After last week’s Playing History debacle, a new game featuring the subject of slavery has arisen. I’m Joshua’s teaser trailer went live last night and is in stark contrast to Playing History’s silly, child-friendly tone. Rather, I’m Joshua almost looks like a Telltale game, or even older Lucasarts titles. If you’ve not guessed, it’s a point-and-click adventure game that is set in the United States during the 19th century. The game doesn’t have a release date yet, but it’s set to release in three parts so hopefully its missteps will be few and far between (when dealing with the subject of slavery in any medium, one must tread lightly.)

That said, video games have barely touched on the subject. Slavery’s clearly not an impossible thing to tackle – literally all other forms of media have used it and done so tactfully and to great effect. According to screenshots and the available trailer, I’m Joshua looks to be more Roots where Playing History was more Brother Future. Things could go either way, though – I’m Joshua developer Dysotek is moving into uncharted territory with this release. Their history is pretty colorful, but as far as I can tell it doesn’t include anything with the kind of narrative focus that Joshua has and that makes this all the more interesting to follow.


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