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Meaningful Play 2016 at Michigan State University

Game Information

TitleYou Must be 18 or Older to Enter (student-created game)
Presenter(s)James Earl Cox III, Joe Cox, Julie Buchanan
SessionConference Reception, Game Exhibition, and Poster Session
TimeThursday, October 20, 7:00p-10:00p
LocationMSU Union Ballroom
FormatGame Exhibition
Description'You Must be 18 or Older to Enter' recreates the feeling and situation of being a prepubescent kid looking at porn for the first time. Through interactive fiction elements combined with ASCII styled art, 'You Must be 18 or Older to Enter' blurs several genres together to create an anxious experience. It is akin to horror, yet the fear is of being caught by parentals and being embarrassed of looking at the human body. The ASCII art makes the images hard to read close up, making the player embody a child-like role. Audiences at farther distances will be able to see the pictures more clearly, casting them in the role of adults. This game pushes the boundaries of storytelling, casting the player in the roll of an adolescent not only through narrative but through shared anxiety and paranoia with their character while exploring the website in the game. It's just a game, and the art isn't porn, yet it's just as nerve-racking.

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