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Worldbuilding Our World

Presented at Sweden Games Conference,19th Oct, 2018, Skvode, Sweden. Video and speech available here: https://www.christydena.com/2018/11/my-sweden-games-conference-talk-worldbuilding-our-world/

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Worldbuilding Our World

  1. 1. WORLDBUILDING OUR WORLD (How what we make affects the world, and ourselves) ALTERNATE REALITIES CHRISTY DENA, UNIVERSE CREATION 101, SWEDEN GAMES CONFERENCE, OCT 19th 2018 @christydena
  2. 2. LIFE CLIPBOARD QUESTIONS
  3. 3. LIFE CLIPBOARD QUESTIONS 1) Why is it I don’t find many AAA, double AA and Hollywood studios appealing to work in, despite the great talent and resources? 2) How can I help others understand/ justify why I turn down working with some great clients and companies? 3) Do you really have to make one kind of project for a mass market? 4) What other ways can the core essence of a creative project be understood? 5) Do I, and others, do harm with the projects we create? 6) Can creative projects really change the world? 7) Can I, can you, change the world, now?
  4. 4. PETER BERGER & THOMAS LUCKMAN’S “THE SOCIAL CONSTRUCTION OF REALITY”
  5. 5. DEFINING REALITY, QUICKLY “Reality” = “phenomena that we recognize as having a being independent of our own volition”, we can’t “wish them away” Peter L. Berger and Thomas Luckmann (1991 [1966]) The Social Construction of Reality: A Treatise in the Sociology of Knowledge, UK: Penguin Books, p.15
  6. 6. How is reality constructed??
  7. 7. How is reality constructed??
  8. 8. Humans externalize
  9. 9. Our activities become habits We are freed from the burden of decisions Our activities become routines Our activities become automatic We forget we had choices
  10. 10. Habits become Institutions
  11. 11. Habits become Institutions “reciprocal typification of habitualized actions by types of actors” types of actions performed by types of people
  12. 12. Parents also transmit Institutionalizations to kids = Socialization
  13. 13. Institutions are experienced as objective reality, but are human constructions We create an “objective reality” through our externalisations
  14. 14. Reification (we ascribe our social reality to anything but our minds), Internalization (we take on the social order), and Roles (we be the types) CBS’ “THE BIG BANG THEORY”
  15. 15. Institutions exert coercive control socially, & through Socialisation & Internationalization shouldn’t need additional control mechanisms Photo by the Boston Herald newspaper
  16. 16. The Social Construction of Reality OBJECTIVE REALITY SUBJECTIVE REALITY ExternalizationHabitualization Institutionalization Internalization
  17. 17. WORLDBUILDING OUR WORLD: Four Key Realities/Universes 1. Paramount Reality/Universe 2. Reality Maintenance 3. Reality Metamorphoses 4. Universe Creation Developed from Peter L. Berger and Thomas Luckmann’s (1991 [1966]) The Social Construction of Reality: A Treatise in the Sociology of Knowledge, UK: Penguin Books.
  18. 18. The Reality of Everyday Life is the Paramount Reality OBJECTIVE REALITY SUBJECTIVE REALITY PARAMOUNT REALITY “Among the multiple realities there is one that presents itself as the reality par excellence. This is the reality of everyday life. It’s privileged position entitles it to the designation of paramount reality. [...] It is impossible to ignore, difficult even to weaken in its imperative presence. Consequently, it forces me to be attentive to it in the fullest way. [...] I apprehend the reality of everyday life as an ordered reality. Its phenomena are prearranged in patterns that seem to be independent of my apprehension of them…”
  19. 19. PARAMOUNT UNIVERSE “The reality of everyday life is taken for granted as reality. It does not require additional verification over and beyond its simple presence. It is simply there, as self-evident and compelling facticity. I know that it is real. [...]” “everybody knows”
  20. 20. How can you make for the Paramount Universe if you don’t agree with it?
  21. 21. The Paramount Universe isn’t challenged if routines remain the same
  22. 22. Can Paramount Universe works do good?
  23. 23. “Reality is for people who lack imagination” Hayao Miyazaki
  24. 24. “the world of everyday life proclaims itself and, when I want to challenge the proclamation, I must engage in a deliberate, by no means easy effort.”
  25. 25. UNIVERSE METAMORPHOSES
  26. 26. Lana & Lilly Wachowski’s “The Matrix”
  27. 27. ROD STERLING’S “THE TWILIGHT ZONE”
  28. 28. James Baldwin’s “The Fire Next Time” Jordan Peele’s “Get Out”
  29. 29. CHRIS CRAWFORD’S ”BALANCE OF POWER”
  30. 30. GONZALO FRASCA’S “SEPTEMBER 12th”
  31. 31. MOLLEINDUSTRIA’S “UNMANNED”
  32. 32. Lucas Pope’s “Papers, Please”
  33. 33. Lucas Pope’s “Papers, Please” Creatrix Tiara, Charlotte Tan & Patrick Laban “Here’s Your Fuckin’ Papers”
  34. 34. Anna Anthropy’s “Dys4ia”
  35. 35. INFINITE FALL’S “NIGHT IN THE WOODS”
  36. 36. TILTFACTOR’S “BUFFALO GAME”
  37. 37. Business Model for Reality Metamorphoses?
  38. 38. UNIVERSE MAINTENANCE “puts everything in it’s right place” “return to reality” “Institutional conduct and roles = primacy in the hierarchy of human experience”
  39. 39. Legitimization = explain & justify GLU GAMES’ “KIM KARDASHIAN: HOLLYWOOD”
  40. 40. UNITED STATES ARMY’S “AMERICA’S ARMY”
  41. 41. TRUMP’S “MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN” “puts everything in it’s right place” “return to reality” (Associated Press) “It should not surprise us, then, that a profound affinity exists between those with an interest in maintaining established power positions and the personnel administering monopolistic traditions of universe- maintenance.”
  42. 42. https://twitter.com/FergusonNews/status/1035255624999694336 Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words are incantations.
  43. 43. UNIVERSE CREATION The difference here, is that rather than aiming your creations towards maintaining or changing existing realities, you’re co-creating a new social reality.
  44. 44. AARON SORKIN’S “WEST WING” You can only stretch your imagination as far as your have personally stretched your inner world.
  45. 45. THE WACHOWSKI’S “SENSE8”
  46. 46. REBECCA SUGAR’S “STEVEN UNIVERSE”
  47. 47. Kim Boekbinder’s “Fractal”
  48. 48. THATGAMECOMPANY’S “JOURNEY”
  49. 49. DAVID O’RIELLY’S “EVERYTHING”
  50. 50. FRED ROGERS’ “MISTER ROGERS’ NEIGHBOURHOOD” MORGAN NEVILLE’S “WON’T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOUR” MARIELLE HELLER’S “YOU ARE MY FRIEND”
  51. 51. FRED ROGERS’ “MISTER ROGERS’ NEIGHBOURHOOD” MORGAN NEVILLE’S “WON’T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOUR” MARIELLE HELLER’S “YOU ARE MY FRIEND”
  52. 52. Universe Creation requires you to choose your words and deeds.
  53. 53. Tru Luv’s “#SelfCare” The first step to creating a universe is creating yourself. We stare into the alchemical cauldron and see our interior world. It is there that new pathways, new lands are created.
  54. 54. LIFE CLIPBOARD QUESTIONS 1) Why is it I don’t find many AAA, double AA and Hollywood studios appealing to work in, despite the great talent and resources? 2) How can I help others understand/ justify why I turn down working with some great clients and companies? 3) Do you really have to make one kind of project for a mass market? 4) What other ways can the core essence of a creative project be understood? 5) Do I, and others, do harm with the projects we create? 6) Can creative projects really change the world? 7) Can I, can you, change the world, now?

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