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Friday, June 29 • 12:15pm - 12:35pm
Thunderbird Strike: Sovereign Game Development Without Borders

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Thunderbird Strike is a 2D game which brings awareness to Indigenous perspectives on oil infrastructure by adapting Anishinaabe stories about thunderbirds into game design and mechanics to express the need for balance. Players are challenged to make choices for restoration or destruction during a revisioned retro style side-scroller. As an Indigenous-led game, Thunderbird Strike is an act of sovereignty which has drawn considerable attention and exemplifies the importance of self-determined games.

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Elizabeth LaPensée

Assistant Professor, Michigan State University
Elizabeth LaPensée, Ph.D. is an award-winning designer, writer, artist, and researcher who creates and studies Indigenous-led media such as games and comics. She is Anishinaabe from Baawaating with relations at Bay Mills Indian Community, Métis named for Elizabeth Morris, and settler-Irish... Read More →

Friday June 29, 2018 12:15pm - 12:35pm EDT
Room 105