PBS video explores whether buying Call of Duty is a moral choice

In a video opinion piece published this week on YouTube, host of the PBS web series Idea Channel Mike Rugnetta asks, "Is buying Call of Duty a moral choice?"

Rungetta begins the episode by charting the history of guns in video games. He questions whether firearms' ever-increasing digital realism should be troublesome, especially if doing so amounts to "supporting the arms industry," a topic chronicled in a report earlier this year about gun manufacturers like Barrett Firearms Manufacturing whose firearms appear in video games. Do those realistic weapons make purchasing a video game a moral issue? And what should individuals do about it if so?

Make sure to watch the video above to see how Rungetta work out the answers to his own questions in about five minutes. He really really gets into the meat of his argument about three minutes in. You can check out more videos from the show "that examines the connections between pop culture, technology and art" to hear him talk about things like Kinect, Community and post-modernism and more at PBS Idea Channel's home on YouTube.

More from Polygon

The horror of Five Nights at Freddy's

  • Dark Souls 2: Crown of the Old Iron King Overview

  • Spacecom: a fast 4X built for multiplayer

  • Pillars of Eternity builds on role-playing classics

  • Tour the 1 KB hard drive built inside Minecraft

Latest Discussions

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new Polygon username and password

As part of the new Polygon launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to Polygon going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new Polygon username and password

As part of the new Polygon launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to Polygon going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.
Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_5353_tracker