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A CLOSED WORLD: Game Of The Week 2012, Episode One

The 2012 Game of the Week Podcast 1: A CLOSED WORLD featuring GAMBIT Audio Director, Abe Stein and GAMBIT Postdoctoral Reseacrher, Todd Harper.  

A Closed World was created to be a digital game that deals with queer issues, something that's very uncommon in games right now. Game designers and marketing professionals alike have cited a number of reasons for this, ranging from a perception of institutional homophobia in game culture to a genuine desire on the part of game designers to "get it right" and create games with compelling queer content, rather than feeling that the element is merely "tacked on" in the end. The goal of this research was to present the design team with the challenge of creating a game that had this compelling queer content, and to observe the ideas and hardships they considered and encountered along the way, so that we could learn more about how to approach those challenges in other design contexts. The project left the ultimate message of the game open to the creators; what was important to discover were the challenges the team faced trying to include queer content in the game, and the strategies they used to tell the story they wanted to tell. The result is a game that asks us to carefully consider what we think of as "normal," and what is needed to live in the world and be true to one's self.

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What is the Game of the Week? This is the Game of the Week.

Beginning February 20th, 2012...On the Monday of each week, a new video exploring the origins and processes of developing each project will be posted. GAMBIT Audio Director Abe Stein will post a blog during that week, featuring concept art, design documents, and analysis of the highlighted game will be offered for your viewing pleasure!

A GOTW 2012 Video: Closed World Produced by Generoso Fierro, Edited by James Barrile, Intro Music by Abe Stein, Background music by Casey Merhige.  

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