Grassroot Diplomat Talks Podcast: Video Game Diplomacy from Street Fighter to Overwatch

EPISODE #7

Synopsis

The practices of diplomacy can be extended into how alternative media portrays countries and nationalities. Having a real country feature in a game is a tool of soft power diplomacy that can influence how players see and engage with the country they find themselves in the game, with a subtle push to help them mentally explore outside of their comfort zone and travel the world. Grassroot Diplomat CEO and not-so-secret gamer girl Talyn Rahman-Figueroa discusses the impact on nation branding and modern depiction of diplomacy in this riveting video game podcast.

Grassroot Diplomat Talks is the monthly podcast produced by Grassroot Diplomat, discussing the practices of diplomacy and international relations in today's modern world. Further information can be found on: www.grassrootdiplomat.org

SHOW NOTES

  • Video games is a great alternative media tool to build awareness of countries and people of different nationalities
  • Having a real country feature in a game is a tool of soft power diplomacy that can influence how players see and engage with the country they find themselves in the game
  • Video games has great influence in shaping world view perceptions including games like Street Fighter, Mass Effect, Dragon Age: Inquisition and Overwatch
  • There is a huge potential for diplomats to work closely with the gaming industry to ensure that a history of negative stereotypes is not continued through this medium

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