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Monday, July 31 • 12:10pm - 12:20pm
Beyond Representation: Designing Games With Sociocultural Context

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Many modern games let players play as characters who look like them--but only as outsiders, inhabiting a fictional world shaped by the developer's culture and worldview. Kevin Chen, project director at Nuclear Fishin' Software, discusses how the team behind their teenage immigrant simulator Four Horsemen uses simple technology and radically unique design to make the world of the game feel recognizable as a reflection of the player's own, from language cues to cultural values.

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Kevin Chen

Director, Nuclear Fishin' Software
Kevin Chen is the founder and sole full-time employee of Nuclear Fishin' Software, a tiny indie game studio in Brooklyn. Most recently, he was writer, programmer, and project director on Four Horsemen, a visual novel / simulation game about the immigrant experience, which shipped... Read More →

Monday July 31, 2017 12:10pm - 12:20pm EDT
Room 104