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Month: September 2017

#179: Elizabeth LaPensée, indigenous self-determination in game development.

#179: Elizabeth LaPensée, indigenous self-determination in game development.

Description

In this episode, Elizabeth LaPensée joins Kathryn and Dirk and they discuss indigenous self-determination in game development and how a destructive pattern of colonialism is being addressed.

Elizabeth LaPensée – elizabethlapensee@gmail.com, elizabethlapensee.com
Dirk Knemeyer – @DKnemeyer, www.artana.com, dirk@artana.com
Kathryn Hymes – @chicalashaw, thornygames.com

Episode Outline

  • 0:11 Welcome Elizabeth – Background
  • 1:35 Elizabeth’s voice and perspective as a game designer
  • 3:07 Themes of culture; How does this impact Elizabeth’s making of games
  • 7:46 In the game Invaders, can a player win? Or is it inevitable that they will die?
  • 9:09 How do Grandmother-mechanics fit into a game like Invaders with indigenous game mechanics?
  • 11:42 Is there a larger message that is being told with these games?
  • 12:36 Why might the holocaust in WWII Europe be see differently than the holocaust that was perpetuated on the native American peoples?
  • 17:45 While there a lot of patterns of colonialism in games today, are there any positive themes to be found?
  • 19:15 Serious Games – What is this about?
  • 22:59 Game development as a form of self determination
  • 27:52 Will games of assassination be seen in the future as smoking on planes is seen today?
#178: Niki Crisci, Will Glow the Wisp

#178: Niki Crisci, Will Glow the Wisp

Description

In this episode, Niki Crisci calls in from Germany and chats with David and Dirk about his recently release game, Will Glow the Wisp. They discuss his inspiration for the game and how he’s found the time to work on it.

Niki Crisci – @KeyboardSamuray , parttimeindie.com, store.steampowered.com/app/640890/Will_Glow_the_Wisp/
David Heron – @DavidVHeron
Dirk Knemeyer – @DKnemeyer, www.artana.com, dirk@artana.com

Episode Outline

  • 0:16 Welcome Niki- Background
  • 0:50 Overview of Niki’s new game, Will Glow the Wisp
  • 2:59 Niki’s day-job
  • 3:26 Nike’s art background and his relationship to making games
  • 6:57 When did Niki get started on Will Glow the Wisp?
  • 14:13 What is the indie game scene like in Germany?
  • 15:58 How has Niki dealt with a smaller supporting community during development?
  • 19:09 Working alone vs working with a team
  • 22:24 What is the hope for this or future games for Niki?
  • 24:02 Advice for beginners

 

 

#177: Tomer Perry, Ethics and Political Theory

#177: Tomer Perry, Ethics and Political Theory

Description

In this episode, Tomer Perry, political theorists, avid board and table gamer from Harvard University joins David and Dirk. They discuss how games are used to teach ethics and political theory.

Tommer Perry – @Perrytom6, ethics.harvard.edu, politicalgamer.com
David Heron – @DavidVHeron
Dirk Knemeyer – @DKnemeyer, www.artana.com, dirk@artana.com

Episode Outline

  • 0:14 Welcome Tomer – Background
  • 2:45 What impact, is what you’re doing, having for people who are teaching?
  • 3:53 Are great opportunity to also explore questions of ethics
  • 7:44 Book: The Art of Losing
  • 10:37 What can be learned from traditional game design?
  • 12:13 What is the innovation that is breaking new ground?
  • 15:31 Are there other fields besides IR that could benefit?
  • 16:52 Tabletop games are easier to reproduce
  • 19:37 Where does this all go moving forward?