The video game industry is home to a cast of characters as quirky, rebellious and diverse as the world they create. In her new book, Smart Bomb, author Heather Chaplin provides a behind-the-scenes look at the world of game developers.
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As a journalist covering games since 2001, Chaplin has seen a lot of changes in the industry and among game academics. In this talk she will give an overview of the most important and interesting trends, including emerging thinking on ideas about game literacies and the acceptance of games as facilitators of transformative experiences.
Medal of Honor is a new military video game, out Tuesday. It generated controversy because in multiplayer mode, it allowed you to play as the Taliban. Publisher Electronic Arts stopped calling them "The Taliban," but they’re still dark-skinned guys in Afghanistan. Reporter Heather Chaplin explores why playing as "the Taliban" sounds so much worse than watching a movie about the Taliban.