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Vol. 9 No. 1 (2023): Paradise Lost. Presentation of Nostalgic Longing in Digital Games

“Giving Back”: An Interview With Video Game Designer Ken Wong, by Frank Bosman and Alexander D. Ornella

November 18, 2022


In this interview conducted by issue editors Frank Bosman and Alexander D. Ornella in August 2022, Ken Wong discusses the relationship between video game design, video game aesthetics, religious imagery, and cultural storytelling. He discusses how (secularized) religious tropes, ideas, and images can become part of the game design and the story of the game, sometimes consciously, sometimes unconsciously. He discusses how the ideas of “giving back”, of atonement, and forgiveness can become elements of successful and very well received video games.