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Teaching Game Design for a Reimagined World

Game Developers Conference, 2019.

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Session Description

Game designers are adept at creating future worlds, but our collective imagination seems to be stuck on escapist fantasies, dystopias, or re-skinning the present. This session focuses on an undergraduate course entitled “Speculative Futures: Games for a Different World” taught at UC Santa Cruz in which students imagine what happens to our world when major societal challenges are overcome and design games that belong in their speculative futures. This talk will demonstrate how starting with a desired future can lead to novel design avenues, ignites students’ political imagination, and results in a transformative classroom experience.

San Jose, California. 2019.