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Gamers And Gaming

Above: Brendan Cavalier plays Clayton in the new play "Ragnarok."

Aired 11/28/11 on KPBS Midday Edition.

Guests:

Katherine Harroff, author of the play "Ragnarok," and artistic director of the new Circle Circle Dot Dot theater company.

Brendan Cavalier, actor and managing director, "Ragnarok," and self-described resident nerd of the theater company.

Philip Hansen, founder and owner of Evil Avatar.

Transcript

"Ragnarok" is a play that opened this past weekend and focuses on the world of live action role playing or LARP. Join us for a discussion of the play and the ever-growing world of gaming.

While the movie and music industries worry about how to get people to pay for their products, the gaming industry doesn't seem to have any problems getting folks to plop down $60 for a new video game. Recently Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 set records for opening day sales, and Elder Scrolls: Skyrim racked up big numbers for a role playing game. But gaming also goes beyond the console and the PC to what's known as LARPing or Live Action Role Playing. A new play called "Ragnarok" just opened at Tenth Avenue Theater dealing with a group of LARPers.

Katharine Harroff is the artistic director of the new Circle Circle Dot Dot theater company, which she calls "community based." This means that she wants to find stories in the community to share. So when she discovered a group of LARPers meeting each week near her home she wanted to tell their story, and "Ragnarok" was born.

Philip Hansen has been blogging about games for more than a decade on his site Evil Avatar. He says that video gaming continues to grow in popularity because people get more bang for their entertainment buck with video games.

One of the recent game releases is Arkhan City. Here's a trailer.

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