In this pilot episode I illustrate why games are my favorite form of art and entertainment, and why I feel the world would be a better place if we were all gamers. If you’re a gamer, you’re going to love how this show explores why the medium is so fantastic. If you’re not already a gamer, you might find yourself wanting to be one after listening.
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MUSIC: I composed all of the music in this episode (aside from the clips I used of video games). Much of this music can be downloaded from my music store here.
TRANSCRIPT: Read a full transcript of this episode here.
CREDITS: This episode was written, recorded, and produced by me. I do not own the rights to any of the audio clips from games and interviews used in this episode. These audio clips are utilized under the “Fair Use” doctrine, which stipulates that you may use copyrighted material without permission from the creators, provided that it is used for fact-based and research-oriented purposes, which is a format that The Curious Gamer abides by. See below for credits of what audio clips I used, and where they came from:
0:21 - This montage of sound combines various video game console startup noises. In this order, the sounds come from:
- Nintendo Gameboy
- Sega Genesis (Sonic the Hedgehog game startup)
- Nintendo Gamecube
- Sony Playstation 2
- Nintendo Gameboy Advance
- Sega Dreamcast
- Sony Playstation 3
- Microsoft Xbox 360
2:26-4:59 - These are excerpts from videos of Jane McGonigal; a video game researcher, game designer, and all-around game evangelist. The first video is from a YouTube channel called BigThink, and the second is from her game “SuperBetter” on it’s promotional website.
8:24-8:27 - The famous “Dodge This” line from The Matrix.
8:36-8:39 - A line from Citizen Kane, where Kane begins his power trip.
8:50-8:57 - From Pixar’s Wall-E movie; his adorable first attempt at pronouncing his own name.
9:09-9:13 - A not-so-adorable quote from Anakin Skywalker in Star Wars Episode II - Attack of the Clones.
14:30-14:43 - A messy, trigger-happy sound clip from a trailer for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3.
15:23-15:40 - Sound clip from the game Journey, also from thatgamecompany.
15:45-16:15 - The epic, gothic-choir main theme song to the game Skyrim (aka The Elder Scrolls V).
16:55-17:24 - A collection of clips from the hit Disney/Final Fantasy crossover game, Kingdom Hearts.
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