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Wednesday, August 21 • 14:00 - 15:00
Quartet of Game Culture - war, religion & democracy: gaming in a historical setting

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Inspired by the “literary quartet”, the “Quartet of Game Culture” looks at the cultural aspects of outstanding computer games in the style of a newspaper’s arts and leisure section. The gamescom congress will focus on two very different games, which nevertheless have a great deal in common. “A Plague Tale: Innocence” is a tautly and elaborately told tragic story about a group of children in the 14th century. “Assassin’s Creed Odyssey” is an explorative, open world action game that takes place in Ancient Greece. The one thing that both games have in common is a setting that is not one-hundred percent historically accurate but seems authentic. The quartet, made up of Lena Falkenhagen, Nina Kiel, Melek Balgün and Marcus Richter, will analyse and interpret the two titles based on this shared feature. Some of the key aspects will be how the historical is used as a backdrop, what role models are communicated and the interactions between game mechanics and dramaturgy that ensue from this. Do the games help to broaden our understanding of modernity by looking at the past? Or are they just pretentious clichéd representations?

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Lena Falkenhagen

Freelance Author
Lena Falkenhagen works as a freelance author, editor, translator and computer game author.She has written four historical novels, of which Die Lichtermagd won the DeLiA prize in 2010. Her novel “Undercover” written for Markus Heitz’s Justifiers series is a work of science fiction... Read More →
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Nina Kiel

Games Journalist, Researcher & Developer
Nina Kiel lives and works as a game journalist, researcher and developer in Düsseldorf. After her book Gender in Games was published in 2014, she began lecturing regularly on the topic at conferences. In addition, she has published many articles in both online and print publications... Read More →
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Marcus Richter

Marcus Richter grabbed a microphone in 2006 and hasn't let go ever since. Besides working for Germany's top radio stations including Deutschlandfunk Kultur and Fritz (rbb), he moderates events and  workshops for institutions like the BMFSFJ (Ministry for Youth and Family), the Bundeszentrale... Read More →

Wednesday August 21, 2019 14:00 - 15:00 CEST
Track 1: Public Stage