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  •  it's the trivializing aspect... (8+ / 0-)

    games have to fun, or no one will play them. i'm going to go way out on a limb and suggest that the people who lived the underground railroad didn't consider it fun.

    books sometimes but not always play a similar role. movies more so. consider the standard wwii movie- the good war, and all that. my uncle who survived the battle of the bulge didn't consider it a "good" war, he considered it a necessary war. he was never nostalgic for it, he spent his entire life trying to get over it.

    The cold passion for truth hunts in no pack. -Robinson Jeffers

    by Laurence Lewis on Tue Jan 08, 2013 at 12:56:46 PM PST

      •  The book (0+ / 0-)

        is peeking down at me from the shelf as I type. "The Good War" is a wonderful book!

        “The right of the people peaceably to assemble, to consult for the common good, and to petition the government, or any department thereof, shall never be abridged.”

        by Marko the Werelynx on Tue Jan 08, 2013 at 01:33:02 PM PST

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    •  Most games (1+ / 0-)
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      involving combat wouldn't be considered "fun" if they weren't "make believe."

      Nothing human is alien to me.

      by WB Reeves on Tue Jan 08, 2013 at 01:30:55 PM PST

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    •  You're surrendering the power of identification (5+ / 0-)

      A significant part of the hyper militarization of American culture is the ubiquity of war-based movies and fighting games. Kids play as soldiers, and naturally come to think of themselves as soldiers and soldiers as the good guys. Those games don't depict anything like a realistic war experience, but they still work in altering player's opinions and knowledge.

      I really like the idea of an Underground Railroad game, because the slaves and the abolitionists were real good guys of the period. I like the idea of people learning to identify with them, and while no successful game could accurately depict how bad slavery was, players would still get that it was a very bad thing, which is much better than the way popular culture deals with slavery, which is basically by ignoring it.

      •  In a related vein (1+ / 0-)
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        Two of the seminal intellectual experiences of my early years were seeing dramatizations on TV of Harriet Tubman (Ruby Dee) and John Brown (believe it or not, Jack Klugman). These were part of a series titled "The Great Adventure" that I watched when I was seven years old.

        Nothing human is alien to me.

        by WB Reeves on Tue Jan 08, 2013 at 01:54:30 PM PST

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