Episode 50 – PostMesmeric

This month on the Critical Distance Confab we welcome Alex Carlson from the YouTube channel PostMesmeric.

Alex Carlson is a relative newbie to the world of YouTube video game criticism. He had some experience with written criticism, most notably on Hardcore Gaming 101, but transferred over when he was introduced to the idea that YouTube could be used for more than simple entertainment. His channel is a hidden gem, which I came upon one day when Youtube’s algorithm was feeling particularly kind: toiling away in relative obscurity, perhaps thanks to the capricious nature of this algorithm, he nonetheless continues to put out quality videos. We talk about his style of criticism connecting design to theme, his predilection for critiquing horror games, and his more personal video about how certain games exploit his Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder.


PostMesmeric YouTube Channel

Pyre and Responsibility | PostMesmeric

This Dishwasher: Vampire Smile Analysis – The Art of Control | PostMesmeric

Layers of Fear Analysis – Framing and Perspective | PostMesmeric

Detention Analysis – Fear and Reality | PostMesmeric

Evolving Rhythm Gameplay | PostMesmeric

Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts and Bolts – An In-Depth Critique| PostMesmeric

Banjo Kazooie vs. Banjo Tooie – Rare’s Metamorphosis |PostMesmeric

Gaming with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder | PostMesmeric

Opening Theme: ‘Close’ by The Alpha Conspiracy

Closing Theme: ‘Wishing Never’ by The Alpha Conspiracy