Full Interview: Kellee Santiago on Video Games and the Power to Communicate

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Okay, Pong didn't make the most profound of philosophical statements. But it sure was a heck of a lot of fun! Remember those days of early gaming? Come to think of it, many of our technological developments in the communications field manifest in answer to the human need for entertainment. For example, it's believed that the first item published by Gutenberg's press was a German poem around the year 1450. As these innovations mature, the messages they convey both broaden and deepen. We've seen it happen in print, film, radio and television. Kellee Santiago is someone who says that time has come for the video game. She says games are at a point where they are able to give people meaningful, enriching experiences that have the potential to inspire them to make the world they live in a better place. Kellee is co-founder and president of thatgamecompany. She talked to Nora about the power of video games as a medium of communication. A shorter version of this interview will air on a future episode of Spark, but you can hear the full, uncut interview. Just download the MP3. [runs 30:17]

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