Thursday, February 21, 2013

Global gaming: The Snowfield (Singapore)

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.

The Snowfield - Singapore-MIT GAMBIT Game Lab, 2011 (play it here)

Considering we're getting up to ten inches of snow today in Kansas City, I felt like writing about The Snowfield. But surprisngly, it comes from Singapore--not exactly a place known for its wintry weather.

The Snowfield was developed by the Singapore-MIT GAMBIT Game Lab. GAMBIT was a collaboration focused on encouraging young game designers in Singapore to explore the medium. Their 2011 work is a war game, but not quite a wargame. In The Snowfield, you play as a World War I soldier walking around a battlefield in the aftermath of the battle.

Considering the industry's fixation with wargames, this post-war image is a great commentary on the aftermath we don't get to see in other games. No shooting people, no action. Just suffering bodies in the cold.

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