Exploring the video game culture

For Immediate Release:  March 12, 2014

David S. Heineman

BLOOMSBURG — David S. Heineman, assistant professor of communications studies at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, will talk about the cultural significance of video games on Wednesday, March 26, at 7 p.m. His lecture, “Thinking about Video Games: Notes from a Researcher,” will be presented in the Warren Student Services Center 004.

Heineman will present information from more than 75 interviews with game designers, artists, historians and other professionals in the gaming industry. It will discuss questions about video games’ merit as an art and the emergence of problems facing contemporary gamer culture, like discrimination based on race, gender or sexual orientation.

The presentation will cover video gaming’s full history with video, audio and images ranging from Atari 2600 and Sega Genesis to Xbox, PlayStation and Nintendo. Heineman will also touch on games playable on PC, mobile devices and handhelds, as well as vintage systems.

Heineman’s lecture is sponsored by the Institute for Culture and Society and the College of Liberal Arts. It is free and open to the public.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The university, celebrating 175 years of excellence in 2014, serves approximately 10,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.