So, wanted to start this topic because I haven’t seen much chatter about it. I’m curious as to what people think about this Dan Harmon/Game Grumps/Jesse Cox/Michele Morrow joint venture.
- Episode 1: The Return of BoogerBoss (free)
- Episode 2: Everybody Calls Everybody a Nazi
It’s very interesting to watch a series try to talk about video game culture. Mostly it’s done in the most uninformed or cringey way possible. But even when it’s done by people are in the culture, it still comes off as weirdly artificial.
For Good Game, the people working on it have experiencing gaming backgrounds. Michele Morrow is a very experienced person in the video game industry, having participated in a lot of aspects of video game entertainment. Jesse Cox and Game Grumps are Lets Players from Youtube, so they are in the thick of the culture. Coupled with Dan Harmon’s impeccably timed comedic writing, Good Game has a lot of good work going into it.
Having seen the first two episodes, I think they’re off to a good start. Episode 1 is a basic expository story that feels way too fast-paced. Episode 2, thankfully, slows things down a little to focus on the characters as well as addressing trolling, homophobia/sexism/racism in gaming. And, it’s done in a rather tasteful way in that the trolling and insults realistically come to a head within the team. It ends with the conclusion of not condemning trolls and flamers, but rather trying to understand the people behind the screen.
So far, I think it’s off to a good start, and listening to Michele Morrow and Jesse Cox talk about the show has me anticipated.
What do you guys think?