13 MIME-Net and Video Games at War

13 MIME-Net and Video Games at War - Video Games at War The...

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Unformatted text preview: Video Games at War: The Military-Industrial-Media Entertainment-Network (MIME-NET) Questions • How are war-themed video games politically shaped” by the U.S. military and U.S. media corporations? • How do war-themed video games intersect state instruments of coercive and persuasive power in the context of war? • How do war-themed video games support the U.S. military’s training, recruitment, rehabilitation and promotional goals? • What are the main ethical and political debates about war-themed video games at the present time? Schedule • Military-Industrial-Media-Entertainment Network (MIME- NET) • “Militainment”: Hollywood war films to war games. • History of MIME-NET U.S. military uses of digital war games: • 1) Training; • 2) Recruitment ( America’s Army ); • 3) Therapy/Rehabilitation; • 4) strategic political communication (Real War and Virtual War) Political debates about digital war games: 1) virtual/actual violence; 2) desensitization; 3) catharsis; 4) virtual citizen soldiers • “Virtual Blowback”: the unintended consequences of digital diplomacy. Military-Industrial-Entertainment-Media- Network (MIME-NET) • MIME-NET: The symbiotic (mutually beneficial) relationships between the U.S. military and U.S. media and entertainment corporations. • MIME-NET ‘synergies’: public-private partnerships formed between the US military and U.S. media corporations. • “Militainment”: entertainment media that has been co-produced by U.S. military and media corporations to be used for military promotion, military training or military strategy. MIME-NET: Hollywood-Pentagon Hollywood-Pentagon co-production editorial guidelines ensure: • 1) film depictions of the military are feasible and authentic; • 2) this collaboration will aid in the recruiting and retention of personnel; and, • 3) film will promotionally inform the public about the military (Robb 2004). Transformers as militainment • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xRy2a9GJFS4 Documentary: Operation Hollywood History of MIME-NET • Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA) • National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). • U.S. technology corporations: IBM, General Electric, Sperry-Rand, Raytheon, and Digital Equipment Corporation • U.S. universities: Harvard, Stanford, the University of California at Los Angeles, John Hopkins, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). History of MIME-NET Space War, 1962 at MIT History of MIME-NET Ralph Baer, The Magnavox Odyssey History of MIME-NET 1997 – “Modelling and Simulation: Linking Entertainment and Defense” published by the National Research Council (NRC)....
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This note was uploaded on 01/18/2012 for the course POLITICS POL 507 taught by Professor Mirlees during the Fall '11 term at Ryerson.

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