This section contains films and television programs that deal with video games, censorship, self-regulation — or all three. Although none speak directly about the Supreme Court Case, these programs are meant to supplement and complicate the ideas and topics presented throughout this blog. They can be included as part of the “Popular Discourses” week or viewed on their own to provide background information and alternate perspectives on these issues.
The Video Game Revolution
This is a PBS documentary that looks at the history of the video game industry as well as the impact of games on society and culture. The program also has u useful companion website that provides extra clips, timelines and trivia games.
Insert Coin: The Culture of Video Game Play
This television documentary looks at the history of video games with special emphasis on the impact of video games on youth. It was produced as part of an MA assignment for a Communications class at Simon Fraser University.
Penn & Teller’s Bullshit! : Video Game Violence
This documentary television series, starring magicians Penn & Teller, aims to challenge political perspectives or debunk cultural myths. In this episode, Penn & Teller investigate effects research that links video games to teen violence. The show would serve as an entertaining/informative pedagogical tool, but students should be informed that Penn & Teller are not shy about pushing a firm Libertarian agenda. *Please note that this series contains language that some might find offensive.
This Film Is Not Yet Rated
This is a documentary from 2006 that looks at the MPAA rating system and questions the film industry’s methods of self-regulation. Like all documentaries, it has a very strong point of view that could lead to good in-class discussion about self-regulation more generally. *Please note that the film contains much content that some might find offensive.