Some gamers seek the simple satisfaction of puzzles, while others enjoy the boundless possibility that comes with simulations. Many work out their frustrations on the battlefront. And for some, video games take the place of visits to the gym. Advances in technology and powerful new ideas have evolved gaming into a richly varied aesthetic universe and a viable platform to address social, political, and personal issues. Tracy Fullerton is a game designer and associate professor in interactive media at the University of Southern California. Susana Ruiz is a USC doctoral candidate and the designer of the acclaimed game Darfur is Dying. Together with moderator Jane Saks, they take a look at the theoretical and creative processes that artists, activists, developers, and designers are dreaming up to revolutionize gameplay.
This program is generously underwritten in part by Esther S. Saks and is presented in partnership with Ellen Stone Belic Institute for the Study of Women & Gender in the Arts & Media.