EXP Podcast #24: Cultured Gaming

Released Wednesday, 6th May 2009
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This week, Inspired by Daniel Johnson's article about games and culture,
we wade in to the fascinating-yet-nebulous realm of culture in video
games.  After a brief discussion of how to define the term, we think
about the cultural influences found in video games.  Whether it is a
game's content, the way it was produced, or its capacity to illustrate
the societies in which it exists, games carry meaning about everyone
involved in the process.  As this site is largely about examining the
culture that both flows through and emanates from games, we found
plenty to talk about in this article.  We hope to hear your thoughts in
the comments!Some discussion starters:- What games have
you found particularly interesting in terms of the way they represented
a specific culture (either positively or negatively)?  Who is most
qualified to handle cultural topics in video games?- When does a
culture become stifling?  How do development techniques, business
practices, social mores, and player expectation impact this?- What
do video games say about our current societies?  What games from the
past do you find particularly illustrative of cultural zeitgeists?To listen to the podcast:
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Show Notes:

- Run time: 28 min 50 sec
- Daniel Johnson's Article, via GameSetWatch: "'Lingua Franca' – The Place Of Games In Culture" - Music provided by Brad Sucks

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