Texas artist Gonzalo Alvarez is hoping to point out simply how perilous crossing the border could be via a online game.
The 23-year-old illustrator and game designer lately launched his artwork set up “Borders,” which contains a retro arcade-style sport that challenges gamers to outlive the cruel situations and obstacles many immigrants face when crossing the U.S.-Mexico border.
“The political marketing campaign of final 12 months introduced out lots of xenophobic hate in the direction of [undocumented] and authorized immigrants, so I began enjoying with the concept of individuals simulating crossing the border via a online game,” Alvarez informed The Huffington Submit. “I started exploring and researching indie video games and ‘Papers, Please,’ a sport the place you play as a border patrol agent, was one which struck me probably the most via its political and ethical commentary. This sport impressed me to create one thing from the other perspective, that of the immigrant.”
Alvarez’s dad and mom each crossed the border and have shared tales of the journey with him over time. The artist used their experiences to design his online game.
“I hope that to begin with individuals can start to see video video games as greater than only a commodity or senseless leisure, and extra as a real creative medium of expression,” he mentioned. “The second agenda was to hopefully have individuals take this expertise and have the ability to empathize with immigrants.”
The illustrator additionally mentioned that “as a dwelling testomony” of the work and battle of his immigrant dad and mom, he hoped individuals may see the “advantages immigrants’ youngsters can present to America.”
Within the sport, gamers should efficiently keep away from border patrol and “los moscos” (the flies), what his dad and mom referred to as helicopters, plus acquire water jugs to stave off dehydration.
Alvarez says the extra individuals play the sport, which can be downloaded for free online, the extra gamers will perceive the message he’s attempting to get throughout.
“The sport contains a mechanic the place a skeleton is completely left behind on the map within the location a participant dies,” he informed HuffPost. “As of now, there are over 600 skeletons littered throughout the desert of the sport, skeletons of those that have performed and sadly didn’t make it. I hope that seeing all these skeletons of lots of of different gamers will help put in perspective the lots of of lives which are misplaced to the Mexican desert.”