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Yifat ShaikAssistant ProfessorYork University

Yifat Shaik is an Assistant Professor in Computational Arts at York University and an indie game developer whose focus is on creating personal autobiographical work and systems, data, and game mechanics in social interaction and political activism. Her work explores how "play" can become a powerful way to talk about and examine social structures, especially using mechanics as the primary tools of subverting the meaning of well-established video game systems. As an independent game developer, Yifat is currently working on Real Army Simulator, an anti-militarization game about the mundanity of military service and the Engine is the Message, a series of small experimental games done in nontraditional game engines. Her work has been exhibited and presented internationally in events like MIGS, Indiecade, Full Indie, Qgcon, and more and has received press attention from publications like Boing Boing, The Financial Post, and The Torontoist. Yifat was co-director of Dames Making Games Toronto and is a member of the Different Games Collective.