Games: Media Hysteria

ExtraCreditz is a user on youtube who does very interesting videos on video games in relation to psychology, sociology, politics, art… etc. In this video he references a game that was designed to inform people about the perils of war by portraying the battle of Fellusia. It was meant to be informative and thought provoking, unlike US Army propaganda games like Call of Duty and Medal of Honour, and had the blessing of the soldiers who had fought in the war there. Because the medium of video games was used to create the piece, there was a huge media backlash and the producers caved and withdrew money from the project rather than actually defending it. Had they chosen the medium of painting or sculpture they would have been fine.

 

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