The Street Arcade Games
Social issue games as a platform for dialogue
The Street Arcade games were created through a collaboration between 13 teen artists and Plug-In Studio co-founders Steve Ciampaglia and Kerry Richardson. The games were originally intended to be played at the Street Arcade event, where the teen artists directly engaged community members in discussions about the issues. Buy you can play them online--click on the icons below to load a game in your browser.
Learn more about the project here.
NO WAY OUT
"Every time I watch a horror movie or an action movie, I notice that the black guy always dies first. Sometimes for no good reason at all. I see it as a representation of real life, as we don't have the opportunities to survive or be successful. I wanted to explore that and see why that was."
NERD NEEDS HELP
"There's always bullying going on in different schools, and there's people dying--killing themselves--over this. It needs to stop. So, if you play a game about it...it can spread a message to just stop this."
NOT GOOD ENOUGH
"The name of my game is Not Good Enough and the reason it is called that...you have to play the game as both characters to get to the definition of the title. Really the message is in the game."
WANTS VS. NEEDS
"As a kid, myself, I really struggled to save money but now that I'm older...I kinda developed the habit to say, 'Hey I don't have to spend this dollar right away.' My game is about the challenges of choosing the things that you might want over things that you need."
"Prejudice can lead to harming someone because you get the wrong idea about them--something that's not even true."
"I was interested in the fact that a lot of teens choose the wrong things because of their friends or because of peer pressure, and a lot of people don't tell them, 'It's your choice.' They don't know they have a choice to not do something if they don't want to."
"Kids my age today battle obesity because [things like] social media target them the most."
CAN YOU SERVE AND PROTECT?
"I am African American and I see on the news how the police are killing my kind. It kind of hurts me and I want to just change that to make a better world, for not only my community, but for everybody else."
and Jayla Samuels
"The school we come from, there are a lot of different kids trying different things to fit in...to the cliques that already exist. But those people [in those cliques] shouldn't decide to be friends with them because of the things they bring in [from home]. It's wrong. They should just accept that person for who they are."
BLACK IN CHICAGO
THE GREATE ESCAPE
"In order to get along, it's a good thing to embrace other people. So to prevent them through locking them out of your country and making it extremely hard to cross the border struck me as an important social issue."
"Let's be honest. Teenagers are stupid. They want to drink and hang with the wrong people. But you could hang with the right people, get a good score on the ACT and have a bright future."