A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Good Game is a live-action comedy series about a group of video gamers. It's intended for mature audiences thanks to crude references, cursing, drinking, and pot smoking. There's lots of stereotyping, and violent, sexist video game imagery, too. All this being said, it points out some of the positive and negative aspects of the gaming world.
What's the story?
GOOD GAME is a web series about two gamers trying to build a team to win one million dollars in a major esports (multiplayer video game) tournament. Alex Taylor (Dan Avidan) and Ryland Smith (Arin Hanson) need to find folks who can help them win at Killcore, an enormously popular and lucrative game. They assemble an eclectic team, including hacker Kamal Pasala (Rahul Abburi), tennis player Sam Kinsey (Jade Payton), and their landlord, Lorenzo Santella, Jr. (Michael Ornstein). They all have different reasons for signing up to participate, and they don't always get along. But they have to work together if they plan to beat the competition.
Is it any good?
This mildly funny series offers a self-reflexive look at gaming culture and the people within it. While it highlights some of the misconceptions people have about gamers, it simultaneously reinforces common stereotypes about them. Meanwhile, it notes the potential for a gender-neutral playing field in the gaming world, while emphasizing visible sexism in the multiplayer universe.
There's lots of crude humor, which sometimes makes it hard to appreciate the more serious points the show is making. Nonetheless, Good Game portrays a humorous world that gamers will understand. Appearances by the show's creators, gaming personality Jesse Cox and host Michele Morrow, add to the quirky moments.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about multiplayer video game competitions, or esports. What motivates gamers to compete in them?
What messages are sent with the use of common gaming culture stereotypes throughout Good Game as a way of highlighting certain issues about it? Do you think audiences get the point?
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