Talks

Complex storytelling in games
Archived
FREE

This event took place online on Wed 10 Mar 2021 and can be watched via the video above.

Videogames can be hugely entertaining and give players a wonderful escape, but are also a very effective medium to engage players in more serious stories.

This panel discussion explores the world of thematically challenging games – ones that tackle complex or difficult subject matter, using the medium to explore new stories and offer interesting perspectives to players.

How is the games world currently tackling difficult and challenging themes, and are games the right vehicle for this? Who’s the audience right now, and is that changing? Should it? Is the process of engaging these themes with gaming works unravelling new methods for narrative exploration?

The panel will be moderated by journalist, author and gaming expert Jordan Erica Webber.

Guests include

Florent Maurin, founder of The Pixel Hunt, creators of Bury Me, My Love, an interactive fiction about a Syrian woman trying to reach Europe and her husband who stayed behind and uses a messaging app to provide her with support and advice.

Game Developer Chella Ramanan, co-author of Before I Forget, a narrative game about dementia and Windrush Tales, a game in development following 2 people leaving the Caribbean to start a new life in 50s Britain.

Nina Freeman game developer and partnered streamer on Twitch. She designed games such as Cibele, how do you Do It? and We Met in May.

The event will be pre recorded and and shown online at https://homemcr.org.

Muslim Representation in Games
Streamed Thu 18 Mar 2021, 13.00 – 14.00
FREE

A discussion focusing on cultural representation within videogames that extends beyond western-centric readings and tropes, specifically looking at Muslim representation in games compared to other medium. Who’s doing this right? Why are these experiences meaningful, and for whom? Can we learn from media forms outside of the games space such as comics, TV and film?

Guests include

Shaf Choudry, co-founder of The Riz Test, a project to measure the portrayal of Muslims in Film and TV. With more to be announced.

Dr Romana Ramzan, producer for No Code Studio the team behind BAFTA winning Observation and the critically acclaimed work Stories Untold.

Anisa Sanusi, Video Games UI/UX Designer for Roll 7 and founder of Limit Break Mentorship.

Umar Ditta, comic book author and writer for Closed Hands

The event will be pre recorded and and shown online at https://homemcr.org.

Want to put a question to the panel ahead of the recording? Head HERE.

Workshops

Beginners Interactive fiction for writers
Sat 20 Mar 2021, 10.00 – 13.00
£7 full / £6 concs. Free tickets available

A workshop exploring the world of interactive fiction and how you can make your very own interactive stories without learning to code or figuring out complex tools.

No previous skills required: if you’ve watched Bandersnatch or picked through a dog-eared Choose Your Own Adventure book and want to know a bit more about how it all works, this is the course for you!

Join the game’s writing team – Dan Hett, Dan Whitehead and Sharan Dhaliwall – to explore both the tools and techniques used in Closed Hands, and how you can write and create interactive stories yourself.

Intermediate Interactive fiction for writers
Sun 21 Mar 2021, 10.00 – 13.00
£7 full / £6 concs. Free tickets available

A workshop for existing writers with some experience in “traditional” linear fiction, exploring how to effectively build a fragmented interactive narrative.

Join the game’s writing team – Dan Hett, Dan Whitehead and Sharan Dhaliwall – to explore both the tools and techniques used in Closed Hands, and how you can write and create interactive stories yourself.

This is a workshop session specifically aimed at existing writers including (but not limited to) existing authors, screenwriters, journos, poets…basically anyone who is already established and writing in some capacity. If you are interested but have no writing experience, check out the beginners workshop.