Reading chapter 3 on Social Realism made me do a lot of thinking. I had to disect the title so that I can have a much clearer understanding of the chapter. The term social makes me think about society and the people who function within the society. The word realism can refer to many things but the one term that caught my attention is literary realism. According to Wikipedia, literary realism is a literary movement stressing the depiction of contemporary life and society as it exists or has existed. In other words, the ability to create art based on real life experiences. Now every games does not fit into the category of social realism, however, since the 2000s many more games have been produced to depict actual real life or realistic events and we have shifted slowly but surely away from the fantasy world.
In the section entitled “Are Military Games Realist?” it states, ” What is interesting about America’s Army is not tbe debate over whether it is thinly veild propoganda or a legitimate recruitment tool, for it is unabashedly and decisively both, but rather that the central conceit of the game is one of mimetic realism”. Have you ever played a game that involves shooting and wondered why it feels like reality? I know that I have. This statement made me wonder if there are actual military agents who provide their views from their time in combat so that a dramatic story line can be based off of it.
Another thing that caught my attention while reading this chapter was the “Columbine Theory”. According to this theory games plus gore equals psychotic behavior. While viewing this video, it made me question this theory.