Henry Jenkins Weighs in on Moral Kombat Film

Every gamer’s favorite academic, Prof. Henry Jenkins of MIT, blogs a two-part series detailing his impressions of the controversial documentary film Spencer Halpin’s Moral Kombat.Jenkins, who appears in the film, is enthusiastic:

Moral Kombat is perhaps the most important film ever made about video games.and you should see it if you get a chance. The film will force people on all sides of the debate about games and violence to re-examine their own positions and ask harder questions…

I will admit to having had a crisis of faith when I first saw the trailer. It felt sensationalistic and one-sided… don’t judge a book by its cover and don’t judge this film by its preview.

Frankly, I have been deeply troubled by those in the gaming community who would seek to silence this film, even if its perspective were fundamentally opposed to our own. Surely, we can’t defend the free speech rights of game designers and players by seeking to silence those who disagree with us… How does that make us any better than what we are fighting against?

I am proud to have been included in this important work. I hope my readers will be open-minded enough to check their assumptions at the door, give the film a chance, and think through the implications of what it has to say with fresh eyes.

Full Disclosure Dept: Spencer Halpin is the brother of ECA president Hal Halpin. The ECA is the parent company of GamePolitics.

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