Episode 32 – Supplementary Grades

Welcome to the new year of podcasts here at Critical Distance!

Last year we went over publications, both books and magazines, in the critical video game sphere. Having, for the most part, run out of those we turn our eyes to different forms of criticism. Now we turn out eyes to video. Joining me this month is game designer and the writer behind the Extra Credits series, James Portnow.

Starting out as a final course project for fellow Extra Credits creator, Daniel Floyd, the series has only grown in the years since. Every week the crew at Extra Credits creates a short cartoon Youtube video as a basic introduction of design concepts, craft implementation and surrounding issues of the videogames industry. Over the years, supplementary shows have been added. You can check them all out (as well as specific episodes we discuss on the podcast) below!

Direct Download


Extra Credits Channel

Extra History

Extra Remix

Extra Play

Design Club

Video Games and Storytelling

Call of Juarez: The Cartel

Spec Ops: The Line Pt. 1

Spec Ops: The Line Pt. 2

Power Creep in Hearthstone – What it teaches us about games

Opening Theme: ‘Close’ by The Alpha Conspiracy

Closing Theme: ‘Wishing Never’ by The Alpha Conspiracy