We Are Chicago
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Developer: Culture Shock Games
Genre: Interactive Story
Explore the life of Aaron growing up on Chicago's south side as you find out who to trust and how to stay safe. Over the course of a week you must stand up to violence, grow closer to your family and friends, and discover more about yourself and the world around you.
We Are Chicago is based on in-depth first person interviews that are interwoven into the game's story. We have worked tirelessly to understand and accurately portray the nuances of the characters’ relationships and struggles.
We Are Chicago - Launch Trailer
For better and worse, We Are Chicago dares to spend as much time on life's tinier moments as its most dramatic ones. That balance isn't always maintained successfully: Blunt dialogue often undercuts the power of otherwise understated scenes. But the combination of the two still gave me a broader, better perspective of what life is really like on the South Side.
Despite everything I've said, I still think We Are Chicago should be given credit for tackling some touch subject matter. It isn't successful, but hopefully Culture Shock learns from its first attempt and really hones in on the strengths that gaming has to offer. Much like how Depression Quest sought to inform gamers about a topic many never thought about, We Are Chicago is noble in its efforts to educate gamers on poverty and inner-city life.