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Michael Block      

Founder and Software Engineer at Culture Shock Games

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We Are Chicago makes you confront tough choices to survive in a poor neighborhood

After four years of development, Culture Shock Games is launching the We Are Chicago adventure game on Steam for the Windows PC. Built by a diverse team in the Windy City, the game is unlike other in its realistic portrayal of what it’s like to grow up on the south and west sides of Chicago...

In video game about Chicago violence, players win through empathy, not guns

Chicago's bloodshed has been well chronicled by journalists, musicians and filmmakers aiming to understand its perpetrators and victims. Now this mission has shifted to a new medium...

BGN Interview: Michael Block of We Are Chicago

We Are Chicago is an unusual game whose time has come. From my own brushes with the game at PAX East, I’ve come to the conclusion that, at its core, it’s less of a “walking-simulator” than a “living-simulator.” This seems in line with what the folks at Culture Shock Games are trying to deliver in their finished product: a pair of digital shoes, a series of interesting choices both large and small, and a detailed world that is far removed from fantasy...

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