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Games as Cultural Representation Roundtable

Charly Harbord  (Director of Operations, Global Game Jam)

Location: Room 314, South Hall

Date: Thursday, March 23

Time: 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Pass Type: All Access Pass, Core Pass, Summits Pass, Expo Pass, Audio Pass, Independent Games Summit Pass

Topic: Advocacy

Format: Roundtable

Vault Recording: Not Recorded

In this roundtable, we will discuss how games can be utilized as a medium to allow honest and positive self-representation of cultures. How we can implement them as a tool to help preserve endangered languages, traditions and heritages. Examples will be drawn from game jams, Indigenous language apps and ways to enable communities to create their own stories in games. We will discuss ways we can work together to share our stories, come up with action plans and make new friendships.


After brainstorming within the group it is hoped that attendees will leave with ideas of how to engage with and celebrate their communities through games. Have a plan of action for next steps for that outreach and new friends to support them on that journey.

Intended Audience

This roundtable is for anyone who is looking to explore games as a way to celebrate and share culture and language, especially endangered languages and traditions. As well as those hoping to seek connections and network to find ways to help along the way.