| Jane Friedhoff at Eyeo 2018 |
Jane is an interdisciplinary creative researcher and an independent game developer, intent on blurring the lines between as many media and genres as she can. Her work focuses on how we can explore and push the affordances of a given medium--new or old, digital or analog--to create new, unusual, and surprising relationships between people.
In this talk, she explores the notion of games as power fantasies and their capacities for change--explicitly not "change" in a metrics-based or productivity-oriented way, but rather as a medium to point to and explore alternate worlds and ways of being.
‘When we talk about games as power fantasies, we tend to have one vision of that fantasy in our head, fueled by the larger industry's obsession with the stereotypical straight white male consumer. But what happens when we start to define power fantasies differently--in a way that forefronts folks more at the margins? What does it mean to create worlds in which we can embody power we've lost, or never had in the first place? And what on earth does any of this have to do with games about whacking Nazis with handbags, stealing back your lost wages, or dancing so hard you destroy the earth?’