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Meaningful Play 2018 at Michigan State University

Game Information

TitleMarriage game: Playing with Love
Presenter(s)Alexis Pulos
SessionConference Reception, Game Exhibition, and Poster Session
TimeThursday, October 11, 7:00p-10:00p
LocationMSU Union Ballroom
FormatGame Exhibition
DescriptionMarriage 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.

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