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Games Diversity [clear filter]
Friday, December 11
 

2:00pm

We Need More Diverse Games, How To Get There?
-Why it's important to have representation
-What games are doing this well
-What games aren't doing this well
-Diverse games mean X to me
What we're doing to improve that diversity or lack thereof

Moderators
avatar for Tanya DePass

Tanya DePass

Founder, I Need Diverse Games

Speakers
avatar for Gil Almogi

Gil Almogi

Writer
I've played video games most of my life, but I've only been writing about them for a few years proceeding a small mid-life crisis. I also like cats and food.
avatar for Arthur Chu

Arthur Chu

A lifelong video game enthusiast who now makes a living writing about race, politics, and geek culture
avatar for Katherine Cross

Katherine Cross

Gamasutra
Katherine Cross is a gaming critic, sociologist, and feminist scholar who studies virtual worlds, particularly gender and the dynamics of online harassment. Her academic work has been published in Women's Studies Quarterly and in Loading: The Journal of the Canadian Games Studies... Read More →
avatar for Tanya DePass

Tanya DePass

Founder, I Need Diverse Games
avatar for Rachel Keslensky

Rachel Keslensky

UX Designer, Last Res0rt Studios
UX Designer + Comic Book Illustrator.
avatar for DJ Kirkland

DJ Kirkland

Comic Book Artist, OniPress
I'm the artist on the upcoming monthly comic series 'BLACK MAGE' published by OniPress. I work in Social Media and Community Management in the gaming industry as well!


Friday December 11, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm
GX Ballroom 1 Marriott - Salon I + II
 
Saturday, December 12
 

12:00pm

Diversity In Games - What's Next?
In this panel we will explore what developers can do to include all types of players. We will also encourage open discussion with the audience to learn how the community feels the industry needs to change to make a more inclusive generation of games.

Moderators
avatar for Mathew Anderson

Mathew Anderson

Community Manager, Six Foot
Mathew "Berek" Anderson is currently a lead community manager at Six Foot studio in Houston, TX. Mathew began at Six Foot shortly after the game division was formed. For the past 15 years Mathew has led community programs from the ground up, including managing teams to develop community... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Mathew Anderson

Mathew Anderson

Community Manager, Six Foot
Mathew "Berek" Anderson is currently a lead community manager at Six Foot studio in Houston, TX. Mathew began at Six Foot shortly after the game division was formed. For the past 15 years Mathew has led community programs from the ground up, including managing teams to develop community... Read More →
avatar for Tanya DePass

Tanya DePass

Founder, I Need Diverse Games
avatar for David Gaider

David Gaider

Senior Writer, BioWare EA
David has worked as both a writer and designer for BioWare since 1999, on such titles as Baldur's Gate 2, Knights of the Old Republic, and Neverwinter Nights. He then acted as Lead Writer on the hit Dragon Age, including Dragon Age: Origins, Dragon Age 2, and most recently Dragon... Read More →
avatar for Donna Prior

Donna Prior

Executive Director, OrcaCon
OrcaCon is a tabletop games convention, which includes board and card games, role-playing games, and miniatures games. OrcaCon is focused on creating a safe and welcoming space for promoting the tabletop games hobby, supporting diversity in tabletop games, and building a community... Read More →


Saturday December 12, 2015 12:00pm - 1:00pm
GXTalks A Marriott - Salon IV

12:00pm

Passing and My Trans Identity
A exploration of how the nature of Games has allowed one individual to explore identity in a more restrictive culture, with a look at how disabilities intersect with a Trans identity that often has a singular narrative dictated by American pop culture. A look at game characters, LGBTQ+ history, and recent pop culture news will be used to help explore this narrative.

Moderators
Saturday December 12, 2015 12:00pm - 1:00pm
GX Ballroom 2 Marriott - Salon III

6:00pm

Queer Divinities: Diversifying Your Fantasy Religion
Speakers
avatar for Joe Carriker

Joe Carriker

Developer: Blue Rose, Green Ronin Publishing
Joseph Carriker is a game developer for Green Ronin, responsible for the Blue Rose AGE line, as well as working on other games such as Fantasy AGE and the Critical Role: Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting books. He has worked in the gaming industry for over eighteen years, including doing... Read More →
avatar for Lauren Comp

Lauren Comp

Associate Producer, Voltage Entertainment USA
Lauren "Sailor Scooby" Comp. Associate Producer at Voltage Entertainment USA Inc. Hella Queer. All about Story and Character driven narratives.
avatar for Jeremy Crawford

Jeremy Crawford

Wizards of the Coast
Jeremy Crawford is the lead rules designer of Dungeons & Dragons, as well as the game's managing editor. He was the lead designer of the fifth edition "Player’s Handbook" and one of the leads on the "Dungeon Master’s Guide." He has worked on many other D&D books since coming to... Read More →


Saturday December 12, 2015 6:00pm - 7:00pm
GX Ballroom 2 Marriott - Salon III
 
Sunday, December 13
 

10:00am

Gaming and the Performance of Deviant Sexuality
This Panel/Talk is an overview of an in-depth analysis of Square Enix's "Mobius Final Fantasy" as it relates to progressions and double-standards in depictions of sexuality in contemporary gaming. We expand into discussions on the history of queer identity in gaming, drawing parallels between the incident of Mobius Final Fantasy with other contemporary games.

Moderators
avatar for Greg Langner

Greg Langner

California State University, Los Angeles
While teaching Communication Studies at California State University, Los Angeles I work as the Associate Artistic Director of the nearby Mosaic Lizard Theater. There I develop and produce new live performances that directly take inspiration from cartoon animation, gaming, as well... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Jace Keough Allen

Jace Keough Allen

San Francisco State University
Gaymer in SF, working on a master in Communication Studies, with a emphasis on queer content in games.
avatar for Greg Langner

Greg Langner

California State University, Los Angeles
While teaching Communication Studies at California State University, Los Angeles I work as the Associate Artistic Director of the nearby Mosaic Lizard Theater. There I develop and produce new live performances that directly take inspiration from cartoon animation, gaming, as well... Read More →


Sunday December 13, 2015 10:00am - 11:00am
GX Ballroom 2 Marriott - Salon III

11:00am

Creating Characters and Stories with Ethnic Dysphoria
The talk discusses growing up as an adoptee into an ethnically different family and the effect it had and has on a visual artist who is a person of colour growing up in a white household. I'll also be covering the stigma of adoption. 

Moderators
avatar for Leisha-Marie Riddel

Leisha-Marie Riddel

Art Director/Illustrator, guru studio
I'm an art director, illustrator and fan artist. I'm also the creator of #PROJECTSOLACE a graphic novel project, in progress. I'm really into talking about adoption and how its helped me, and I will talk about most issues but you'll have to give me a TW if you want to talk about... Read More →


Sunday December 13, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
GXTalks A Marriott - Salon IV

1:00pm

All Your Culture Are Belong To Us: Appropriation, Erasure and RPG's
You favorite game might be problematic... but it doesn't have to be.  This panel will discuss the strengths and weaknesses of RPG's while pointing out examples of cultural appropriation or erasure.

Moderators
avatar for Mario Raul

Mario Raul

Mario is a Mexican-American healthcare professional, gamer and hobbyist. He hosts a podcast called La Palanca, a light hearted gay gaming podcast in Spanish. He is in interested in health care, queer issues, tech, games and how all of these areas intersect with each other.

Speakers
avatar for Arthur Chu

Arthur Chu

A lifelong video game enthusiast who now makes a living writing about race, politics, and geek culture
avatar for Tanya DePass

Tanya DePass

Founder, I Need Diverse Games
avatar for Donna Prior

Donna Prior

Executive Director, OrcaCon
OrcaCon is a tabletop games convention, which includes board and card games, role-playing games, and miniatures games. OrcaCon is focused on creating a safe and welcoming space for promoting the tabletop games hobby, supporting diversity in tabletop games, and building a community... Read More →
avatar for Mario Raul

Mario Raul

Mario is a Mexican-American healthcare professional, gamer and hobbyist. He hosts a podcast called La Palanca, a light hearted gay gaming podcast in Spanish. He is in interested in health care, queer issues, tech, games and how all of these areas intersect with each other.


Sunday December 13, 2015 1:00pm - 2:00pm
GXTalks A Marriott - Salon IV