The new Game Club at Kotaku.

Kotaku Game Club

Brian Crecente over at Kotaku has started a Game Club. The idea is to provide a place for intelligent discussion about games, in the manner of a book club.

As Brian explains:

I’m a strong believer that people and by extension their work tend to rise to meet their expectations. If we as gamers start to look more critically at games, at their plots, the nuance of control, the deeper meaning found within a title, I think developers will feel more appreciated and, more importantly, will be more willing to spend time working on those things rather than on better graphics.

Of course I’m also painfully naive.

They’ve chosen Moonpod’s Mr. Robot as the first game to play, in a test run of sorts. I’m not exactly sure that Mr. Robot is a deeper meaning kind of game, but it is an interesting indie game that tries to do something a little different, and represents a good choice.

Here’s the original post announcing the Game Club.

Here’s a kick-off post with some additoinal detail.

Here are the rules, and how you’d go about participating.

5 thoughts on “The new Game Club at Kotaku.”

  1. Apparently so. A search turns up a bunch of stuff:

    http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&lr=&as_qdr=all&q=+%22game+club%22+site%3Aselectbutton.net&btnG=Search

    However, it seems fairly disorganized; just random stuff posted in forum threads, along with every other thing, so the signal-to-noise ratio is pretty low… looking back through these threads, to find interesting things, is hard going.

    So I would hope the Kotaku version, with its more-centralized structure, does a better job of that.

  2. Yeah, I understand signal to noise, but at the same time I mostly saw people in the Kotaku comments complaining about having to *buy* a game just to participate which doesn’t give me much hope. I was late coming to the Insert Credit party, but my understanding was some good stuff went down in the early Game Club threads.

  3. Gameclub started well but got progressively worse. Adding the two guest speakers may have been a mistake as they just took the conversation the wrong way. The first gc manages to begin discussing the game in an intelligent way though.

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