Kanye West presidency 2020 and gaming.

babfdIt’s not news anymore that we are seeing ‘Kanye West presidency 2020′. Bold statements such as dying for the art and how to not control our kids with brands, that we’re not gonna teach low self esteem to our kids.  But, what does that mean for us? I mean, the gaming community. What does the Kanye West presidency deliver to us?

“I WILL DIE FOR THE ART, AND FOR WHAT I BELIEVE IN”, He shouts, standing taller than he intended. 

After doing a bit of research I ran into a few interesting posts regarding Kanye and gaming. For example, I’ve stumble upon an image of Beyonce and Kanye playing Connect 4.  pic285974Although Connect 4 is one of the godfathers of classic boardgaming, this doesn’t necessarily mean he wouldn’t be open minded to play more tabletop games such as Dominion or Carcassone. Whether you consider Connect 4 the casual gamers gate-way or a fun boardgame for the young geeks; it could potentially speak volumes. But of course, we need more information.

I would mention Kim Kardasion buying Kanye a custom Monopoly boardgame but I think I can do better than that.

That is when I ran into this post about Kanye West developing a video game. It’s a game about the player (us) guiding Kanyes mother to the highest gates of heaven. Although this may sound very abstract to most, remember, videogames are more of an art than they are entertainment now-a-days. Don’t get me wrong, videogames are the medium between entertainment and interaction. But, I believe it’s safe to say, we are finding the abnormalities in gaming and having them interact with us. We are a million miles from where we were when games started. With games like Pac Man to our favorite Italian Plumber doing everything but that to collect the most points possible before reaching the flag pole ending. We are breaching barriers from our classic sidescrollers and finding sky as the limit with cinematic sequences, impressive narrative, and incredibly immersive graphics.  But on top of developer breakthroughs, we are in an indie game reinassance with abstraction leading some of the highest grossed independent titles, such as Limbo, Monaco, and Five Nights at Freddies. But is there more to this abstraction that can shed light on the weird development from Kanye?

I feel we can dive deeper than those high hitting videogames and push our comfort zone out to even trippier states of art. For example, The Graveyard is a game about leading an elderly women through a graveyard. For the sake of a second example, Flower a game where you lead a pedal through the skies. So how does this tie into Kanye?

Kanye West is a man of art. It’s depicted in his latest album Yeezus, defining a new genre of hip hop by heavy chord progression and reinventing the lyrical process of rapping. It’s seen in his interest in animes such as Akira and Bleach; producing an anime for his yeezy bear. So what I quoted earlier by Kanye, “I will die for the art, and for what I believe in”, may potentially state he is there for us, gamers, developers, connoisseurs, writers, producers… Or maybe I’m playing way too into this idea. But what do you think? kanye west presidency 2020?


Joseph Nicholas

Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Indietabletop. Communication major. Favorite mechanics include: Bluffing and Deduction, modular boards, and action point allowance. Favorite video game genres are Rpgs, Puzzles games, and Sim/Tycoons.