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Game Narrative Summit: Improving Politics in Narrative Games

Greg Buchanan (Scriptwriter (Freelance), No Man's Sky: Atlas Rises, Metro Exodus & more)

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Topic: Game Narrative

Format: Session

Vault Recording: TBD

Audience Level: All

In the last decade, studios and publishers have repeatedly denied the political ramifications and meanings of their works, feeding into a cultural war over the place and meaning of the term 'politics' when it comes to games. In this talk, Greg Buchanan (No Man's Sky: Atlas Rises, Metro Exodus) discusses whether, why, and when it is useful to talk about politics in games, ranging from discussions of Spec Ops: The Line, The Last of Us, and the recent games of Ubisoft to his own recent acclaimed narrative work, American Election.


Attendees will gain a greater insight into the different ways in which political elements frequently manifest in game narratives, and best practices for game writing and narrative design so that these elements achieve emotional resonance with their audiences.

Intended Audience

Game developers of all levels are welcome, particularly game writers and narrative designers, and any role that might need to discuss the political as part of their work.