Environmental Justice & Decolonisation


Environmental Justice & Decolonisation

January 28 2018


Dog Eat Dog


Dog Eat Dog, Linawag Press
liwanagpress.com/dog-eat-dog

Dog Eat Dog is a game about colonialism and its consequences. It’s a tabletop roleplaying game in which one player takes the role of the colonizing forces, and the others each play a character from the colonized people. Through the game, they collectively create a story together, deciding everyone’s fate.

Idle No More Blockade


Idle No More Blockade, âpihtawikosisân
apihtawikosisan.com/2014/07/a-present-for-canada-day/

You play the character sâkowêw, a Cree girl who is sent by her Elders to gather land defenders from the city. The evil Enkoch Industries are planning to do some exploration on the Sundance field, and want to run a pipeline across the entire territory!

My Grandmother's Lingo


My Grandmother’s Lingo, SBS Australia
sbs.com.au/mygrandmotherslingo

My Grandmother’s Lingo , a voice-activated interactive animation that tells the story of a young Aboriginal woman who is fighting to save her Indigenous language. This game is a great way to start a discussion about the ways that capitalism and colonialism endanger indigenous languages and cultures, and on the importance of fighting back.

Oiligarchy


Oiligarchy, Molleindustria
molleindustria.org/en/oiligarchy/

Play as the CEO of an oil company maximizing profits and drilling for oil around the globe, in an effort to keep shareholders satisfied. A satire that tries to show many aspects of the oil industry as well as its evolution and spreading destruction since the mid 20th century to the near future.

Thunderbird Strike


Thunderbird Strike, Elizabeth Lapensée
thunderbirdstrike.com

Play as thunderbird protecting Turtle Island with searing lightning against the snake that threatens to swallow the lands and waters whole. The creator of this game has been harassed by oil companies and their allies, supposedly for “promoting ecoterrorism,” as part of a broader attempt to suppress indigenous resistance against pipelines.

Cards Against Colonialism


Cards Against Colonialism, Native Teaching Aids
nativeteachingaids.com/shop/cards-against-colonialism

A card game that is a modification (“mod”) of the game Cards Against Humanity. This game is intended as a work of satire and to acknowledge the stereotypes of the indigenous communities. “Cards Against Colonialism attempts to embrace the modern Native Culture, and allows us to learn and laugh at the same time.”

Ehdrigohr


Ehdrigohr, Allen Turner
council-of-fools.com/blog/ehdrigohr-rpg

A tabletop role-playing game in a fantasy world inspired by the myths and folklore of indigenous cultures around the world, rather than the usual euro-medieval tropes.

Phone Story


Phone Story, Molleindustria
phonestory.org

Phone Story is a game for smartphone devices that attempts to provoke a critical reflection on its own technological platform. Under the shiny surface of our electronic gadgets, behind its polished interface, hides the product of a troubling supply chain that stretches across the globe. This mobile game was made as a critique of the supply chain and colonialism in the production of smartphones. It was banned by Apple from its stores.
Content Warning - Suicide

Quest For Oil


Quest For Oil, Maersk Drilling
maerskdrilling.com/en/jobs-and-careers/quest-for-oil

This game is an example of the rhetoric and worldview of oil companies and how they portray and justify their actions. It is a good starting point for discussions of the roles of corporations and mainstream discourse around oil. Made by Maersk, a major oil company, this institutional game aims to take players “on a quest for one of today’s most indispensable resources – oil”.

Under Siege


Under Siege, Afkar Media
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Under Siege is an answer to the manner that arabs are typically depicted in western “first-person shooter” videogames, particularly in the game America’s Army, which was produced as a propaganda effort by the US military. The game tells the story of a Palestinian family during the second intifada. The game is difficult to find nowadays, but it’s relatively easy to find videos on YouTube.