From social media to games…

To segue the class from last week into this week here is something I found pretty interesting. It is a flash video, using the technique of machinima, posted on Vimeo (a website arguably similar to Youtube), that is a critique (the author calls it “reverse propaganda”) of U.S. military practices. Oh, and it just happens to be made by one of the guys that made the McDonalds game that was mentioned in this week’s reading.

So we’ve got a video, made with a video game, on a socially networked video sharing site, talking about a social issue, made by a video game designer.

It’s almost more meta than I can handle. Anyways, here it is:

Welcome to the desert of the real

Quick edit: I forgot to mention a key point: The video game used to make the machinima is America’s Army, which just happens to be the first person shooter that the Department of Defense commissioned in 2002, which was also talked about in the Bogost reading for this week.

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3 comments on “From social media to games…

  1. On a related note, I have a student who has come back from serving in Iraq and experiences those symptoms. We got to talking about video games once, and he told me that what got him wanting to enlist was playing Call of Duty games, and that it felt weird to train with simulations like this. And I’m thinking… the transition from playing “entertainment” games as a civilian to ones like this is so smooth… that you gotta wonder if Palpatine and the Senate aren’t somehow behind the surge in first-person (in this case, the perspective is a very important distinction) shooters over the past 10 years…

  2. Wow, that was an intense video! It counters the mood and tone of the commercials for shooters, with the loud music, the quick action, and the community. The silence and stillness emphasized the solitary nature of PTSD.

    At least in the chapters we read, Gee doesn’t go over the line between reality and entertainment in video games, and how that line is manipulated by corporate and military powers.

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