Chrono Cross was the first game that had me running to the internet to chat with others about what the hell was going on! I couldn’t quite put the picture together myself, but as I read entry after entry on the fan site Chrono Compendium I started to see a fuller picture and LOVED the whole experience. A couple of years later I’d have a similar experience with Metal Gear Solid 2. The games were obtuse and hard to understand, but I had the feeling they were saying something special that was better understood collectively.
In retrospect, Chrono Cross is very cool but probably less deeeeeeeeeep lore than I thought, but the fansite was a critical piece of the journey.
Being a young adult with a life full of distraction led me away from games for awhile, only to suck me back in with the release of Bloodborne, and my subsequent playthroughs of the Dark Souls series! It goes without saying… the Soulsborne community is as broad as it is deep, and I LOVE it. There is a huge breadth of video content analysing it’s obscure world building, thematic consistency, and its impact on the video game community, both consumers and developers.
This kind of critical and thematic analysis has been a god sent, and with the conclusion of the Dark Souls series I’ve been on a journey to find similar kinds of content!!! Not just lore dissections (I’d love to see how much you could ring out of other game worlds, but I’m sure most don’t lend themselves as well) but discussing a games themes and impact or just interesting, evocative world details!!
TLDR: Recently I have been on a hunt to find more academic approaches to video games on YouTube, outside of reviews. I’ve realized talking (OR listening) about video games and their impact has been as entertaining as playing them for me. Does anybody have any YouTube suggestions for me?
Or, alternatively, have games not elevated themselves enough to be taken that seriously besides a few special cases?
Sorry I’m so long-winded and my thoughts seem a little disconnected. It happens when you’re at work and keep working between finishing the post. Lock me up if my threads are bad.