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The electronic entertainment industry is expanding faster in revenue than in diversity. Both consumers and professionals from many walks of life are not being represented or welcomed by the industry and the video games it creates. Ken Gagne of Gamebits interviews these marginalized voices about their experiences with equality and diversity in gaming -- including sexism, racism, ageism, and ableism -- and how we can make it better for everyone.

The electronic entertainment industry is expanding faster in revenue than in diversity. Both consumers and professionals from many walks of life are not being represented or welcomed by the industry and the video games it creates. Ken Gagne of Gamebits interviews these marginalized voices about their experiences with equality and diversity in gaming -- including sexism, racism, ageism, and ableism -- and how we can make it better for everyone.
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Boston, MA

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The electronic entertainment industry is expanding faster in revenue than in diversity. Both consumers and professionals from many walks of life are not being represented or welcomed by the industry and the video games it creates. Ken Gagne of Gamebits interviews these marginalized voices about their experiences with equality and diversity in gaming -- including sexism, racism, ageism, and ableism -- and how we can make it better for everyone.

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English


Episodes

Polygamer #82: Geek Remix’s Stacy & Mari

10/17/2018
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Stacy and Mari collectively form Geek Remix, a popular YouTube channel in which the two women Let’s Play and analyze mainstream and indie video games. They don’t stray from terrible or problematic games, acknowledging the challenging aspects of gaming and using them as an opportunity to engage in dialogue about how to make them better. […]

Duration:01:40:48

Polygamer #81: Cynthia Lowen, director of NETIZENS

9/26/2018
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Cynthia Lowen is the director and producer of NETIZENS, a documentary that details the proliferation of online harassment faced by women. The film follows feminist critic Anita Sarkeesian, attorney Carrie Goldberg, and businesswoman Tina Reine as they fight back against the online harassment that has threatened their careers and livelihoods. Lowen ran a successful Kickstarter […]

Duration:00:48:54

Polygamer #80: Angela O’Hara of Big Viking Games

8/15/2018
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Angela O’Hara is a senior artist at Big Viking Games, creators of mobile and social games such as YoWorld and Fish World. At Big Viking Games, O’Hara creates vector art for avatars and accessories that players use to design their virtual world. Many of the games are popular with middle-aged women, and diversity and representation […]

Duration:00:54:21

Polygamer #79: Abbey Perl of the Diverse Gaming Coalition

7/11/2018
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Abbey Perl is the founder of the Diverse Gaming Coalition, a non-profit organization charged with ending bullying both online and off. Founded in 2016, the Diverse Gaming Coalition provides resources, education, and safe spaces by organizing events and entertainment media. In this episode, I spoke with Abbey about her own experience with bullying and being […]

Duration:00:49:41

Polygamer #78: Katie Kaitchuck of GaymerX

6/13/2018
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Katie Kaitchuck is the executive director of GaymerX, an LGBT-focused gaming convention. In the past year, the organization became a non-profit, separated from the for-profit MidBoss Games, sent diverse indie developers to GDC, and began planning next year’s GaymerX conventions. Amid all this and after only two months as GaymerX’s program director, Kaitchuck became executive […]

Duration:00:46:36

Polygamer #77: Dr. NerdLove on gaming & dating

5/9/2018
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Harris O’Malley is Dr. NerdLove, a dating coach who gives advice to geeks of all stripes via his blog, podcast, YouTube channel, and column for Kotaku. Aiming to offset the toxic masculinity of The Red Pill and men’s rights activists, O’Malley encourages healthy platonic and romantic relationships, with video games being a shared interest in […]

Duration:00:52:01

Polygamer #76: Gaming Patreon at PAX East 2018

4/11/2018
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In four short years, Patreon has enabled thousands of gamers to take their journalism, podcasts, and channels to the next level. It’s proven a popular alternative to the whims of Google’s “adpocalypse”—though Patreon’s had a few bumps of its own along the way. On the PAX East 2018 panel "Gaming Patreon: Building Community for Fun […]

Duration:01:02:37

Polygamer #75: Matt Baume of Queens of Adventure

3/21/2018
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Queens of Adventure is a comedy-adventure podcast in which four drag queens slay their way through pencil-and-paper role-playing games. Adapted from the live stage show Dungeons & Drag Queens, Queens of Adventure has as its dungeon master Matt Baume, host of the podcast Sewers of Paris, director of documentary Playing with Pride, and returning guest […]

Duration:00:55:52

Polygamer #74: Joseph Bein of Out of Sight Games

1/17/2018
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Joseph Bein is the president & creative lead of Out of Sight Games, developer of the audio game A Hero’s Call. The studio’s first game, A Hero’s Call was designed to be accessible by visually impaired gamers, including half of Out of Sight Games, who built their own game engine to ensure the game’s accessibility. […]

Duration:00:44:12

Polygamer #73: Wally S on nonbinary characters

12/13/2017
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Wally S is a game developer, author, artist, and cosplayer who has written such Twine games as The Leggy Blond and Your Merman Boyfriend. Wally recently made their GaymerX East speaking debut with the presentation “The Great Chasm of Nonbinary Content and How We Can Fill It“, examining not only how far LGBT representation has […]

Duration:00:55:09

Polygamer #72: Nicole Hunter of Black Gamers Revolution

11/8/2017
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Nicole Hunter is a freelance writer and a moderator for Black Gamers Revolution. This community Black gamers extends to Twitter, Tumblr, Twitch, and Discord, providing a safe space for Black gamers to share their experiences free of harassment or the wed to educate others. The group regularly plays in online games such as Overwatch, League […]

Duration:00:47:41

Polygamer #71: Susan Arendt of Genii Online

10/11/2017
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Susan Arendt is the editor-in-chief of Genii Online, a website that covers magic and deception for magicians and anyone interested in the art and craft of magic. While Genii has existed as a print magazine since 1936, Genii Online’s September 2017 launch marked the publication’s online debut. It also marked a shift for Susan: after […]

Duration:01:11:29

Polygamer #70: Kellian Adams Pletcher of Green Door Labs

9/13/2017
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Kellian Adams Pletcher is the mastermind behind Green Door Labs, which builds location-based, transmedia games for museums and non-profits. Kids and adults alike use smartphones, pencil and paper, and other tools to learn the stories behind art, what life was like on the Oregon Trail, how to use a library, and more. Green Door Labs’ […]

Duration:00:58:12

Polygamer #69: Tanya C. DePass of Fresh Out of Tokens

8/9/2017
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Tanya DePass is the founder of I Need Diverse Games, a non-profit that advocates for diversity in gaming. In addition to offering speaking engagements, GDC scholarships, and diversity programming at events such as GaymerX, Tanya has also hosted Fresh Out of Tokens, a weekly interview-based podcast, in which she interviewed such gaming luminaries as Zoë […]

Duration:00:55:39

Polygamer #68: Katie Hallahan of Phoenix Online Studios

7/12/2017
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Katie Hallahan is the chief communications officer, co-founder, game designer, and public relations director for Phoenix Online Studios, a developer and publisher of point-and-click adventure games. The studio began in 2002 when Katie and her fellow directors set out to create an unofficial King’s Quest fan game, The Silver Lining, the fifth and final episode […]

Duration:01:01:36

Polygamer #67: Freelance writer Sarah LeBoeuf

6/28/2017
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Sarah LeBoeuf is a freelance writer, editor, and all-around nerd. Her video game reviews, features, and event coverage have appeared on such storied publications as Nerdist, Mashable, Ars Technica, Escapist, Digital Trends, GamesRadar+, and more. Sarah also serves on the board of Take This, a non-profit that addresses mental health issues in the video game […]

Duration:01:03:08

Side Quest #2: Wonder Woman with Sabriel Mastin

6/7/2017
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Wonder Woman has exploded across the silver screen, breaking all records: the first major female superhero film; the first major superhero film directed by a woman; the second $100M-budget film with a female director; and the biggest opening weekend ever for a woman-directed film. Starring Gal Gadot as Diana Prince and Chris Pine as Steve […]

Duration:00:59:20

Polygamer #66: Charles Babbage Institute on historical diversity & representation

5/24/2017
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The Charles Babbage Institute at the University of Minnesota is an archive and research center dedicated to preserving the history of information technology. Instead of physical hardware and software, the CBI preserves the culture and stories of the IT industry, as told by both those who created it and those whom it impacted. Its extensive collection […]

Duration:01:20:31

Polygamer #65: MIT’s Prof. Kishonna Gray on justice studies

5/10/2017
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Kishonna Gray is a visiting scholar at MIT’s Comparative Media Studies/Writing department, where she teaches Women & Gender Studies. She comes from Eastern Kentucky University, where she founded the Critical Gaming Lab; and from Arizona State University, where earned her Ph.D. in justice studies. She is the author of Race, Gender, and Deviance in Xbox […]

Duration:00:51:45

Polygamer #64: Dr. Noah J. Springer on reddit & GamerGate

4/26/2017
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Dr. Noah J. Springer recently published his Ph.D. dissertation about reddit, in which he analyzed the cultural practices, technological affordances, hybrid economics, and politics of reddit’s public sphere. During the course of Springer’s research, GamerGate erupted, bringing into existence the subreddits of Kotaku In Action and GamerGhazi, affording Springer the opportunity to witness the emergence […]

Duration:01:13:18