Opinions and Culture

Video Games: Brain Gain or Drain?

Jayne Gackenbach Ph.D.

VideoGames: Brain Gain or Drain? – Narrative and Gaming: Influences of Mixed Media

Dr. Evelyn Ellerman, chair of the Department of Communication Studies at Athabasca University, is interviewed in this show. She talks about the implications of gaming for the field of Communication Studies. Dr. Ellerman will address the role of narrative in games as a form of storytelling. How media overlap with newer media transforming older media is a theme in this discussion. She particularly explains how the movie and gaming industries are cross pollinating and the implications of such overlap for the future of these media. Also touched upon are some of the educational implications of the use of new media, including gaming and simulated environments. You’ll learn how video games, as well as other new media, are reshaping how we communicate and thus learn through stories.