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- Summary: Have you ever stopped playing a game because it just didn't connect with you in the first few hours? Even games with great overall diversity can suffer if the beginning is dominated by cis white men. Well written diverse characters should be on display throughout an entire game, not just shoved in during the middle or end. Using clips from small indie games as well as big budget AAA releases , the timing of diverse character placement is discussed. Can this ruin or enhance a gaming experience?
- Slides are available here via SlideShare
- Summary: Got your attention now?! So much has changed in our pop culture world – however, there are still many obstacles when it comes to experiencing ethnic or other marginalized heroes in media. Join us for this challenging topic as multicultural nerds discuss the cultural barriers, systemic problems, and the artistic gaps, that keep us from seeing diverse representation in comics, TV, and film. Panel organized and moderated by Tony Kim (“Crazy 4 Comic Con” on Con Radio”).
- Co-panelists: Tony Kim, Tanya DePass, Dawn Xiana Moon, Jeff Smith, Supreet Singh Manchanda
- Summary: So you want to start a podcast. You have a computer, a mic, and Skype. What else do you need? What does good editing software cost? Where's the best place to host? How do you get your podcast listed in all the right places? A panel of seasoned podcasters is ready to answer your questions, give great advice, and probably pop their Ps.
- Co-panelists: Nico D, JP Fairfield, Jamie Nesbitt Golden, De Ana Jones
- Summary: So the tag #INeedDiverseGames went viral, and out of it came a great, great thing. But let's talk about why we need diverse games, what is gained by having more stories, more voices to narrate our tales. Since the tag has gone on, a lot of great things have come of it; however, I also want to talk about the ugly side of it, the hate received and the utter ridiculousness that some people threw out there.
- Co-panelists: Tanya D, Autumn Nicole Bradley, Katherine Cross, Ajit George, Renee Ismail
- Summary: One point of contention in the gaming community is the divide between who is considered a "hardcore gamer" and a "casual gamer". The schism partly lands on ideas of classism, sexism and racism. Can we honestly make this distinction without participating in exclusion? Is "hardcore gamer" identity based on game genre or passion? Why are casual gamers considered pariahs by some in the gaming community? This panel will explore those themes in gaming culture and ways to move the culture forward toward inclusion.
- Co-panelists: JP Fairfield, Katherine Cross, Alyc Helms, Renee Ismail