Episode #841

Videogames, Porochista Khakpour

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Friday, October 12, 2007

Studio 360 Episode 841, Videogames, Porochista Khakpour, video game controller (joo0ey/flickr)

It’s plug ‘n play as we look at the art and science of video games. Kurt Andersen and writer Clive Thompson explore how this multi billion dollar industry is changing the culture. And we’ll check out the prototype for Urban Resolve, the military’s game designed to teach soldiers how to fight urban battles. Plus, Sons and Other Flammable Objects, the dark and witty debut novel from Porochista Khakpour.

Videogames 101

If you haven’t played a video game since Ms. Pac-Man, you probably have some catching up to do. Kurt has this quick guided tour of the state of the art. Produced by Curtis Fox.

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