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Thursday, June 23 • 11:30am - 11:45am
Comedy, Games and Social Change

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When we think of games about important social issues, many of us tend to assume that comedy has no place in any treatment of such serious topics. Yet, on the contrary, humor can play an important role in humanizing difficult situations and helping us feel empathy for characters. This presentation will highlight several examples of games that effectively use absurdity and silliness to tell memorable stories about living in the world as a marginalized person. You may even actually laugh at some point. Hopefully.

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Dietrich Squinkifer

Mx. Dietrich Squinkifer (Squinky) is a writer, programmer, musician, and visual artist who creates games and playable experiences about gender identity, social awkwardness, and miscellaneous silliness. They have an MFA in Digital Arts and New Media from UC Santa Cruz, and in 2015, they were recognized among the Forbes 30 Under 30 in Games. Squinky's work has been featured in the Independent Games Festival and the IndieCade festival, as well as in... Read More →


Thursday June 23, 2016 11:30am - 11:45am
Room 104

Attendees (45)