Have You Played the War on Terror?

  title={Have You Played the War on Terror?},
  author={Roger Stahl},
  journal={Critical Studies in Media Communication},
  pages={112 - 130}
  • R. Stahl
  • Published 1 June 2006
  • Political Science
  • Critical Studies in Media Communication
The media paradigm by which we understand war is increasingly the video game. These changes are not only reflected in the real-time television war, but also an increased collusion between military and commercial uses of video games. The essay charts the border-crossing of video games between military and civilian spheres alongside attendant discourses of war. Of particular interest are the ways that war has been coded as an object of consumer play and how official productions aimed at training… 

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