Sundance Watch: ‘Repurposed’ games featured in New Frontiers

Continuing our look into the Sundance Film Festival, we are excited to see what comes from Sundance’s New Frontiers, a part of the festival dedicated to new ways to present narratives. Even the ubiquitous James Franco has had his hand in it. 

One of such projects comes from Italian-based Molleindustria, makers of controversial games such as Oligarchy and McDonald’s Videogame, is a “team of artists, designers and programmers that aims at starting a serious discussion about social and political implications of videogames,” according to their site. They have brought several of their games to the festival, one of which is “Unmanned,” a piece whereby the player mans a drone aircraft over a war zone while conversing with a spouse back home in the suburbs. They bring a handful of other politically charged games to the festival as well. 

If you’re lucky enough to be in Park City this week, make time for these games and more at Sundance New Frontiers. 

-Lyndsey Edelman