GAMES AND POLITICS features eighteen games that have expressly political content and can be played at ISELP. They belong to little-known genres: from documentary games known as newsgames, to anti-war games. By putting ourselves in the shoes of a person from a minority group, we can change our point of view, even if it means altering our ideas about societal issues.
Videogames are now one of the leading cultural industries worldwide. In the early 2000s, videogame turnover outstripped the cinema industry. However, videogames are only rarely featured by cultural institutions; their «fun» nature often prevents them from being regarded as having any artistic merit.
Of course, the medium has evolved significantly. In the last twenty years, we have seen, among others, the development of ‘serious games’; which aim to be educational, thought-provoking,
political, even. Taking advantage of their interactive potential, and the possibility of experiencing another reality, these games tackle complex contemporary questions, whether they are asked by individuals or collectively. What would you do as a soldier in charge of a border crossing (Papers, Please)? Are you capable of leading a nation (Democracy 3)? Would you dare to come out to your parents or friends (Coming Out Simulator)? How would you survive as a civilian in a war zone (This War of Mine)?