If you do not already subscribe to PBS Game/Show, you’re doing it wrong.
Game/Show is a YouTube-based show hosted by the amazing Jamin Warren, founder of KillScreen, for PBS. Yes, that PBS. The show “looks at the relationship between video games and modern life” but is so much more. It’s cultural, digital, societal, and historical commentary carefully crafted and tightly packed into around 10 minute webisodes.
The latest episode is all about Pac-Man. Or, more accurately, it’s all about Inky, Pinky, Blinky, and Clyde. Jamin breaks down the elusive concept of “feel” in the game while simultaneously touching on significant aspects of culture, society, and human understanding.
PacMan is ultimately about the illusion of control. The reason we’re chased by ghosts is there is something from beyond that we can only pretend to have power over… If games are an art form, and PacMan is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art, then we have to allow for these types of interpretations and the possibility that games speak to us through metaphor. – Jamin Warren