Matt Welch Talks Video Game Nation with Spark Unlimited's Craig Allen & USC Game Designer Tracy Fullerton


"As technology becomes ubiquitous and we have connections, games are just a natural outgrowth of our ability to socialize," says Craig Allen, CEO of Spark Unlimited, the video game development company that created the popular Call of Duty series. 

Allen joined Reason Editor in Chief Matt Welch and Tracy Fullerton, who is the director of the Game Innovation Lab at the University of Southern California, on May 8, 2014, at the Reason Foundation in Los Angeles, CA for the launch of Reason's special gaming issue, "Video Game Nation."

Allen and Fullerton discussed why gaming appeals to so many, how our lives are being gamified using a wealth of quantitative data, and how gaming supports a free market society. 

About 26 minutes. 

Shot by Alexis Garcia, Paul Detrick, and Alex Manning. Edited by Alexis Garcia. 

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  1. That still doesn’t exactly entice me to watch this. It looks almost as bad as that Obama sparkly unicorn gif.

  2. Way to fight the stereotype that libertarians are 99% men under 35.

    1. You understand that gaming is a bigger industry than film now, right? This isn’t the 1980s anymore; gaming is popular among both genders and all age groups.

      1. So are gym shoes.

      2. Well, if you include Farmville.

        Otherwise, nope.

    2. Women play video games now old man.

  3. Enough with the gaming crap. Seriously.

    1. Agreed. I love video games and think they will become the dominant media form over the next several decades, but Reason’s treatment of them has been embarrassingly ham handed. Like a mirror image of the idiots who blame violence on games.

    2. “Enough with the gaming crap. Seriously.”
      Yes. The pandering is embarrassing.

    3. Agree. It makes the whole Reason site look like infantile males in the eyes of others.
      Or, just maybe, it accurately portrays the authors and commenters?
      Hmmmm, makes one think, if that is allowed here.

    4. Reason covers books and movies and TV and has for a long time.

      Video games are a valid and growing part of pop culture.

      To ignore it would be to Reason peril.

      Also this isn’t the first time they focused on a special issue. They put a bunch of money and effort into this shit….what you want them to just trash all that stuff and not put it on the Internet?

      1. “They put a bunch of money and effort into this shit.”

        I got some FL real estate available, but ya gotta act quick!

      2. They put a bunch of money and effort into this shit…

        You know who else uses that excuse to justify dumb shit? Yeah. Congress.

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