Saturday, May 27, 2006

War Stories

Although videogames have played an important role in recruiting and training soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan (and sometimes re-training and rehabilitating them), they have also become vehicles for protest against the Global War on Terror. Joseph DeLappe, using the screen name "dead-in-iraq" has been playing the online version of America's Army, where he leaves behind the names and death-dates of real soldiers killed in the conflict. (This story initially came from the Daily Irrelevant.)

Originally done as part of a class called "The Art of Hacking" at Parsons, Wolfengitmo combines the game Return to Castle Wolfenstein with a blistering attack on the treatment of detainees in American custody.

Check out this blog on war and videogames for more on anti-war activism and game technology.



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