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Independent Games Summit: 'Atuel': How We Made a Surrealist Documentary Video Game


Atuel is a surrealist documentary videogame about a river that flows across Argentina's Cuyo Desert and how the global climate crisis is threatening its historical ecosystem. Created in collaboration with a team of documentarians, featuring real-world interviews with experts, and focusing on dreamlike portrayals of native species and iconic topography, Atuel is a poetic and meditative game that has gone on to win IndieCade's "Innovation in Experience Design Award" and has been exhibited at documentary festivals, art exhibits, and design museums across the world.nnMatajuegos, the game workers' co-op behind the development of Atuel, break down the game's production process, dig into their approach to the documentary genre, and explain the art and design philosophies that made such a hyperlocal Latin American story stand out globally.

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