Tuning in to a worldwide conversation about video games while living in Asia, Australia, South and North America & now in Europe, I have more recently begun writing about this seemingly universal interest. (See my article about League of Legends and Chinese video game hospitality here.)
Two games have caught my attention recently, not due to mainstream popularity but because of the beautiful glimpse of culture in the one and the sobering message for the world in the other. Without being pushy the games draws you into the message, engaging you in the cultures and the realities while enjoying this interactive medium.
“Never Alone – Kisima Ingitchuna”, developed with nearly 40 Native Alaskan Iñupiat elders, storytellers and community members, is the gorgeously illustrated puzzle adventure of a girl and her fox through the Arctic wilderness.
“This War Of Mine” is a game from a team in Warsaw, Poland that puts you are in the battle, but not as a soldier. The twist that millions of actual people suffer in the realities of modern day warfare makes you responsible for refugees trying to survive in a besieged city. This game partnered with War Child who protect and support children affected by war.