Most of us instinctively know when we're playing a game with fantastic design - it feels right and works to our instincts to teach us how to play. Unsurprisingly the Super Mario series is often cited as a key example of game design that's simple to understand but with complexity underneath the surface.
It's held up as a standard bearer, then, and we think a mini-series of videos from the PBS Game/Show is full of potential, with the first video being well worth a watch. It looks at the 'hidden language' of the design in Super Mario Bros. and its successors, breaking down actions and consequences in sentence form to show how they work. It's a short but interesting introduction to an assessment of what makes the Super Mario series a true representative of first-class game design.
Check it out below and let us know what you think.