and starts discussions for the wrong reason, but it definitely does get attention and start a discussion.

I have no strong opinion on the show though. I liked the first couple episodes and then, for no reason I can immediately convey, I just lost interest.

scrypt   Supporter wrote on 07/02/2016 at 05:31am

I don't know, I feel like the arguments relied on bent facts that only served to reinforce the title of the videos. I lost respect for him when I felt like I had to do the research for him after each show I watched. Not like his arguments stirred me to look deeper into a subject, rather I felt like he kept missing the point, and then missing the facts that would have supported a more grounded topic. In those cases where I bothered to let it push me, I actually learned more in spite of what was presented, not because of it (and that's not a good thing). I almost wish there was an Onion-like satire to Game/Show. That would have been entertaining. However, trying to start seemingly intelligent conversations by catering to people who have no attention span seems like a completely futile and frustrating endeavor. I watch another show called The Know, and they have similar tactics with their headlines (as do most game news sites these days), and it just gets boring. It's like they're not even trying to be creative anymore. Just say something bat-shit crazy, and people will click.

I'm being pretty harsh, and maybe the show wasn't intended for me. I like smart conversation, and topics that run deeper than surface fodder, but I also feel like there are enough interesting things in the gaming world to discuss without having to make things up.

Having said all that, I really do wish Jamin well with his next project, whatever that may be. He has a unique voice, and at the very least I'll be interested to see where he goes from here.

jdodson   Admin   Post Author wrote on 07/02/2016 at 05:46am

> Having said all that, I really do wish Jamin well with his next project, whatever that may be. He has a unique voice, and at the very least I'll be interested to see where he goes from here.

Yep, me too. And it was a PBS project so I wonder if we will see more gaming content from them?

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