Changing the world doesn't look like changing the world
February 11, 2018 9:59 PM   Subscribe

Austin Walker, EIC of Waypoint, gives a talk at NYU Game Center (youtube) (audio) addressing the role of games in a time of political struggle, followed by a Q&A with Frank Lantz (of Universal Paperclips fame).

Other talks from the lecture series can be found in this youtube playlist which includes speakers Robert Yang, David O'Reilly, and Jane Ng.
posted by juv3nal (4 comments total) 10 users marked this as a favorite
 


I have found that one might not save the world, but frequently rescue your corner of it, and one can change the world, but she has to be in the mood.
posted by lazycomputerkids at 2:51 PM on February 12


Austin Walker is also famous for his role as the showrunner/Game Master of famous RPG podcast Friends at the Table (where to start? Season 4 AMV trailer).

Around an hour and seven minutes into this talk, at the end of the one on one Q&A, he gives this statement: "I'm not going to write that story because it's going to change the world. I'm going to do it because it's worth doing on its own. You know Zimmerman in the final piece of the manifesto says that games don't need to be justified, games are beautiful. We don't need them to save us for us to love them and for us to pursue them and talk about them. They don't need to be the thing that rescues us from hell. They can be in hell with us. And... like, that's all. That's all."
posted by fomhar at 10:19 PM on February 12 [1 favorite]


Zimmerman's manifesto here btw.
posted by juv3nal at 12:56 AM on February 13


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