PBS Idea Channel Explains What We Can Learn From Video Game Boss Fights

On a recent episode of PBS Idea Channel, host Mike Rugnetta explains what we can learn from video game boss battles.

The Boss Fight (or “Battle”, hey, we’re all friends here, unless we’re battling, I guess) is a mainstay of video games. Bosses protect their world, their areas, from heroes, do-gooders and justice-bringers that would depose them and their nefarious ways. But beyond a way to prove one’s skill, or to unlock the next narrative bit, is there more we can take away from a boss fight? Like other–much grander–challenges in life, Boss Fights provide a way to know ourselves, and how we react to adversity, in a low stakes, entertainment focused situation. There is more, then, to boss fights, than just… fighting bosses.