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Preserving Mexico’s Tarahumara Tribal Culture Through Video Games

The Rarámuri tribe, one of Mexico’s oldest, sees its culture and mythology digitized in a forthcoming video game.

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It’s estimated that there are just under 100,000 Tarahumara, or as they’re alternately known, Rarámuri peoples left on Earth. One of Mexico’s oldest surviving native tribes, the Tarahumara are primarily known for their incredible prowess at long distance running. Less commonly known is the Rarámuri’s unique cultural history, rich belief system, and robust mythology. While some Tarahumara have integrated into city life, most still live their tribe’s traditionally agrarian, largely insular lifestyle, in spite of threats to their ancestral Sierra Madre home from mining, deforestation, and Mexico’s ongoing drug wars. It might seem odd, then, that video games would be the appropriate platform for learning more about these incredible people, but it’s that very medium a team of game designers has chosen for sharing ancient Rarámuri culture with the wider world.

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These Game Developers are Honoring Leelah Alcorn Through the Medium She Loved

Inspired by Leelah Alcorn, #JamForLeelah is exploring trans identity in gaming (and they want your help!)

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In late December, Leelah Alcorn, a transgender teenager from Ohio, ended her life. Before doing so, she scheduled a heartbreaking letter to be published online later that day. In her suicide note, Alcorn—whose conservative Christian parents had rejected her transgender identity—described the unbearable pain she felt, trapped between who she knew she was, and how she was treated by those around her. “The only way I will rest in peace is if one day transgender people aren't treated the way I was, they're treated like humans, with valid feelings and human rights” wrote Leelah, who later implored: “My death has to mean something.”

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Fate of the World: The Video Game That Lets You Solve Global Warming

Watch the trailer for and order the much-anticipated video game that challenges you to solve climate change.


Last fall I wrote about Fate of the World, a new video game in development at the time that asked players to figure out how to avoid the worst fates of climate change and secure a livable future for our planet's citizens.

The game is available today. (For PC only, alas. The Mac version is still under construction.) Better still, if you buy it before Thursday, March 3rd, all proceeds will benefit TckTckTck, a very important global coalition of NGOs working together to combat climate change.

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