A cat wearing a hijab (an Islamic headscarf) boards the subway on her daily commute. What interactions await her over the course of her commute, and how does she react to them?
This is a short-form point and click game for #ResistJam, and briefly explores the topics of diversity, inclusiveness, tolerance, racism, bigotry, sexism, Islamophobia, and homophobia.
Urban subways are a petri-dish of society. Diverse elements are forced into a confined space. This game explores what it is like to be on the receiving end of hate speech, and asks the question of what do we do when hate speech happens to us and to others.
To be clear: This is not a game about religion or theology. It's set in a game world populated by cute anthropomorphic cats! The game's goal is to help the player explore what it is like to be a victim of discrimination and hate speech, and also see the choices/consequences we have when we are bystanders witnessing hate speech/crimes being committed.
I would have liked to include more different vignettes to put the player into the shoes of other characters facing or witnessing discrimination or hate speech. The cat in the hijab was only supposed to be one of the vignettes, but there is only so much time during a 1-week jam, and I probably spent too much time on research and aesthetics.
Controls: Simple Point and Click
Move: Click at where you want to walk. Arrow Keys or WASD keys work too.
Interact: Left click on what you want to interact with. You'll see a different cursor for items that you can interact with.
Choices: In conversations, click on your desired response before the hourglass runs out.
NYC Subway Train by Gorgisound (CC0), Tracks icon by Bybzee from the Noun Project, Speech Bubble icon by Curve from the Noun Project, Cardenio Modern font by Nils Cordes
Subway bystander vignette responses inspired by:
Maeril's illustrated guide for bystanders of Islamophobic harrassment
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