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Game Information

Titleawkward moment
Presenter(s)Mary Flanagan, Andrea McClave, Viviana Ramos, Max Seidman, Zara Downs, Sukdith Punjasthitkul
SessionPlay the Past: Where Meaningful Play and Digital Humanities Meet to Talk
TimeThursday, October 18, 11:00a-12:00p
LocationGold A
FormatGame Exhibition
Descriptionawkward moment puts 3-8 players in terrifically awkward social situations! Players take turns being the Decider. First, the Decider draws a Moment Card to reveal a hysterical, embarrassing, or stressful situation, and a Decider Card to determine the basis for choosing a winning Reaction. All other players try to impress the Decider by submitting the best response from their hand of cards!

awkward moment was created as part of Tiltfactor's National Science Foundation-funded project that aims to create games to decrease stereotypes and bias against girls and women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. To this end, many of the Moment Cards depict scenarios involving gender bias. Initial research suggests that the game strengthens players' association of women with science and inspires players to respond assertively to occurrences of bias.

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