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Meaningful Play 2018 at Michigan State University

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TitleIndigitalgames and the Representations of Indigenous Peoples Beyond Tomahawks and Headdresses
Presenter(s)Naithan Lagace
SessionIndigenous Games
TimeThursday, October 11, 11:00a-12:00p
LocationLake Ontario
FormatPaper Presentation
DescriptionAs video games media continues to expand in popularity within pop-culture, game developers are continuously relying on Indigenous tropes and stereotypes to portray in their video games. Whether it be mystifying characters, objects or beings within games like Until Dawn, and Silent Hill or representing favorite Western-themed tropes seen within Mad Dog Macree 2, and Red Dead Redemption. These games surround Indigenous representations with sophisticated and often cynical associations that distort Indigenous cultures, traditions, and relationships. Using a blogging format for this analysis, the site archives representations of both positive and negative portrayals of Indigenous peoples to further expand on what symbols, characters, stories and environments video games use to portray Indigenous cultures and identity. The project has taken form as a blog format encouraging individuals interested in learning more about representations to follow the blog as more games will continuously be added to the site to continue the conversations surrounding representations into the future.

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