Schools outreach at the British Academy

The video games industry makes more money than the music and film industries combined but do we really understand video games – their ideas, their influences, their commentary on society, politics and culture? What do they tell us about the world we live in – the world outside the game?

Dr John Wills, Reader in American History and Culture, was asked by The British Academy to record a short film for key-stage four school pupils exploring these questions as part of its virtual Summer Showcase last month:

Last year, Dr Wills received a British Academy research grant for an interactive workshop on the depiction of American history and culture at its first-ever Summer Showcase, which attracted over 1,700 visitors – find out more

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