Games can be more than mere entertainment. In our column Alt+Home, intermedia artist Kent Sheely explores the ways independent developers are challenging the status quo, creating brand new experiences, and making a difference in the world.
Nostalgia is an incredible force of nature. It drives people to collect Star Wars figurines, binge through Quantum Leap on Netflix, and sing along with old Christmas carols in their local supermarket. Longing for the feeling of things remembered drives the film industry to churn out dozens of blockbuster movies every year that are reimagined and “upgraded” renditions of classics, presented using the latest technologies, aiming to give their target audience some semblance of the warm feelings they remember from their younger days. These are known, of course, as “remakes.”