A Media Education Foundation Production.
Director, Producer & Editor: Roger Sorkin
Associate Producer: Nina Huntemann
Praise for the Film
"Smart, engaging, and thought-provoking, Joystick Warriors delivers the latest research on video games and brings much-needed attention to what happens when people regularly engage in virtual killing. It could not be more timely or important."
- Nancy Carlsson-Paige | Professor Emerita at Lesley University | Author ofThe War Play Dilemma
"Essential viewing for all. Makes a significant contribution to the urgent discussion about the impact violent entertainment has on society."
- Jo Comerford | Executive Director of the National Priorities Project
"As a media literacy educator, Joystick Warriors is a necessity for my classroom. Using powerful examples and expert analysis, the movie weaves through a detailed critical analysis of the videogame industry and their products."
- Alexis Ladd, MPH | Instructor at Wheelock College | Co-founder of the Massachusetts Media Literacy Consortium
In the wake of mass shootings in the U.S. and around the world, there’s been growing speculation about the relationship between video game violence and violence in the real world.
Joystick Warriors provides the clearest account yet of the latest research on this issue.
Drawing on the insights of media scholars, military analysts, and gamers themselves, the film explores how the immersive experience of first-person shooter games links up with the larger stories cultures tell themselves about violence, militarism, guns, and manhood.
The result is an astonishing look at the wide-ranging effects of one of America’s most profitable international exports.
Features Leigh Alexander, Craig Anderson, Andrew Bacevich, Nina Huntemann, Sut Jhally, Elizabeth Losh, Matt Payne, Clive Thompson, and others.