The games industry is breaking records worldwide, and as a community is trying to answer hard questions about the future of medium. As game development is an art, a narrative and a vehicle to educate as well as entertain, we have the power to do more, be more and affect people profoundly. Nordic Game is proud to provide a platform to explore these issues in the new Impact Sessions at Nordic Game 2018, telling the stories beyond games as entertainment and encouraging game creators to think about how games can have a real impact on our world.
Curated by Kate Edwards (CEO of Geogrify and former IGDA executive director) and Tsahi Liberman (foreign affairs VP at GameIS and Funnel Entertainment studio head), here’s a preview of what to expect from the NG18 Impact Sessions:
Games That Make You Think
Pascal Luban – Game Designer/Creative Director, The Game Design Studio
Could games be more than enjoyable entertainment? Could games enrich us in the way great movies, literature or music does? This is already happening with titles like This War of Mine. Discover why and how games will make us think and ponder on our humanity and make us better citizens.
Show, Don’t Tell: Using Empathy to Talk to the Player
Tabea Iseli – Game Designer, Stardust
Creating meaningful games is challenging: It’s the art combining fun gameplay with a message. You often ask yourself the question: How can I let the player experience complex topics like racism, sexism or global warming without removing the fun? The talk explores the player’s empathy as a tool of communication.
Shalev Moran – Games Program Curator, Print Screen Festival
We can involve politics in our games, but can we involve our games in politics? In this talk we’ll look at games through the lens of participatory art and creative activism, to examine cases where games and play can be not just political statements, but also political action.
Learn all about the latest confirmed NG18 speakers right here and stay tuned for further reveals over the coming weeks.
About the Nordic Game conference
Nordic Game is the leading games conference in Europe, and 2018 is its fifteenth year. Gathering over 2,000 games industry professionals in Malmö annually, Nordic Game is the one and only “home turf” meeting place for the highly successful game developers of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden.
Learn more about next month’s Nordic Game 2018, 23-25 May in Malmö, Sweden at conf.nordicgame.com – and register today!