In this bonus episode, Gordon Katic speaks with Paolo Pedercini, a professor in the School of Art at Carnegie Mellon University and a game developer who runs Molleindustria. Pedericini’s games offer systemic critiques of capitalism, and invite players to wonder whether video games can be a source of organizing and consciousness-raising.
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- Dive into Pedericini’s games, such as Democratic Socialism Simulator, Building a Better Mousetrap, the McDonald’s Videogame, Every Day The Same Dream, Phone Story, Operation: Pedopriest, Tamatipico, Rules and Roberts, and Kosmosis — “an arcade game from an alternate socialist universe.”
- Have a read of some of Pedericini’s writings, including “Gaming Under Socialism,” “Video Games and the Spirit of Capitalism,” and “Games Without Players.”
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This episode received support by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research, which provided us a research grant to look at the concept of “public intellectualism.” Professor Allen Sens at the University of British Columbia is the lead academic advisor. It was also part of a wider project looking at the politics of video games, housed at UBC and also advised by Lennart E. Nacke at the University of Waterloo.
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