The Mechanics of Character Design – Analyzing the Design of Marvel Puzzle Quest – Extra Credits

From Extra Credits. Good character design should successfully capture the fantasy of *being* a particular character. Even with mechanical constraints on gameplay possibilities, compelling characters are still achievable via techniques like ludonarrative resonance. Shoutout to Paige from Demiurge Studios for helping us write this episode! Give Marvel Puzzle Quest a try for free at: https://d3go.com/extracredits…

Irish Potato Famine – Isle of Blight – Extra History – #1

From Extra Credits. The potato blight hit the United States first before it came to Ireland (and other countries). But what made it particularly devastating in Ireland was the factor of human influence–behind-the-scenes bureaucracy that prioritized economics over human lives. Join us on Patreon! http://bit.ly/EHPatreon (–More below) Check out all our shows at http://becauselearningmatters.com Grab…

Destiny vs. Warframe – $500 Million in Free Marketing – Extra Credits

From Extra Credits. Ironically, many of the marketing promises of Destiny ended up being a great advertisement for Warframe. Although not without its flaws, Warframe has overall delivered a stronger gameplay experience and tonally consistent atmosphere than Destiny did. Get info about all our shows at http://becausegamesmatter.com Subscribe to Extra Credits for more episodes every…

Native American Myth – Nlaka’pamux: The Adventures of Coyote – Extra Mythology

From Extra Credits. Join the Patreon community! http://bit.ly/EMPatreon Coyote is not just a wild animal in North America, but also a heroic, trickster protagonist whose mythological adventures reflect lessons learned from the natural world. Let’s examine the Nlaka’pamux tribe’s interpretation of Coyote. Learn all about our shows at http://becauselearningmatters.com ___________ Thanks for participating in this…

♫ Sun Yat-sen: “Across the Pacific” – Tiffany Román – Extra History

From Extra Credits. Listen to “Across the Pacific,” the theme track of our series on Sun Yat-sen! Music by Tiffany Román: http://www.tiffanyromanlouk.com/ Learn about the life of Sun Yat-sen: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLhyKYa0YJ_5AsEQ8iuHDnc6n12ZHUHAbM Join us on Patreon! http://bit.ly/EHPatreon Check out our other shows at http://becauselearningmatters.com Subscribe for new episodes every Saturday! http://bit.ly/SubToEC Talk to us on Twitter (@ExtraCreditz):…

Tuberculosis – A Ten-Thousand Year Battle – Extra History – #2

From Extra Credits. Every child needs a health checkup at least once a year. If you live in Minnesota, learn more at GetCTC.com. If you don’t, check here: https://www.medicaid.gov/medicaid/benefits/epsdt/index.html Tuberculosis couldn’t be cured and eliminated by just one person like Dr. Robert Koch, but thanks to the collective efforts of the medical community since Koch’s…

Jane Austen – Sarcasm and Subversion – Extra History

From Extra Credits. Jane Austen wrote in the name of making critical social commentary of the privileges she and others held while the rest of Europe was in political turmoil. Her novels like “Pride and Prejudice,” “Mansfield Park,” and “Emma” made waves in their time for how they criticized Victorian-era society. Join us on Patreon!…

Games You Might Not Have Tried #18 – Game Jam Edition! – Extra Credits

From Extra Credits. Sign up for the next game jam here: https://itch.io/jam/extra-credits-game-jam-3 Check out all our Games You Might Not Have Tried here: https://becausegamesmatter.com/gymnht (More below) Anybody Home? by Team Unleashed (Credits: Luis Andrade, Dale Chetney, Tyler Dacus, Taylor Garcia, Jeremy Jones) https://landrade1093.itch.io/anybody-home INNST by Adrian Telleria https://cryovr.itch.io/innst Last Minute Delivery by dk Macedo https://imnotdk.itch.io/last-minute-delivery…