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Meaningful Play 2018 at Michigan State University

Paper Information

TitleReality is Solid
Presenter(s)Sylvain Payen
SessionSociopolitical Games
TimeSaturday, October 13, 10:15a-11:15a
LocationLake Ontario
FormatPaper Presentation
DescriptionThis article will explore the political limits of playful expressiveness and the political exploitation of subversion by institutions through the example of the indie political game we created: "Avenue de l'├ęcole de Joinville" and its institutional rewards.
Created in 2012 as a student game project, "Avenue de l'├ęcole de Joinville" is a management game of a detention centre for illegal migrants, inspired by the protests that took place at a centre in France following the death of one of the detainees. Thus, we will seek to demonstrate that in the context of the political game, game curators use artworks as a Sign to support their own discourse, political posture and personal ambitions. The potential subversiveness of activism games is often used by external institutional actors as a self-promotional method without any real consideration for the purpose of the project and its design quality.

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