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Use Of Video Games As Propaganda

SharkLaser (2495316) writes | more than 2 years ago

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SharkLaser (2495316) writes "A video game developer working Kuma Reality Games has admitted that the company has been receiving money from CIA to design and distribute for free special movies and games with the aim of manipulating public opinion in the Middle East. Amir Mizra Hekmati, a former U.S. Marine, moved to work for Kuma after working for DARPA and has said the goal of the company was to convince people that whatever U.S. does in other countries is a good measure. Kuma officials have declined to comment while Hekmati himself is locked in Iran. The United States government has demanded the release of Hekmati, but Iran has sentenced him to death for spying, which he confessed to."
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Bad idea, even though results are always bad... (2)

L337Wulf (1504555) | more than 2 years ago | (#38639136)

You know, like incentives. If you want people to think that you do good things, it seems like doing good things would be the best path forward. It may take more time (and there is always that little issue of only being able to influence rather than control opinions) but it carries less risk of back firing. Even if the propaganda route were successful, how much ground was lost once the program was exposed? Probably fair to say that the subjects have less trust in you than before the program started. Reminds me of all of the pro Obama ads that were popping up in games in 2007/2008.
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