Canadian News Talks Propaganda Games

Canadian broadcast news organisation CBC has put together audio documentary about propaganda games, featuring our own Stephen Totilo.

In the piece, they discuss the case of Amir Mirza Hekmati, a man sentenced to death by the Iranian government for, among other things, allegedly making Propaganda video games for the company Kuma Games. They also talk about the broader ideas behind propaganda video games, including state-sponsored pro-American recruitment games like America's Army (pictured above).

Stephen Totilo money quote: "Frankly, if anyone wanted propaganda out of a video game company, they don't really need to pay them, because a video games made in America are pretty jingoistic already."

Our own coverage of the Hekmati story can be found here.

Day 6 Documentary: Propaganda Games [CBC]


Comments

    "Propaganda is a form of communication that is aimed at influencing the attitude of a community toward some cause or position so as to benefit oneself or one's group." wikipedia... I love you

    Essentially, They are Propagandizing propaganda! And Kotaku has articles focused on changing ones attitude, so they are propaganda as well.

    So what can we take? All media has influence in it... rarely will you see an issue taken dead set down the line. But that's ok! cause we get "more" freedom to chose what we want to view then lets say Iran... Until SOPA that is :\

    His quote is pretty spot on; you don't see America, or any other country really, putting the Taliban as the highlight and the heroes. For obvious reasons, yes.

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