Talk and Play 01: Games, Protest, Resistance, and Organizing

Join us on Thursday, September 21st in the Center for Digital Humanities (Buttrick 344) from 6 – 8pm for food, games, and discussion at the first monthly Talk and Play event. Over the course of the evening, we’ll play games from the #ResistJam, talk about politics in and around games, and use Ian Bogost’s understanding of games as procedural rhetoric to discuss the following questions:

  • Can games meaningfully intercede in contemporary politics? If so, how?
  • Can games support efforts to organize, protest, and resist?
  • What kinds of liberal, conservative, progressive, and regressive political forces are at work in games and gaming cultures?
  • What are the politics of game-production and -consumption?
  • How do cultural objects like games shape how we think and act politically?

The event will begin with food, a short introduction to the theme, and ~45 minutes of game playing, followed by ~45 minutes of small-group and open discussion. Anyone interested in games, regardless of previous experience, is welcome and encouraged to attend.

In order to plan for food and gaming stations, please RSVP to this Eventbrite:

Eventbrite – Talk and Play 01: Games, Protest, Resistance, and Organizing

If you have questions, send an e-mail to Derek Price at derek.t.price@vanderbilt.edu

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Links to games for the evening:

If Not Now, When? – https://ravynn.itch.io/if-not-now-when

Pivotal – https://jellymachete.itch.io/pivotal

Wake Up (online only!) – https://inverge-studios.itch.io/wake-up

 

If you want to play more, just check out the Resist Jam itch.io page – https://itch.io/jam/resistjam

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