September 16th, 2006

Prof. Henry Jenkins on Games, Politics & the Media

Henryyyy Jenkinnnns!

Sorry. Couldn't resist.

Anyway, GameDaily BIZ has an interview up with the Professor Jenkins (pictured) who is probably best known by GP readers as the author of Reality Bytes: Eight Myths About Video Games Debunked. Here are some highlights from the interview:

On mainstream media's insistence on linking violent games with real-world violence (especially relevant this week, given the Dawson College rampage):

"The news organizations are getting caught in a bind; they need to hold onto their core consumers who tend to skew older than most games players and tend to know very little about games as a medium... they know that these consumers are terrified of games and so they can hold their interest if they play up scare stories."
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