Attention basement dwellers: on Wednesday, February 6, OCAD is hosting a free presentation by SWEAT, a collaboration of game designers, programmers, and artists dedicated to bringing socially aware video games to the general public. SWEAT has already produced games like Crosser, a Frogger-esque game about illegal crossing at the US/Mexico border, and is currently developing Juan & the Beanstalk, a game about the societal effects of illegal drug production in Colombia.
The presentation will be lead by one of SWEAT’s founding members, Rafael Fajardo, an advocate for video games as a teaching method and probably one of the coolest guys to come out of Denver since the creators of South Park. Torontoist would suggest future titles such as “Cracky Jackie’s escape from Moss Park” and “Lethargic Larry attempts to decode a recycling calender.”
“Reflective Play: Exploring the Creation of Games and Toys to Raise Consciousness and Stimulate Thinking” kicks off at 6:30 p.m. at the OCAD auditorium (100 McCaul Street). Guests are advised to arrive early due to limited seating. Antiperspirant is optional.
In-game screen-capture courtesy of SWEAT.