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Games TV Web

The Artists

Each episode has a title “game box,” like this one.

If you’re at all interested in gaming culture, I can’t recommend enough The Artists: The Pioneers Behind the Pixels, a series of short (about 10-minutes each) documentaries released last year that take a look at various aspects of gaming history, produced by the CBC. There are 10 episodes in all, and you can stream them through the CBC Gem app or web access (a name I really quite dislike and don’t understand). Big thanks to my Ubi colleague Fred for bringing this to my attention.

Being the game history/cultural nerd that I am, I did already know most of these stories (for example, if you enjoy the Doom episode, then you really need to read the fantastic book Masters of Doom), but I did still get a kick out of revisiting all of this, and enjoyed the interviews and presentation (the series is slickly made with a retro aesthetic). It also made me quite nostalgic for the Electronic Arts of old.

Groundbreaking ad for Electronic Arts from 1983.
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Debaser

Cobra Kai

When I first saw this series announced, I was more than skeptical about it being good — especially that’s it’s a YouTube series — but I was curious enough to check it out, and I gotta say that the first two episodes (that you can watch for free) were incredibly fun to watch. Yes, it smothers itself in the nostalgia of the old films, but deliciously so, and what they’ve decided to do with the characters (at least so far) — sorta switching them up — is really great. I definitely want to watch the rest of the season.