‘PBS Game/Show’ Explores the History and Mechanics of Food in Video Games

PBS Game/Show host Jamin Warren explores the history and mechanics of food in video games in the latest episode of the series. Warren taps into the idea that food has important cultural associations that are invoked by nothing else, and video games make use of this fact.

Why is there so much food in videogames? SERIOUSLY! Even in the quintessential videogame Super Mario Brothers, food appears within the first few seconds. It’s an, until now, unquestioned part of all the games that we play. But on this week’s episode of Game/Show, Jamin looks long and hard at the history of food in games with games like Cooking Mama, Mario Party, Cook, Serve, Delicious, Paper Mario, Wind Waker, Skyrim… the list goes on. Food is in EVERYTHING!