I’m so happy that a second season of Double Fine’s Devs Play series is currently happening, and the four episodes so far have all been great. I’d say the two episodes with Patrice Désilets (playing Prince of Persia: Sands of Time and Assassin’s Creed II) are especially interesting, because you get to hear about a lot of the design thinking behind those games – the episodes with Ted Price (Spyro and Ratchet & Clank) are more about trivia relating to the games. I’m very much looking forward to the next episode, which will feature Media Molecule playing and discussing LittleBigPlanet. And if you missed it, you absolutely have to watch the 10-part episode from season 1 featuring John Romero playing/discussing Doom – it’s a fascinating masterclass in game design.
I truly loved watching the first episode of the new Let’s Play series by Double Fine and 2 Player Productions (makers of the fantastic Amnesia Fortnight and Adventure documentary series). My first Let’s Play love has been the terrific Lo-Fi Let’s Play series by Leigh Alexander, in which she plays old Apple II games from the 80s. This is also really great, in that it offers up some great talk – they have one of the makers of the game as a guest – while you’re watching the game being played. And it really is impressive to see a complete playthrough of the original Lion King game on Genesis, in such a short amount of time. Can’t wait to watch more.