So remember a few months back… that Portland indie video game that blew up? You know, the one where you play a black woman swatting folks away from uninvitedly touching your hair? No. You got that right. The whitest city in the United States was home to the launch of one of the most viral games of 2017. Which just happened to be one that focused on a common and annoying plight of black women.
Video games hold a great deal of potential for engaging folks on a variety of different levels. But, to be honest, that potential is often squandered. So that’s why it’s incredibly refreshing to see other uses for the medium—like effectively communicating the emotions and frustrations of others. Take Hair Nah, a online game from Portland’s Momo Pixel that provides insight into a common annoyance for black people: uninvited hair touching.