“Highway Of Tears” and Gaming. Can VR Headsets be a better means to discuss “Serious Topics?”

Wednesday April 11th, 2018, I attended an event called: “Coming To You From the Indigenous Future: A Showcase of Indigenous Women’s Digital media.” At the event I was introduced to the virtual reality (VR) headset. I found that it served as great mechanism to tell the story of Ramona Wilson (click here for documentary), a young native girl…

Thunder Bird Strike and Player Choice

Elizabeth LaPensée, professor and game designer, created the game known as Thunderbird Strike. In an interview with author Jacob Dubé she explains what her game is about. She says that as “a big greenish-blue thunderbird a player can use its thunder to destroy vehicles and construction sites…or they can use the [thunder] to restore the…

Quest to Learn

My middle and high school experience, by all accounts, was unusual. In New York City,  students apply for middle school in 5th grade, much the way that senior students in high school apply for college, and with similar amounts of stress. For me, this process was, by and large, uninteresting. I applied to the middle…