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Back after a break, Life and Dev welcomes Zöe Jellicoe @geneva__diva for a talk about writing about games and writing in games. Zöe reveals her favourite narrative game of all time and what she really spends her time doing in open world games.

We thank Berlin Game Scene and Nomi,  she created our new logo.


10:00 Cutting grass and driving games
14:40 Reviewing games
19:00 Talk and Play and a developing Scene
22:40 Critical of criticism
26:50 Narrative picks – Kentucky Route Zero
32:00 Choice in games – the Wolf Among us
37:45 Mosaic – the project with a branching narrative that is DEFINATELY NOT A GAME
45:40 NO

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Closer and Weirder

Fakhra AlMansouri joins Life and Dev as part of the A MAZE special. A hyper talk presenter and guest in Berlin, we discuss trying to start a games business when the government thinks you want to start a toys business, caramel, stranger things and site-seeing through games.

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Hyper Talks

1:00 Games in the UAE
10:00 Challenges in starting a company
20:00 Stranger things and tourism through games
26:50 Biscuits and sweets from home
35:00 Community blues at customs
42:00 Being scared of games
46:00 Global Game Jam in UAE
48:40 Abu Dhabi Metro Jam and blinkers
57:00 1,2 Switch

A big thank you to Happy Tuesday for hosting us.

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Marie Claire LeBlanc and I discuss ethics and permission for real world consequences in a VR game from her work “other hands VR”. Marie reveals what she has brewing in her kitchen, literally and we discuss bacteria conspiracy theories and examine my prejudices against smell artists.

1:30 Cellulose for making games
4:00 ‘Other hands VR’
9:30 The performative
15:00 Ethics and harm
22:00 Different protagonists
27:00 VR Sliding Doors: it is all just data
31:00 Garnering consent
37:40 Marie’s first VR experience
46:00 Bacteria conspiracy and smells