“The Oldest Game is a web-based newsgame that explores the complex issue of the legalization of the sex trade in Ontario and Quebec. Drawing inspiration from games such as Budget Hero, in which players learn the parameters of a complex system, and from role-playing games that provoke empathy and identification, “The Oldest Game” focuses on the motivations on the debate over legalized prostitution. This debate has figured prominently the news since 2012, when three prostitution laws that were up for dispute in the Ontario Court of Appeal (ruling made in March 2012). In December 2013, Canadian sex work laws were struck down after being ruled unconstitutional, and a year later, the controversial Bill C-36, written to replace the previous legislation, was signed into law. The Oldest Game seeks to demonstrate the ways in which these recent changes to Canadian law will have an impact on the lives and livelihoods of sex workers.” – The Oldest Game
Steve Wilcox is an assistant professor in the Game Design & Development program at Wilfrid Laurier University where he researches & creates knowledge translation games. He is also the co-founder & former editor-in-chief of First Person Scholar.