The Stanley Parable is a legendary artifact. A subversive game serving as a commentary on their nature, it's a fun examination into how we as players participate, whether of our own free will or not. What's better is that it is a standout in more than one medium, serving as an interpretation of not just video games, but narrative in general. But as many media consumers know, games aren't exactly viewed with favor by a lot of people outside of the games' industry and culture.
Enter Wisecrack. A YouTube channel focused on all things philosophy, pop culture, video games, and Rick and Morty.
Taking direct aim at this silly and dumb quote by the late, albeit great Roger Ebert: "Video games can never be art," Wisecrack, in its latest video, analyzes the ways in which The Stanley Parable and The Beginner's Guide, both designed by Davey Wreden, examines the creation and themes behind video games.
Though they may be derided as walking simulators, there's no denying that both of these titles provide insightful commentary on the nature of us players in conjunction with the games we play. From Stanley sitting at work in front of a computer being a parallel for the player themselves, to Wreden's own commentary on the nature of game criticism.
It's a great watch, you can check it out below.