Power to the People

Let my people make games!

In game development, and tech at large, there can be a strong top-down, knowledge-hoarding, “meritocracy"-worshipping culture. “Only those who really know what they’re doing are allowed to make things,” the logic goes.

Of course, this is racist, sexist, bigoted baloney that leads to racist, sexist, and bigoted games. And who wants to play more of those??

Luckily, as a nonprofit professional working for peace and freedom, you have the power to reverse this dynamic! You can return the means of production to the masses.

You don’t need a fancy degree or title to make a game.

You don’t need me to tell you how to make a game.

For starters, it’s no longer necessary to know how to code to make a video game. Thanks to modern technology, you can make a game (or a bunch of games!) for free, with just a laptop and the volunteers and staff you have, in just a few days. Heck, with some paper, markers, and scissors, you could make some awesome tabletop games today!

So if you’re feeling discouraged that a videogame is out of reach for your organization, buck up!

You can do it, and tomorrow we’ll start talking about how. Until then though, get excited about taking back the power of play into your own hands.

-Sam

p.s. Great further reading: Rise of the Videogame Zinesters by Anna Anthropy