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October 03, 2016

Super Metroid and Teens

Four things (out of probably at least a dozen) that I love about this video:

  • Nearly everything these kids talk about is something that Tim and I talked about on our podcast, Dev Game Club. I see my own playthrough through these kids' eyes.

  • All the kids make it through the ship with the one minute shutdown timer, which means that section is pretty balanced indeed. (It also makes me surprised that Tim didn't...)

  • The kids are impressed with a lot of the art and effects, just as I was, despite not having really had a framework for that.

Most importantly:

  • It reflects that representation matters. There are these moments of surprise for the young women that Samus is a woman (though sadly, these occur only when she dies). And there's some on-camera discussion about that at the end that is great.

Posted by Brett Douville at October 3, 2016 01:09 PM