Sunday Loot: Continuing the Discussion of Diversity in Games

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Happy Sunday, friends! We’re super happy that you had a bit of time in your busy day to join us again. Like last week, we wanted to dedicate our regularly scheduled post in order to boost the work of the people and projects that are pushing for more diversity. So many incredible, inspiring stories are being told through this medium, and we want to make absolutely sure that you know about them!

Today, we’re taking you on a journey through coding classes, funding opportunities, breakout games, and much more. Everything listed here has the ability to further the discussion of how we can achieve visibility for more talented and diverse folks in the industry. If that’s something you’re as passionate as we are about, you’ve come to the right place!

As always, if you know of an inclusive gaming space or games project you’d love to see promoted on our Sunday Loot series, drop…

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Aurion: Legend of the Kori-Odan release date & trailer!

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Signal Boost – Dujanah KS

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#GX3: Q&A With Cosplayers Who Will Inspire You

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[Editor’s Note: All images were provided courtesy of the cosplayers.]

In December 2015, gamers from all corners of the LGBTQIA+ community attended gaming convention GX3 where they met cool celebrities like Jennifer Hale, discussed representation in video games, and partied like there’s no tomorrow. FemHype staff members Jillian and Rem were lucky enough to attend the con in person, in addition to cool kids promoting diversity in games like Tanya DePass from #INeedDiverseGames. (You can find Rem’s review of the con experience over here, by the way.) I reached out to six attendees who cosplayed during the event and asked them about their thoughts on cosplay and surviving the Fade.

Vivi Velour as Rose Quartz (Steven Universe)

GaymerXMelissa: Why did you cosplay this character?

Vivi: I cosplayed as Rose Quartz because my friend made this delightful fanart of our group of friends as…

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