Like video games? You may be playing with government propaganda.

April 21, 2016
PARTICIPANTS: Jason Fields, Matthew Gault, George Weidman

Video games are an industry worth tens of billions of dollars. Games make more money than Hollywood and the music industry combined. Video games can be great fun and even great art, but they can also be great propaganda.

A new game called IS Defense puts players on the shores of Europe to defend the continent against waves of faceless Islamic attackers. The FBI, North Korea and even PETA have tried to use games to get their points across. It doesn’t always work and it’s often silly, but governments are only just getting started.

Today on War College, we’re talking to George Weidman, a YouTube personality and video game expert who thinks he knows a how to build a better propaganda game … even if he’s reluctant to share.

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Duh.

Posted by Solidar | Report as abusive

We don’t have military parades any more, to get young boys excited about dying for a broken corrupt system. Instead we have couches and 24-hour online shooter games…. and red bull.

Good luck winning wars with couch data. We haven’t won a single one yet.

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