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Friday, December 11 • 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Creating a Queer Game: The Story and Mechanics Behind Diverse Development

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Mata and Joe discuss the creation processes of their games.

Their works are very different, and they will discuss how they feel that they have addressed sexuality and gender in their own way, what they feel is important in a game outside of a heteronormative mode, and how they feel making a queer game has (or has not) affected their development choices.  

There will also be discussion of how accessible tools have helped change approaches to game design inclusion and game mechanics.

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Mata Haggis

Assoc. Professor of Creative & Entertainment Games, NHTV University / Copper Stone Sea
Prof. Mata Haggis is a game & narrative designer and researcher who has worked in creative media for 15 years, including writing animations for MTV2 Europe and games design for Electronic Arts. He is Associate Professor of Creative & Entertainment Games at NHTV University in The Netherlands. He regularly travels to speak about various aspects of games development, storytelling, and diversity awareness. | | Outside of work he is collaborating... Read More →
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Joe Ortega

Founder & Head of Development, Salsa Bear Studios
Joe is the Founder and Head of Development for Salsa Bear Studios. He has a BS in Game and Simulation Programming from DeVry Universty Fremont campus. Joe is currently the Lead Developer for Tando Productions, working on ARG Zombies R.E. (http://www.argzombies.com) A GPS-powered open-world RPG. He is also working to build the world of Grizzly Bay. While also designing and developing the first title, Welcome to Grizzly Bay. | | Joe returns to... Read More →

Friday December 11, 2015 3:00pm - 4:00pm
GX Ballroom 1 Marriott - Salon I + II

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