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Friday, December 11


Cynical Reasons to Diversify Your Cast
There are hundreds of moral and philosophical reasons to increase diversity in your games and development teams. But how do you convince the people who don't care about any of that? How do you use dollar signs, and pragmatic thinking, and slightly gross social engineering to make your game more diverse? Anthony Burch, lead writer of Borderlands 2 and Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, has a few ideas.


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


Make Your Own Damn Game
We've waited long enough for game characters that represent us. Don't keep waiting -- make your own damn game! Rob will show some diverse example games from folks who decided to tell their own personal stories in video game form. You'll also learn about some tools that make it easy to get started. In fact, if all goes well, we'll make a short game during the session! To top it all of, Rob will share his own secret strategies for making great queer games to help jumpstart your own creative ideas.

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Rob Jagnow

Founder & CEO, Lazy 8 Studios
Rob currently works with the Cardboard team at Google prototyping new concepts in virtual reality. He's also the Founder and CEO of Lazy 8 Studios, best known for its award-winning indie games that include Cogs and Extrasolar. In this latter title, which launched in 2014, Rob served... Read More →

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


Not Just A Queer In Gaming
Sometimes when you are a Queer living in the Gaming World that is all anybody ever thinks about when your name comes up. But we all know that there is so much more to each and everyone of us, being Queer is just a small part of that. So its about time that we focus on all the other awesome aspects of some of those big names! Join us as our speakers talk about anything and everything about themeselves, their experiences, and maybe even give some advice. Come check it out and celebrate with us all of the other things that make up these awesome and amazing individuals.

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Gordon Bellamy

CEO, Gay Gaming Professionals
Gordon teaches at USC Games, serves as head of the USC Bridge incubator and USC esports faculty advisor. He has played key business and product leadership roles at Tencent, Electronic Arts, as a designer on Madden NFL Football, and MTV.Gordon serves as the president / CEO of the Gay... Read More →

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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 →
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Molly Jameson

Game Programmer, Anki
Molly Jameson has worked in the game industry as a programmer for over 8 years. She has made a wide variety of games ranging from casual web and mobile games for 40 year old women at Big Fish Games, to web MMOs for kids (Six Degrees Games) to core console games at Insomniac Games... Read More →

Friday December 11, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm
GX Ballroom 2 Marriott - Salon III
Saturday, December 12


The State Of Play
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Linus Larsson

Journalist, author and editor of The State of Play, an anthology of writings on games and gaming culture, featuring Anita Sarkeesian, Ian Bogost, Leigh Alexander, Zoe Quinn, Evan Narcisse and many more. Also tech editor at Swedish daily Dagens Nyheter and author of Minecraft:The... Read More →

Zoe Quinn

Irrelevant Games
Irrelevant Games
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Anita Sarkeesian

Feminist Frequency
Anita Sarkeesian is an award-winning media critic and the creator and executive director of Feminist Frequency, an educational nonprofit that explores the representations of women in pop culture narratives. Her work focuses on deconstructing the stereotypes and tropes associated with... Read More →

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


That One Time I Repeatedly Gave Birth to Fully Grown Wolves, and Other Gay Sex Games That We Deserve
(CONTENT WARNING: in this talk, there will be many sexual images considered "NSFW" / rated R, and a few rather explicit "18+" images, but nothing "hardcore"!... unfortunately, it's impossible to discuss images without seeing them) It is popular for not-straight or not-cis players of games to demand diverse representation from mainstream triple-A games; this is an important and worthwhile fight, but it also essentially maintains the same industry structure that led to our identities' oppressive near-erasure in games. In this keynote session, I'm going to talk about my own work as well as a metric crapload of other gay and queer sex games you probably haven't heard of, made by independent creators working on the margins of the industry -- and basically we made these games because WE ALL DESERVE THESE GAY SEX GAMES, AND WE DESERVE THEM NOW!!!!!!

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Robert Yang

Robert Yang is an indie game developer, academic, and writer, based in New York City. He regularly teaches game development and design within NYU Game Center at New York University, IDM at NYU Poly School of Engineering, and MFADT at Parsons the New School for Design.

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


Voice Acting 103
Join Jennifer Hale, Adam Harrington and Sarah Elmaleh as they talk about the world of voice acting. 

Jennifer Hale is an actress and voice actress best known for her work in video game franchises including Baldur's Gate, Mass Effect, Metroid Prime, Metal Gear Solid, Soulcalibur, Spider-Man, Bioshock Infinite, and Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic. 

Adam Harrington is best known for his voice work in League of Legends and various Telltale Games titles including The Wolf Among us, where he voiced the lead role as Bigby.

Sarah Elmaleh is most known for voicing player-character Katie in Gone Home. She can also be heard in Galak-Z, Redshirt, Gravity Ghost, Resonance, and other critically acclaimed indie games.

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Sarah Elmaleh

Voiceover Artist/Actor
Sarah Elmaleh is most known for voicing player-character Katie in Gone Home. She can also be heard in Galak-Z, Redshirt, Gravity Ghost, Resonance, and other critically acclaimed indie games. And then, as well, Call of Duty: Black Ops 3. Passionately involved in the games community... Read More →

Saturday December 12, 2015 3:00pm - 5:00pm
GX Ballroom 1 Marriott - Salon I + II


Natasha Allegri and Friends Do Stuff
Limited Capacity seats available

Join Boss Of Honor Natasha Allegri (Adventure Time, Bee & Puppycat) and her guests Efrain Farias and Hans Tseng of Frederator as they talk about creating Bee & Puppycat, storyboarding, and the incredible world of cartoons!

Saturday December 12, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm
GX Ballroom 1 Marriott - Salon I + II


How to Be Nice to People That Hate You
Poet and priest George Herbert said it best:" Living well is the best revenge." And yet...we live in an era where we can be constantly under attack from friends, family, and oh, the rest of the internet. But you know what can be more powerful than even the most tersely acidic 140-character response? Compassion and understanding. Come learn how to kill with kindness to help foster a kind environment for all, especially those that hate you.

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Jamin Warren

founder, Kill Screen

Saturday December 12, 2015 6:00pm - 7:00pm
GX Ballroom 1 Marriott - Salon I + II
Sunday, December 13


Connecting Us: The Power Of Online Collaboration For Queer People
Sometimes being who we are can be isolating. Thankfully for alot of us there are games to connect us. To bring us together with people like us to enjoy something great together. Join us as we talk about how important this kind of space is and how to make sure they continue to grow.


Sunday December 13, 2015 12:00pm - 1:00pm
GX Ballroom 2 Marriott - Salon III


Games Will Warp Your Mind and Turn You Gay (or They Could)
Games: are they an innocuous pastime? A hobby for self-improvement? Or a quasi-sentient species of pleasure-excreting brain-leeches from just beyond human comprehension, salivating to warp our minds in ways even more powerful than DRUGS or PORNOGRAPHY? Why do we play games, and should we? What do they want from us? Who do they work for? Can we harness them as obedient beasts of burden before they enthrall us and turn everyone into hyper-effective homo-gladiators in the endless colosseum of the Ubernet? You should forget everything you know about games, except that's impossible, so just pretend that you forgot everything and let's go from there.

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Naomi Clark

Assistant Arts Professor / Co-Chair, NYU
Over the last twenty years, Naomi Clark has designed, written for and produced games for a variety of platforms and audiences, contributing to a few dozen projects so far. She's the co-author of a textbook titled A Game Design Vocabulary and teaches on the faculty of the NYU Game... Read More →

Sunday December 13, 2015 12:00pm - 1:00pm
GX Ballroom 1 Marriott - Salon I + II


Ricki Ortiz Vs. The World
Come watch Ricki Ortiz kick some butt and answer some questions as she does so! :D


Sunday December 13, 2015 1:00pm - 2:00pm
GX Ballroom 1 Marriott - Salon I + II