If you’re not following the Fusion network, you may have missed our founder, Latoya Peterson,…
Category: video games
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By creating digital representations of people who aren’t white, it indicates a culture and industry…
By Arturo R. García
This past weekend saw our owner and publisher Latoya Peterson speak on a panel at IndieCade, a festival and conference celebrating independent game development.
Moderator Shawn Alexander Allen (Treachery in Beatdown City) said that the discussion, “Let’s Do Something About It,” grew from a talk about race and gaming he gave at last year’s event. Joining them on the panel:
- Ashley Alicea, board member for the Puerto Rico chapter of the International Game Developers Association and a game producer for Qlovi
- Code Liberation founder and Tech Under Thirty head Catt Small
- TJ Thomas, director of Alpha Six Productions and a self-identified games activist
- Fatima Zenine Villanueva, a designer and teacher’s assistant for Code Liberation
A Storify of the panel is under the cut.
Read the Post Live From IndieCade: Let’s Do Something About It
By Guest Contributor Samantha Allen, cross-posted from The Border House
[Trigger Warning: Discussion of transphobic joke, real-life experiences of transphobia.]
Like many graduate students, I was still finishing up last week’s work at 6 PM on a Saturday. I put on Spike TV’s annual Video Game Awards (re-branded this year as VGX) to have some background noise while I put the finishing touches on a paper.
I expected the usual: some Michael Bay-esque graphics packages, some puerile pandering to their core demographic of adolescent boys, some Mountain Dew, some Doritos, some trailers. I can stomach that, even laugh at it. Less than five minutes into the program, however, co-host Joel McHale jokingly put the rumors to rest that Wario had “undergone sex reassignment surgery.”
If you’re reading this, you might know that a joke like that is politically ill-advised. It violates the comedic wisdom that one should punch up rather than punch down. It not only repeats the exoticizing focus on transgender people’s genitals, it also casts transgender identity itself as something scandalous and laughable.
Read the Post Please Stop: The Trans Joke at the Spike Video Game Awards
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