Extra Credits: Global Games Brazil

This week, we begin a series on the potential for game industry growth in new regions around the world. First up: Brazil!

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  • Awesome video! What are some other regions you would like to go over? Maybe you could go over Israel (or maybe the middle east in general), because that is currently a place lacking in game developers and game sales despite some places having very advanced technology (in Israel and United Arab Emirates).

    Because Much of the Stricter and Stronger Islamic Law is against or outright forbids them for they will distract you form "gods guidance" they have also been labeled a harm to their way of life.

    Granted that doesn't stop them from buying and playing them but it is still against the law.

  • Because Much of the Stricter and Stronger Islamic Law is against or outright forbids them for they will distract you form "gods guidance" they have also been labeled a harm to their way of life.

    Granted that doesn't stop them from buying and playing them but it is still against the law.

    I understand your point, but that doesn't necessarily apply to all the countries there, and most countries there (while having strict video gaming laws) don't outright ban games. In fact, if you look at the banned games list Israel has no banned games, Iran only has one banned game (this really shocked me, I assumed it had more), Turkey has no banned games, Saudi Araba has a few banned games (however it is not enforced), and UAE surprisingly has a lot of banned games (I just assumed since they had Dubai that they wouldn't be that strict on gaming).

    Those are just a few of the Middle Easter countries though. If you are wondering about Iraq, Iraq just doesn't plain have video games despite no laws being against them. Especially for countries like Israel and UAE which have very advanced technology, gaming is within their grasps and they could even open gaming up to new concepts and ideas. On top of this, most countries there have very rich cultures from a variety of races and religions.

  • Nac and I are Argentinians, and we have as much native american in our culture as in the states.

    We are not Russia nor China in the terms of acient history. Our culture is a local branching of the culture in continental europe (especially from Spain and Italy). But, that's not the same as saying "we don't have a local culture".

    For example, in comparison with the states:

    We are more family-centric. There isn't an "american college experience", we live with our parents up until we can support ourselves with a job (fulltime, from 9am to 6pm). There are no "student loans". We are ~50 millon people tops, with only 3 major cities, moving between cities is not as common.

    We had military dictatorships, the latter one ending in '83 with the horrible malvinas/falklands war. We had very extreme political changes in shorts amouts of time, so we are more extreme in our political views (communism and facism are still present).

    Most of the people goes to local public universities that are independent by law, but are maintained financially by the state. Some of them are considered the best in the country, so they have extreme sink-or-swim policies (there isn't an admission process, only filter classes and entrance exams that regulate the volume of students by either increasing or reducing difficulty). Most of us gets a fulltime job 2 or 3 years before graduation. You need to "declare your mayor" the moment you apply for college, if you want to change you must basically start over. Law, Medicine and Engineering are "especial" 5-7 years professional degrees, you don't need an "undergraduate" (it's "included" in a way).

    There is more poverty. Real poor people, like families that eat from the thrash. We have slums. It's not as bad as in other countries, but it's still bad. If you go downtown it's almost imposible not to see an example of extreme poverty, like somebody collecting cardboard boxes to sell them for cents or a woman with a kid asking for money in a corner. This influences how we approach materialism and happiness.

    Work opportunities are less diverse than in the states. Educated people that don't have skills in those few areas either learn them to get a job, or need to migrate to other countries. Migration is a big thing, something a lot of the educated middle-class aspire to.

    As well as most of the world, we grew up with as much, and maybie even more, TV/Movies from the US than local. This constant idea of a "better place out there", to the point of idealizing the US and Europe, creates local tension ("we suck, why can't we be a 'serious' country? Fuck everybody, I'm out of here.") and fuels the migration dreams.

    Those are things from the top of my head. For better or worse, all those things mold us and our culture in the way it is.

  • You know, I recall MovieBob saying in an episode of the Game Overthinker that he's excited to see what comes from the gaming scene in South or Central America... and after this episode, I have to ask... What IS going on in the gaming scene there? What kind of games are coming from there, exactly?

    You know what else? When I hear people complain about taxes or high prices, and then I hear about how much things cost in other countries, I think about how well off I am for living in the US and how grateful I am for that.

    OH, I saw a Sega Genesis, in-box, at my local Rite Aid (convenience store/pharmacy)... It had a different controller and different look, but it was still clearly a Sega Genesis... It weird me out to think that there are still Sega Genesis's... Genesi? ...being made today. I'd go back and play mine if it weren't a bitch to set up!

    Geez, with all these barriers, I have to wonder why this is considered to be a new fresh start? Also, what kind of games are being made there, anyway? Hopefully he'll get to that...

    Okay, big size means a lot of potential... I get that, but unless people are actively seeking to have a legitimate gaming experience, nothing's going to get done. As optimistic as Dan sounds, I feel like that's not about to happen soon. Or maybe it will, maybe enough people care about the Industry to really try and create a gaming industry there.

    EA, being a hero? HA, that I'd like to see! ...Actually, I really would like to see that, but I really freaking doubt it'll do anything that won't end up sucking them off in the end.

    So... Does ANYONE have any examples of games that are made in Brazil?

  • Well, aside of what wikipedia can tell about Braziland Argentina, as far as I've heard the broad of games currently developed "down here" (as in South America) are mobile games, some flash games and outsourced development in the software factory model. Hopefully bigger and bigger titles will start to appear and we'll draw attention to this part of the world in that regard, some work is already being done in that direction (I'm pretty excited about the success of the kickstarter campaing for assylum).

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