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Wednesday, August 21 • 16:30 - 17:00
Revisiting Historical Traumas in Video Games

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The talk will critically discuss the challenges of developing video games dealing with historical traumas. It stems from the speaker’s experience of being a lead game designer of Attentat 1942, a narrative game that tells the story of Nazi occupation of Czechoslovakia from the perspective of those who experienced it firsthand. The game was critically acclaimed and received several prestigious awards, including the Most Amazing Game at the 2018 A MAZE festival. The talk will revisit the challenges designers faced when they based the game on real historical events and ethically and emotionally loaded testimonies. Furthermore, the talk will discuss the upcoming game Svoboda 1945 that deals with the WWII aftermath, including the expulsion of Sudeten Germans and the rise of communism to power.

Speakers
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Vít Šisler

Lead Game Designer, Assistant Professor, Charles University
Vít Šisler is a lead game designer of the award-winning video game Attentat 1942, which explores World War II through the eyes of survivors. He is also an Assistant Professor of New Media Studies at Charles University, where he focuses on serious games, educational simulations and... Read More →


Wednesday August 21, 2019 16:30 - 17:00
Track 2: Learning with Games