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November 28, 2011

Returning Fire

Interventions in Video Game Culture
Video games like Modern Warfare, America's Army, Medal of Honor, and Battlefield are part of an exploding market of war games whose revenues now far outpace even the biggest Hollywood blockbusters. The sophistication of these games is undeniable, offering users a stunningly realistic experience of ground combat and a glimpse into the increasingly virtual world of long-distance, push-button warfare. Far less clear, though, is what these games are doing to users, our political culture, and our capacity to empathize with people directly affected by the actual trauma of war. For the culture-jamming activists featured in this film, these uncertainties were a call to action. In three separate vignettes, we see how Anne-Marie Schleiner, Wafaa Bilal, and Joseph Delappe moved dissent from the streets to our screens, infiltrating war games in an attempt to break the hypnotic spell of "militainment." Their work forces all of us -- gamers and non-gamers alike -- to think critically about what it means when the clinical tools of real-world killing become forms of consumer play.

Exposing the war culture video gaming; There is hope, groups and individuals are becoming more engaged in the software aspect and the online presence; taking control, offering options or "tagging" with graffiti the virtual environments. Through these games a generation of children, are militarized and ready for war. ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 56363-D 44 minutes 2011

Posted by mcmike at November 28, 2011 10:03 AM

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