This Month: Video Games & Storytelling

August Humanitini 2017

The video game has evolved into a storytelling medium akin to oral tradition, the epic poem, theater, the novel, and cinema. Videogame creators often channel old stories through this new medium in order to connect with a younger audience. Let’s examine the process of moving from story to game.


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Ishmael Angaluuk Hope is a Tlingit and Inupiaq storyteller, poet and scholar who lives in Juneau, Alaska. Notable projects includes serving as the lead writer for Kisima Ingitchuna: Never Alone for E-Line Media and the Cook Inlet Tribal Council; and publishing two poetry books under the Ishmael Reed Publishing Company, Courtesans of Flounder Hill and Rock Piles Along the Eddy. He is raising a family of four children with his wife, Lily Hope, a Tlingit weaver.

Cody Coltharp is the Senior Interactive Designer at the Smithsonian Center of Learning and Digital Access, where he designs games, interactives, and graphics for the Smithsonian Learning Lab platform. In the past, he was the 3D guru and Game Design mentor at ARTLAB+, the Smithsonian’s free, drop-in digital studio for teens, and the Art Director for Green Door Labs.

Drew Robarge is a Museum Specialist in the Division of Medicine and Science at the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of American History. Among his many other duties, he curates the video game collection at the museum. He enjoyed playing RPGs back when time to play video games was bountiful, but now enjoys Indie games and board games and his favorite video game is Chrono Trigger.

Moderator: Pamela S. Perkins


Specializing in Behavioral and Professional Communication Services, Pamela S. Perkins is the Founder, CCO of the Human Communication Institute, LLC and currently an Adjunct Professor of Communication at the University of the District of Columbia Community College. An alumna of UNC-Chapel Hill, New York University, P.S. is the author of the highly acclaimed business self-help book, The Art and Science of Communication: Tools for Effective Communication in the Workplace, by John Wiley & Sons, Inc., as well as a contributing author to the books Laws of Communication, Wiley Publishers. She writes articles on Human Communication for a variety of publications. As a Motivational Speaker and Training Specialist P.S. offers presentations and workshops on the variety of Human Communication topics. She is the moderator of the panel.

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