Anita Borg Institute Chicago seeking teacher for intro to video games class

The Anita Borg Institute is a global, 501(c)3 nonprofit headquartered in Palo Alto, CA. Their chapters were launched in 2015 and ABI.Chicago has monthly events & coding tutorials for adults. They are looking for someone to teach an Intro to Video Gaming class. To learn more about them, go to http://local.anitaborg.org/groups/abi-chicago/gpages If interested, contact La'Shon Anthony at lashona@abidotlocal.org. *Please note … Continue reading Anita Borg Institute Chicago seeking teacher for intro to video games class

The Monolithic Problem with Mass Effect: Andromeda, Part 2 of 2

[This piece contains spoilers for Mass Effect: Andromeda. For folks unfamiliar with the Mass Effect Universe, at the bottom of the essay, I've included descriptions of the species mentioned in the main body and alternate image text.] This is the continuation of my previous piece found here. The previous sections illustrated both the pervasiveness of … Continue reading The Monolithic Problem with Mass Effect: Andromeda, Part 2 of 2

The Violent Banality of E3 & the Need for Better – @tauriqmoosa

I rejoiced at many of the announcement of upcoming games at E3 2017. Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus provides more opportunity to delve into the unbelievably brilliant world created by MachineGames; a new Assassin’s Creed, where you play a man of colour, in ancient Egypt looks like Ubisoft benefited from a year off the franchise. … Continue reading The Violent Banality of E3 & the Need for Better – @tauriqmoosa

B-Stem Project needs volunteers this Friday!

B~STEM Project is in need of professional volunteers this Friday, June 23. We Hack Too is a 8-day virtual hackathon with 1 -day launch events across 11 cities: Atlanta, Austin, Chicago, Connecticut, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Santa Clara, Seattle and Toronto. It's a dynamic free opportunity for high school and college level women to learn how to … Continue reading B-Stem Project needs volunteers this Friday!

The Monolithic Problem with Mass Effect: Andromeda, Part 1 of 2

[This piece contains spoilers for Mass Effect: Andromeda. For folks unfamiliar with the Mass Effect Universe, at the bottom of the essay, I’ve included descriptions of the species mentioned in the main body and alternate image text.] The importance of the analysis of video games and other forms of electronic media may be eclipsed by […]

Reminder – We have two tickets for @AlterConf in Chicago this weekend!

 We’ve still got 2 tickets for @AlterConf this weekend in Chicago Thanks to the generosity of AlterConf’s organizers, we’ve got three tickets for the I Need Diverse Games community for the upcoming even in Chicago on June 10th, 2017 AlterConf is a traveling conference series that provides safe opportunities for marginalized people and those who … Continue reading Reminder – We have two tickets for @AlterConf in Chicago this weekend!

Finding Religion in the Mass Effect’s Companions – Elijah Beahm

Religion is something of a sensitive spot for the games industry. When it first got started, conservative groups swore it would poison their children’s minds with games like Doom with all its hellish imagery and Dungeons & Dragons with it “teaching magic”. The irony that D&D was originally designed by a Christian man was, sadly, … Continue reading Finding Religion in the Mass Effect’s Companions – Elijah Beahm

INDG @ WisCon: Panel Reminder! “There is No ‘Ideas Guy’: Actual Jobs in the Video Game Industry”

I Need Diverse Games' founder Cypheroftyr is speaking at WisCon. Come check it out! Sat. 7:30 pm Conf. 1: Tanya DePass [M], Maurice Broaddus, Ann Lemay, Ceri Young Panel Hashtag: #JobsInVideoGames People from a wide variety of career paths collaborate to make video games, including producers, programmers, directors, artists, and writers. However, the mythic ‘Ideas … Continue reading INDG @ WisCon: Panel Reminder! “There is No ‘Ideas Guy’: Actual Jobs in the Video Game Industry”

FPSs and dysphoria

by Niamh @foxmomniah First person shooters had never been a genre that particularly appealed to me. When I was an awkward little creature pretending to be a boy, I rationalized this dislike in a number of ways, but the dominant rationalization stemmed from the fact that I was the youngest of five sibling. My four … Continue reading FPSs and dysphoria

INDG @ WisCon: Panel Reminder! “How to Broadcast Safely as a PoC/LGBT/Female ID’d Streamer”

I Need Diverse Games' founder Cypheroftyr is speaking at WisCon. Come check it out! Friday 2:30 pm University B / Ann Lemay, Ceri Young, KJ, Tanya DePass [M] & Kate Lansky Panel Hashtag: #FemaleGameWriters There is a continuing false perception that video games are thoroughly dominated by male gamers and male developers. However data disproves … Continue reading INDG @ WisCon: Panel Reminder! “How to Broadcast Safely as a PoC/LGBT/Female ID’d Streamer”