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Greg Perreault
Greg Perreault is a Ph.D. candidate at the Missouri School of Journalism and holds a master’s degree from the Communication, Culture and Technology program at Georgetown University. Prior to entering academia, Perreault worked as a reporter at the Palm Beach Post. He continues to freelance and has had work published at USA Today, The Los Angeles Times and the Miami Herald.

Entries by Greg Perreault

'Heroes and Generals': Finding a New Narrative for War Games

(0) Comments | Posted April 3, 2014 | 4:09 PM

Heroes and General 5edit War games tend to be a pretty repetitive genre in terms of story. This is not a problem if you like playing World War II, futuristic fantasy that seems quite a bit like World War...

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Why Do We Love Video Games?

(0) Comments | Posted February 10, 2014 | 4:36 PM

The bastion of video games -- the game console -- should be dead. Or at least dying.

Analysts have been saying this for some time. After all,...

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The Religious Ritual of Call of Duty

(0) Comments | Posted November 11, 2013 | 8:49 AM

The story is not new--an alternative timeline where the U.S. is at war with a militarily sophisticated enemy. But Battlefield 4 and Call of Duty: Ghosts, released this week, have been two of the...

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The Last of Us on (Un)dead Society and Zombie Religion

(5) Comments | Posted July 10, 2013 | 4:21 PM

*Warning: Minor spoilers for The Last of Us ahead.

You usually don't think of zombie stories as deep thinkers. Certainly not the kind of stories that keep you up at night thinking about medical research, the structure of society and the shape of religion if society dissolves. But then,...

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Killing God in Video Games

(31) Comments | Posted April 3, 2013 | 1:57 PM

*Warning: some spoilers for God of War, Xenoblade Chronicles and Breath of Fire to follow.

Since Kratos has killed just about everyone else in the Greek polytheistic world by the end of the six game God of War saga, it's perhaps not a surprise that at the end Kratos kills...

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Violence and Video Games... Again

(3) Comments | Posted December 27, 2012 | 8:15 AM

Video game violence is back. Again.

It is inexplicable that a crime with clear factors of gun control, mental illness, school safety, parenting and the like instead brought the effects of violent video games into the limelight.

I recently talked with an unnamed journalist who...

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Hindu Gods in Video Gaming

(60) Comments | Posted November 9, 2012 | 6:44 AM

In discussing the upcoming Indian festival of Diwali, a festival of lights observed by Hindus, Jains, Buddhists and Sikhs, an Indian colleague asked me why so many Christian themes emerged in video games when rich narratives from other faiths do not?

Good question. But it's worth pointing out an exception...

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'True Blood' Draws New Blood in Vampire Myth

(6) Comments | Posted August 29, 2012 | 1:00 PM

Even after five seasons, it's still clear why "True Blood" is popular. It's the sex, the blood, the social commentary -- and the sex.

But in a show that's never shied away from commentary on...

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Worshipping Final Fantasy Video Games

(17) Comments | Posted July 9, 2012 | 8:11 AM

They may not be Trekkies, but Final Fantasy fans can hold their own in terms of devotion to the material.

Two years ago, I visited Wolf Trap outside Washington, D.C. to watch a performance...

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Hungering for the Spiritual in Culture?

(5) Comments | Posted June 7, 2012 | 7:37 AM

2012-06-05-HungerGamesTrailer69600x375.jpgMedia carries culture with it. The narratives and stories that move our culture end up in the discourse of our media. What makes media studies so fascinating is to watch the changes in our culture problematized, challenged and affirmed. Of course there's a...

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Video Games and the Soul of the Machine

(19) Comments | Posted April 30, 2012 | 7:33 AM

The soulfulness and evil seen in robots in Xenoblade Chronicles and Mass Effect 3 is an interesting entry into the ongoing conversation of what constitutes a person. In part because we enter into it with what is, really, another machine: the video game system.

Since "Frankenstein,"...

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Faith Fueled Violence Invades Video Games

(420) Comments | Posted March 13, 2012 | 10:00 AM

In video games stories, violence is motivated by greed, family, survival and yes, religion.

In the fictional world of Mass Effect 2, the assassin strikes with both grace and extraordinary violence. He takes out the two guards and then kills his target. When she's dead he leans...

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