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6TH INTERNATIONAL INDEPENDENT GAMES AND PLAYFUL MEDIA FESTIVAL: APRIL 26—29, 2017
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Thursday, April 27 • 10:00 - 11:00
Shawn Alexander Allen: Put Your Glock Away, I've Got a Stronger Weapon for You

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What would Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr. think of the lo-fi turn based RPG Undertale? How does Undertale’s message relate to the ultra violent, petulant God of War? How was God of War influenced by Bruce Lee?

In games, combat is often widespread, enemies die by the hundreds, and players revel in this meaningless violence.

This talk will dive into game design, activism, martial arts, slam poetry, boxing, and more to deconstruct that violence, and how we can find better ways to communicate conflict with meaning, purpose, and in a critical manner.


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Shawn Alexander Allen

Shawn makes (often political) art in the way of games (both digital and non), photography, poetry, and dystopian fiction. He also writes media criticism, with a focus on race/class and representation, as well as game design critique. He is currently making the political dark comedy & tactical beat ‘em up Treachery in Beatdown City, and is perpetually working on the graffiti turf warfare game Corporate Vandals. Always support... Read More →


Thursday April 27, 2017 10:00 - 11:00
Haubentaucher Revaler Str. 99, 10245 Berlin

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