Monday, November 12, 2012

Global Gaming Spotlight: Every Day the Same Dream (Italy)

With each post in this mini-feature, I highlight a game from a different country around the world. Keep in mind these aren't necessarily the best or most popular games from each nation, but simply a fitting representative.

Every Day the Same Dream - Molleindustria, 2009 (play it here)

I recently wrote a lengthy essay sparked by Molleindustria's newest game, Unmanned. Although the most famous videogame character of all time may be a fictional Italian, Italy hasn't had a huge history as a mainstay of the games industry. Recently, though, they've emerged with a number of high profiles in independent gaming, like Molleindustria and Fotonica creators Santa Ragione.

Every Day the Same Dream is about daily routine. It's about finding inspiration in the little things that break up this constant rhythm of adult life. While Molleindustria is known for its sociopolitical work--which is fantastic, by the way--this game is more about personal struggles. The developer also writes a fantastic blog on their site that's worth reading even if you don't play their games.

While the mainstream gaming industry doesn't want to touch politics with a ten-foot pole, Molleindustria embraces the concept of games as an activist medium. And their work is often not about the games' mechanics or "winning"--they're about sending a message or finding a feeling.

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