Shapes and Ladders: Battles of Bias & Bureaucracy

Shapes and Ladders: Battles of Bias & Bureaucracy

Ani Liu
United States
2021

Set in the metaphor of a career ladder, players attempt to navigate through an office building. Players can play as a circle, square, or triangle, for which game mechanics have been designed to reflect real life inequalities. Players do not choose their shape - they are born into it, but some shapes are more likely to contract COVID or have a deadly encounter with the police, or be victim of sexual assault. All the while, players must find health insurance, earn enough coins to maintain quality of life, and pay off student loans.

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