Navid Khonsari wants to make honest video games. Not just games that say something about the world, but games that draw on real events and bring a documentary approach to an interactive experience. 1979 Revolution: Black Friday, the first title from his studio, iNK Stories, distills what was a pivotal event for the world and for Khonsari into a short, emotionally resonant game. “The 1979 Iranian Revolution is a defining moment in the twentieth century,” he says. “The rifts it started define what the Middle East is now and what the West is. At the same time, nobody’s actually talking about the experience of the people during those times. The moral decisions: who do you protect, who don’t you protect?”

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