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Digital Art: November 2012 Archives

Video game takes players on emotional journey

papo1.jpgLike many video games, there are battles in Papo & Yo. But these are battles of the heart.

Papo & Yo was recently released by Montreal studio Minority Media. (Available for Sony Playstation.)

The the game is directly inspired by the childhood experiences of creative director Vander Caballero.

Caballero says this is the first ever "autobiographical" video game.

In Papo & Yo, Quico, a young boy living in a South American shanty town trys to help his friend Monster, who is addicted to frogs.

Whenever Monster eats a frog, he becomes are real beast.

Monster is metaphor for Caballero's father, and the frog addiction represents his alcoholism.

Players are taken on an emotional ride as they get a sense of what it can be like to grow up with an alcoholic parent.

Listen to Jeanette's interview with Vander Caballero.

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Legends of Kahnawake come alive in video game

stonegiant.jpgOral storytelling is a long-held tradition in the Mohawk community of Kahnawake.

Now, young people have translated some of those stories into interactive video games.

Skahiòn:hati Rise of the Kanien'kehá:ka Legends is produced by the Skins Aboriginal Storytelling Workshop.

Jason Lewis is the co-director. Listen to his interview with Jeanette:

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