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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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@Gamebits

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English


Episodes

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 #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 their 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 #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 #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 #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 #39: Mark Saville of SpecialEffect

2/10/2016
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SpecialEffect is a UK-based organization that uses technology to enhance the quality of life of people with physical disabilities by providing them with access to video games. Whether a gamer's challenge arises from a congenital birth issues, car accident, stroke, or war wound, SpecialEffect adapts video game hardware to make games more accessible, all at no cost to the client. In this week's podcast, SpecialEffect communications officer Mark Saville discusses the variety of approaches...

Duration:00:27:10

Polygamer #38: Ashe Dryden of AlterConf

1/27/2016
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Ashe Dryden is the creator of AlterConf, a traveling conference series of marginalized voices from the tech and gaming industries. Since its founding in 2014, AlterConf has been held at a dozen cities throughout the United States and Canada, hosting talks and panels that go beyond Diversity 101. And in 2016, AlterConf will expand internationally, with events in South Africa, France, India, Australia, Germany, and more. In this podcast, Ashe discusses how AlterConf will address global...

Duration:00:34:48

Polygamer #37: Game designer Carolyn VanEseltine

1/13/2016
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Carolyn VanEseltine is an accomplished game designer and developer, having worked at such studios as Harmonix and Giant Spacekat. Her recent presentation at Google, "Everyone can make games now", underscores her belief that the freedom to make games is a basic human right, and that games should open and accessible to all as a medium of artistic expression. But what does it mean to be a game designer? Does one need to know how to program, or is that the province of game developers? Do the...

Duration:00:28:39

Polygamer #36: Gay erotica artist Steven H. Garcia

12/23/2015
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Steven H. Garcia is an artist of gay erotica, especially of the pinup variety. His models are characters from throughout geek fandom, including movies, comics, and video games. His 2016 wall calendar showcase popular icons such as Superman and Batman, Ash from Pokémon, Street Fighter's Ken and Ryu, Spider-Man and Deadpool, Harry Potter, and more. When not creating art, Steven is the co-host of the Gayme On video game podcast. Steven recently exhibited at GX3, the third annual GaymerX...

Duration:00:27:01

Polygamer #35: Susan Arendt of Take This

12/9/2015
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Take This is a non-profit charity that promotes awareness and education of mental health issues through outreach to gamers. Its “AFK Rooms” have become a staple of PAX East, West, South, and Australia, and its holiday stream gives gamers a community to help them through a challenging time of year. Soon, the organization will offer […]

Duration:00:36:54

Polygamer #28: Benjamin Williams of the PAX Diversity Lounge

8/26/2015
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Benjamin Williams is the co-founder of the PAX Diversity Lounge, a safe space at Penny Arcade Expo conventions that offers marginalized groups free tables and booths with which to represent their products and services. First launched at PAX East 2014, the room has been host to many groups and attendees and has been well-received by […]

Duration:00:43:34

Polygamer #27: Cosplayer Emma Bell

8/12/2015
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Emma Bell is an accomplished and talented cosplayer, appearing at anime and video game conventions as characters from Mass Effect, Dragon Ball Z, Dragon Age, and Agent Carter. Her upcoming appearances include West Coast conventions Anime Revolution and PAX Prime, where her husband and fellow cosplayer Koko will be her helper. The studio arts skills […]

Duration:00:34:41

Polygamer #26: Christian Donlan of Eurogamer on multiple sclerosis

7/22/2015
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Christian Donlan is a prolific writer, having contributed to Edge magazine, co-founded gaming site Hookshot, and co-created the animated children’s show Everybody Loves a Moose. After four years of freelancing for Eurogamer.net, he joined the staff as associate editor. His portfolio for that site exceeds 800 articles that demonstrate his passion for gaming as an […]

Duration:00:46:34