Open Studio with V&A Videogames Resident Matteo Menapace
Hear Matteo Menapace talk about his practice, play his latest game prototypes and learn how to use games to explore sociopolitical issues that you care about. Then, explore his research and work in progress in his V&A studio.
Matteo Menapace is a technology educator and designer of videogames and board games. Menapace grew up in Italy and spent many afternoons playing videogames as a child. A few years later, he learned to code so that he could cobble together a videogame about Plato’s Cave. He then went on to build digital toys for the BBC and the Science Museum. As a grown-up, Matteo is still obsessed with games, but not your typical kill-everyone-loot-everything type game. He draws inspiration from social issues and current events to make games that provoke what he calls ‘Minimum Playable Dilemmas’: presenting players with uneasy choices that question their ethics. For instance, a game that allows you to explore the impact of your food choices on other people and the living planet.