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Workshop on Games, Ethics and War.

March 31, 2015

Late last year I had the opportunity to speak at the Workshop on Games, Ethics and War at Macquarie University. The event organised by Malcolm  Ryan featured  a fantastic range of speakers across game development, military ethics, fine art and academia. The program is available here.

Here is my own presentation concerning Transmedia Warfare: the Militarisation of Alternate Reality Games.

The presentation argues that where video games have been developed as training devices for combat operations, Alternate Reality Games are developed as instructional experiences for the military intelligence industry. Citing existing research and providing transmedia game examples, Hugh will explore how the playful and paranoiac aesthetic that is encouraged in ARGs is being weaponised for intelligence gathering, coercion, data analysis and pattern recognition within the real world of military intelligence.

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