Mythic Quest: Raven's Banquet Review – Apple TV+ Levels Up With Game Developer Comedy

Mythic Quest: Raven's Banquet Review – Apple TV+ Levels Up With Game Developer Comedy

When it was announced that It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia co-creator Rob McElhenney was teaming with Sunny executive producers Charlie Day and Megan Ganz to create a comedy about video game developers for Apple TV+, it was easy to expect a show rife with Sunny’s humor but set in a Silicon Valley-esque development studio. Instead, Mythic Quest: Raven’s Banquet strays far from Sunny’s signature brand of raunchy humor.The series follows the developers of the fictional massively multiplayer online roleplaying game Mythic Quest, as the new expansion pack–Raven’s Banquet–is set to release. As the story plays out, you get to know the obnoxious creative director Ian Grimm (McElhenney) and his staff as they attempt to grow their game, while navigating the gaming world and tackling a variety of different aspects of the industry, from deals made with streamers, to their game being hacked.The result is a half-hour comedy that pokes fun at the tech and game development industries in a playful way while managing to avoid being overly mean. The characters often butt heads, usually over issues that gamers will find familiar, such as gender representation or artistry vs. commerce. For example, when the company’s monetization expert (Danny Pudi’s Brad) feels insulted, he flips a switch and turns all of the game’s premium items free, essentially taking the game hostage and losing the company an untold amount of money.These instances, silly as they may seem, go a long way to address the show’s overall themes. Throughout the first season of Mythic Quest, the creative team strives to find new ways for their massively multiplayer online roleplaying game to reach a broader customer base to make more money. Along the way, the artistry sometimes has to become the second priority, like during fraught online exchanges with a popular streamer, a satirical 14-year-old “piece of s***” who goes by “Pootie Shoe” (Elisha Henig).A perfect example of this is in the pilot, when the game’s lead engineer Poppy Li (Charlotte Nicdao) designs a shovel for players in the game to use to change the landscape. It’s a tiny addition to the game, but one she is proud of. Unfortunately, Grimm becomes obsessed with the tool not being “cool” enough, while the head of monetization schemes to make as much money selling the item as possible. When the fickle but hugely influential Pootie Shoe (Elisha Henig) gets his hands on a leaked build that features…
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