Traditional Storytelling Through World Games
Saturday, March 14
3:30PM - 4:30PM
AT&T Education Room
701 W Riverside Dr
Classic stories have always been an essential part of how wisdom is passed from generation to generation. Indigenous societies often use traditional storytelling to share and celebrate core cultural values as well. There is a tremendous opportunity to delve deeply into the folklore of indigenous cultures to find stories that can be expressed in unique ways through video games so that they can be shared with global audiences. However, to authentically and accurately represent such stories and values, the development process must be handled in direct partnership with the indigenous people themselves. This inclusive development process requires a serious commitment from all parties, from initial concepts to final product. We will explore the challenges and rewards of inclusive development and how experienced game developers can create successful partnerships to create innovative and impactful games that can celebrate, share and extend traditional cultures through game play.
Co-Founder & Pres
Alan works with leading foundations, academics, nonprofits and government agencies to harness the power of games for learning and social impact. Prior to E-Line, Alan co-founded and spent seven ye...Show the rest
Alan works with leading foundations, academics, nonprofits and government agencies to harness the power of games for learning and social impact. Prior to E-Line, Alan co-founded and spent seven years as CEO of netomat, a leader in mobile-web community solutions. Before netomat, he spent six years at Activision where he served as SVP of Activision Studios, overseeing titles such as Mechwarrior 2, Shanghai, Pitfall, Zork and Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater. Previously, Alan spent nearly ten years in the film industry. He has written numerous articles and has been a featured speaker at major conferences, including SXSW, CES, E3, Sundance Film Festival, and the World Economic Forums. Alan is a Founding Industry Fellow at the Center for Games and Impact at ASU and serves on the Board of Directors of FilmAid Int'l and the Advisory Boards of PBS Kids New Media, Creative Capital, and the Joan Ganz Cooney Center For Educational Media and Research. He is also on the Advisory Board of Games 4 ChangeHide the rest
Cook Inlet Tribal Council
Gloria helped found Upper One Games--the first indigenous-owned video game developer and publisher in US history--in 2012. She served as both President and CEO until its merger with E-Line Media i...Show the rest
Gloria helped found Upper One Games--the first indigenous-owned video game developer and publisher in US history--in 2012. She served as both President and CEO until its merger with E-Line Media in 2014 and now serves E-Line as Executive Chair. Since 1998, Gloria has also served as President and CEO of Cook Inlet Tribal Council (CITC) and, since its establishment in 2010, President and CEO of CITC’s for-profit subsidiary, CITC Enterprises Inc. (CEI). In addition, Gloria is a member of both the University of Alaska Board of Regents and the Alaskan Command Civilian Advisory Board. At the national level, she was appointed by U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius to serve on the Secretary’s Tribal Advisory Committee (STAC).
Originally from Soldotna, Alaska, Gloria is of Yup’ik and Irish descent.Hide the rest