Hello and welcome to another Side-Quest episode of Talk This! It’s Dangerous to Podcast Alone! This week, we’re talking about video game trailers. In a world…where there are podcasts…you listen to this one.
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What makes a good game trailer? What makes a bad trailer? Where’s the line between the two? What are some of the most notable game trailers in history – famous or infamous? How do game trailers differ from trailers for other kinds of media? What’s the point of a trailer anyway?
The Actual Discussion
We lay out what we think makes a good trailer, and we also talk about how difficult it is for a game trailer to be truly representational of the product it is advertising. And yet, gamers try anyway. We also talk about some of our favorite trailers and some trailers that had a profound impact on the future of game trailers. There’s more academic research about this than you might think! I (Editor Emma) was just surprised there was any.
Enjoy the episode! Tell us what you think in the comments or on social media. Make sure to check out last week’s episode and look forward to next week’s where we’re talking about Journey and Citizen Sleeper.