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Shapes and Ladders is a video game that shows how systemic racism and sexism can exist in the workplace. Set in the metaphor of a career ladder, players attempt to navigate through an office building rife with challenges.

Players can play as a circle, square, or triangle, for which game mechanics have been designed to reflect real life inequalities different populations face (ie, a circle is more likely to encounter workplace sexual assault, and has access to fewer coins).

The video game is designed to allow players to cultivate empathy through a first person simulation of structural inequality. It is our hope that these insights can inspire players to spark change in real life.

will you be able to reach
the top of the corporate ladder?

Shapes & Ladders