Games as Cultural Identity
Video games, as an interactive medium, have the power to teach players about different real-world cultures, arguably better than books or films on the same subject. Through code, visuals, audio, narrative, and design we can gain new perspectives about the people and places that produced these works. This session investigates several games with distinct cultural identities, made by indie and AAA developers from around the world. It will look at examples that depict Montreal business culture, Polish folklore, and even the British occupation of the Arabian Peninsula during the early 20th century. Attendees will come away with a deeper appreciation for the role of cultural identity in games, as well as tools and lenses for applying their own culture to the projects they’re working on.