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From Sun Tzu to Xbox: War and Videogames

From Sun Tzu to Xbox is a definitive history of the longstanding relationship between games and military culture, from wargaming’s roots in ancient civilizations, to the Cold War development of computing for battle, to a recent crop of Pentagon-funded shoot-’em-ups, big-budget commercial titles and homemade hacks.

Interview with Ed Halter, author of
From Sun Tzu to Xbox: War and Videogames

We discuss why he wrote From Sun Tzu to Xbox: War and Videogames and what the book is about; Grand Theft Auto; 9/11; Top Gun; Conflict: Desert Storm, America’s Army and Full Spectrum Warrior; writing the initial article for the Village Voice; the history of war games; chess and kriegspiel; H.G. Wells; anti-wargames; Josh On‘s They Rule; the impact of war game snot steeped in nationalism or based on historical events like Quake, Halo and World of Warcraft; the Vietcong video game; comedian David Cross on violence in video games and rap music; war video games in other countrie; Under Ash; video games as a weapon for cultural wars; what people from the military have said about From Sun Tzu to Xbox: War and Videogames; the US military’s current plans for video games; Counter-Strike; his favourite war based video game; why he chose Xbox over PlayStation in the title of his book.


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This entry was posted on 7 September, 2006 by in Civilisation, Culture, Militarism general.

Timely Reminders

"Those who crusade, not for God in themselves, but against the devil in others, never succeed in making the world better, but leave it either as it was, or sometimes perceptibly worse than what it was, before the crusade began. By thinking primarily of evil we tend, however excellent our intentions, to create occasions for evil to manifest itself."
-- Aldous Huxley

"The only war that matters is the war against the imagination. All others are subsumed by it."
-- Diane DiPrima, "Rant", from Pieces of a Song.

"It is difficult
to get the news from poems
yet men die miserably every day
for lack
of what is found there"
-- William Carlos Williams, "Asphodel, That Greeny Flower"