Opinions and Culture

Video Games: Brain Gain or Drain?

Jayne Gackenbach Ph.D.

VideoGames: Brain Gain or Drain? – Horror in Film and Video Games

In this show I am talking with Dr. Barry Grant, who is a professor in the Department of Communication, Popular Culture and Film at Brock University in Ontario, Canada. Our topic is horror in film and video games. As an expert and teacher in film genres, science fiction, and horror, as well as a game developer, Dr. Grant has an informed perspective on why horror is such a popular genre across various media. In this interview we discuss its history in mythology and culture as well as query its wide popularity today ranging from zombies and vampires to surprise outcomes. You’ll learn why sometimes we laugh at horror films and how their import into video games offers new horizons for developers. Finally, I ask Dr. Grant, ‘is the popularity of the horror genre today an indication of fears of a failing society?’