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Season 3, Episode 12
Video games are a ubiquitous component of modern life and pop culture. But is there more to them than entertainment? In Part 1, Neil deGrasse Tyson finds out if video games breed violence and what kids actually learn from shooter games with guests Jeffrey Ryan, author of “Super Mario – How Nintendo Conquered America” and Will Wright, creator of The Sims and Spore. They chat about the evolution of choice and moral dilemma in video games; Moore’s Law of processing speed; and computer game graphics, verisimilitude and the cartoon laws of physics. You’ll also find out why Space Invaders sped up as you played it, what inspired Will Wright to create SimAnt and why co-host Eugene Mirman thinks Happy Days started the U.S./Iran conflict.
Eugene Mirman, comedian
Pac Man Fever
Super Mario Brothers Theme – from video game
Tron: Legacy, Derezzed – Daft Punk
Tetris Theme (Video Game Classic)
Tetris (Modernized version of the game)
Samples of video game music here and here.