• Choice: Texas is coming to Different Games

    We’re beyond thrilled to announce that Choice: Texas will be part of the Different Games Arcade in Brooklyn from 6-10 p.m. on April 11, 2014.

    The Friday event is free and open to the public but you have to register here. Saturday’s events, which include conference panels and workshops cost $20 for the whole day; some sliding-scale registration is available dependent upon availability.

    Different Games is an annual student and volunteer-lead conference on diversity and inclusivity in games presented by NYU School of Engineering’s Integrated Digital Media Program in partnership with the Georgia Institute of Technology’s Digital Media Program 

    As game designers, academics, journalists and players operate in separate spheres, we see Different Games as an opportunity to share across and outside of professional boundaries. By presenting games, scholarship and hands-on workshops engaged with issues of diversity and inclusion we seek to build new connections and foster a unique dialogue between artistic, academic and commercial practice. We welcome folks from all corners of the games community invested in games as creative, critical tools and committed to seeing games reflect the complexity, depth and diversity of all involved. 

    We’ll have Latrice and Leah’s stories up and playable for anyone who wants to try them out in person. And, we’re thrilled to be in such excellent company. While we’ve taken bits of the early game to F.R.O.G. 13 in Vienna and SWPACA in Albuquerque, this will be the first time any of the completed stories will be publicly displayed. We hope to see some of y’all there.

  • Choice: Texas has a game trailer! The game’s first launch will be in the next few weeks, and we are so excited. And, to top it off, all Indiegogo perks were shipped as of February 28, 2014.

    And, if you’re jut learning about Choice: Texas, here are the basics:

    Choice: Texas is an educational interactivefiction game addressing reproductive healthcare access in the state of Texas. Players navigate the states reproductive healthcare system trough one of five fictional Texas women. The game’s characters include Latrice, a Houston attorney with a long-term boyfriend, a high-pressure career, and a number of family obligations; Leah, a small-town bartender living with her parents as she saves money and plans for her next steps; Alex, a promising high school student weighing her options for college and trying to live up to her family’s expectations; Jess, a young Austin-area professional looking forward to starting a family with her husband; and Maria, a LVN and mother trying to create comfortable home and future for her children. Each character is a composite, reflecting and combining the real, live experiences of Texans.

    The game is set for release as a free-to-play web game. It is a collaborative development project by game studies scholar and historian Carly Kocurek and writer an activist Allyson Whipple, and it features original illustrations by artist Grace Jennings. Choice: Texas was funded through Indiegogo and built using Twine.

    Please reblog and share widely! We are so excited about the upcoming launch.

  • Quick update

    Perks are shipping! Some of you have probably already gotten yours, and if so, we hope you are enjoying them. The remaining perks will ship in the next two weeks.

    On a less positive note, our initial web designer fell through, so we are facing some delays in production. We are currently working to find  new team member, and we’ll have the game up and running as soon as we can.

    In the meanwhile, Carly will be talking about Choice: Texas as part of the Game Studies, Play, and Practice area at the annual SWPACA meeting.

    We look forward to launching the game as soon as possible. We have most of our assets in place, an we’re definitely itching to get the game out in front of an audience.

  • Perks are starting to ship

    If you backed our IndieGoGo campaign at the Friend level, guess what? Your postcard is in the mail! We’re so excited to start sending out all the neat stuff we’ve put together for our backers — and it’s not just because it’s taking up real estate in Carly’s basement.

    Also, if you backed our campaign at a level that includes a custom illustration (that’s the Benefactor and Sustaining Benefactor levels), please check your e-mail; we need reference images to get your artwork in production.

  • The Choice: Texas postcards have landed! Carly took this picture with her cell phone, and we’ll be bustling to get these in the mail ASAP to our postcard-level supporters. A lot of our other perks are in production, so we hope to have all kinds of things in the mail to our IndieGoGo contributors soon.

    The Choice: Texas postcards have landed! Carly took this picture with her cell phone, and we’ll be bustling to get these in the mail ASAP to our postcard-level supporters. A lot of our other perks are in production, so we hope to have all kinds of things in the mail to our IndieGoGo contributors soon.