|Title||Marriage game: Playing with Love|
|Session||Conference Reception, Game Exhibition, and Poster Session|
|Time||Thursday, October 11, 7:00p-10:00p|
|Location||MSU Union Ballroom|
|Description||Marriage has historically involved the selling of women for profit, the trading of daughters for property, used as a legal justification for rape and domestic abuse, limited access to family services, spawned a billion-dollar slave industry around diamonds, and created the backbone for much of the American Dream. To explore the marriage-industrial complex and its historical evolution, this project utilizes serious games and critical play to question the seemingly natural social institutions that individuals participate in every day.
Through a series of four eras (each designed to elicit a different experience) individuals play a selected set of cards (crafted from historical research) to earn points. The goal of this project is to critically analyze the institution of marriage, its role in society and the social implications for (non)participating members.