Video Games: From Pong to Pain Station

April 14, 2002

You’re part of the “Freedom Movement,” - a group of anti-globalization anarchists.  You’re blowing up security stations to fight “The Corporation.” Sounds like a scene out of Seattle during the World Trade Organization protests of a few years ago, doesn’t it?  But it’s not.  It’s actually a new video game called “State of Emergency.”  In this hour of To the Best of Our Knowledge, the use of video games as a pop-culture propaganda tool.  And “The Pain Station,” a shocking new computer game – literally.

  1. Steven Poole on "Trigger Happy"

    Steven Poole tells Anne Strainchamps that video games can be an art form and that they will continue to increase in sophistication.

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  2. Wagner James Au on "State of Emergency"

    Wagner James Au, who writes about video games for salon.com, tells Jim Fleming about “State of Emergency,” the game that lets you attack global capitalism.

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  3. Tilman Reiff on the Pain Station

    Tilman Reiff, one of the inventors of “The Pain Station,” tries to explain to Steve Paulson why anyone would want to play a game that punishes poor play with physical pain.

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  4. Gerard Jones on "Killing Monsters"

    Gerard Jones tells Steve Paulson, a dad himself, that children need to be able to “destroy” the things that scare them.

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