Created by Macua Studios.
Borders is a political art game created not only to exhibit video games as an art form, but to portray the dangers Mexican immigrants face in order to give the next generation a better future. Players attempt to cross the border while avoiding La Migra (border patrol) and staying hydrated. The place where every player dies is permanently recorded into the video game’s world, represented by a skeleton. This universal symbol communicates where players should be careful as well as simulates the large death toll claimed by Mexico’s desert. The game was publicly installed in Southeast Texas at Lamar University’s Sol Gallery to utilize this feature with the public and make a statement.
Gonzalo Alvarez’s parents immigrated over to the US and would tell him stories of their journey that inspired this game. Running away from La Migra, staying hydrated, and avoiding “El Mosquo” the nickname for the helicopter, were all things they had to overcome to give him the opportunity to live in America. This game came to be out of wanting others to realize the dangers immigrants face everyday in trying to give a future generation the opportunity to succeed. The artist is a living testament of that statement.
Through an Art Installation created by the artist, BORDERS received coverage in local, national and international media because of its relevant content and themes. This has lead to its invitation to Sheffield Doc/ Fest, the 3rd largest international documentary film festival in the world, and IndieCade’s Showcase at E3, the largest video game trade show in the world.
Borders was released on July 4th, 2016 and installed publically on Feb 13th 2017. The game was made in a 7 day long gamejam with two first time game developers, Gonzalo and Jon, and 1 veteran, Genaro.
Gonzalo Alvarez – Artist, Creative Director, Art Direction, Animator, Game Designer
Jon DiGiacomo – Engineer, Level Designer
Genaro Vallejo Reyes – Game,Level, and Sound Designer
Special Thanks to Eric Skiff and Desto for providing royalty free music used for this game!