We Are Player 1: Diversity in Gaming
Video games are a unique medium. Players assume roles, interact with worlds, and experience situations in ways that simply aren't possible in any other entertainment format.
When it comes to character and situation design, limitless potential exists to connect players with a range of experiences unlike their own, while simultaneously empowering audiences with representations of themselves.
Despite this reality, patterns in modern game production often marginalize and degrade social groups many gamers fit into, missing an opportunity to expose all players to a wider range of real world experiences.
Join our panel for a live performance and discussion focusing on diversity in modern gaming.
This SXSW Gaming Session at the Long Center is FREE and open to the public. However SXSW Interactive, Film, Gold and Platinum badges gain priority seating.
Time Warner Cable News
Beth Elderkin is an award-winning multimedia journalist working as a news producer for Time Warner Cable News in Austin, Texas. She is also a game reviewer for iPad Insight, and the lead author or Easy Mode Go, a blog focusing on women’s representations in mobile gaming. Her work has been featured on ABC World News, Editor & Publisher magazine and others.
News Assignments Editor, Freelance Photographer
Time Warner Cable News Vocal Visions
Develon Douglas is a freelance photographer based in Austin, TX. In addition to his routine duties as an assignment editor with Time Warner Cable News, he has covered several local and national events focusing on game culture and the game development community in Austin.
San Anto Cultural Arts
Samantha Rae Lopez is a Texas based multimedia producer with a focus in film production, passion for diversity in media and interest in tech and innovation. Samantha also has extensive experience in the non-profit sector, event management and social media management.