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Friday, July 11
 

2:00pm

Gaming and Intersectionality - How Politics and Games Collide
Saw the #1reasonwhy discussion? Hate the "it's just a game" argument? Like your FPS with some politics? This panel aims to explore the role that gaming & media play in the LGBT rights movement, and how gaming representation impacts our standing.

Moderators
avatar for Joshua Meadows

Joshua Meadows

Freelance Writer
Joshua Meadows is a freelance writer and photographer from NYC who now lives in Sydney, Australia. He's written for a variety of magazines, newspapers and websites on topics from LGBT politics to video game news & reviews. Being a former staff writer for XY Magazine & GayGamer.net... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Mattie Brice

Mattie Brice

Mattie Brice is a play and games critic, designer, and activist. She previously wrote at publications like Kotaku, Paste Magazine, and PopMatters about design and social justice within the video game industry, and now writes independently. She also designs experimental games like... Read More →


Friday July 11, 2014 2:00pm - 2:45pm
*GX Panel Room C (3F) Union Square (3F)

3:00pm

Coming Out in the Game Industry
Figuring out how to come out to anyone can feel like a heavy weight bearing down on one's mind. The good news is that with support lifting this weight can make you feel light as a feather afterward.

The even better news is that coming out is getting easier. This panel aims to discuss the current issues and how we can overcome the stigma of coming out to friends, fellow gamers, and as a professional in the industry.

Main topics include:

- An overview of each panelists experiences in coming out

- Current and future state of the industry towards LGBT members

- Benefits and potential risks in coming out

- Coming out to fellow gamers and friends

- Coming out as a professional in the industry

- LGBT opportunities to be involved and become a leader in the game industry

At the end we will conclude with a Q&A round with the panel audience.

Moderators
avatar for Mathew Anderson

Mathew Anderson

Community Manager, Six Foot
Mathew "Berek" Anderson is currently a lead community manager at Six Foot studio in Houston, TX. Mathew began at Six Foot shortly after the game division was formed. For the past 15 years Mathew has led community programs from the ground up, including managing teams to develop community... Read More →

Speakers
TA

Thomas Abrams

Head of Recruiting, ArenaNet
Head of Recruiting - ArenaNet
avatar for Regina Buenaobra

Regina Buenaobra

Content Marketing Lead, ArenaNet
CW

Chris Wright

Indie Developer


Friday July 11, 2014 3:00pm - 3:45pm
*GX Panel Room C (3F) Union Square (3F)
 
Saturday, July 12
 

12:00pm

Yes, and? An Improvised Approach to Inclusion
When you say YES, AND? in improv, you accept and build on the scenario before you. You make it crazier. You make it weirder. You make it better. This panel will impart an optimistic guid on how to say Yes, and how to add yourself to the conversation.

Moderators
avatar for Ludwig Kietzmann

Ludwig Kietzmann

Freelance Writer, GamesRadar+
US. editor-in-chief at GamesRadar+. Formerly of Joystiq. Punned it and tiny human bean grown in Africa. Forbes 30-under-30 person-thing.

Speakers
SA

Susan Arendt

Managing Editor, Joystiq
avatar for David Gaider

David Gaider

Senior Writer, BioWare EA
David has worked as both a writer and designer for BioWare since 1999, on such titles as Baldur's Gate 2, Knights of the Old Republic, and Neverwinter Nights. He then acted as Lead Writer on the hit Dragon Age, including Dragon Age: Origins, Dragon Age 2, and most recently Dragon... Read More →



Saturday July 12, 2014 12:00pm - 12:45pm
*GX Panel Room A (3F) Grand Ballroom AB (3F)

12:00pm

Queer Oral Histories of Gaming
Limited Capacity seats available

Moderators
Saturday July 12, 2014 12:00pm - 1:45pm
Alienware Workshop Room A (4F) Russian Hill (4F)

2:00pm

Internetting While Female: A Conversation w/ Anita Sarkeesian & Carolyn Petit
Limited Capacity seats available

Moderators
avatar for Carolyn Petit

Carolyn Petit

Managing Editor, Feminist Frequency
I spent four years as an editor at GameSpot, where my experiences as a publicly transgender woman in the games media gave me a unique perspective on the state of games culture. My review of Grand Theft Auto V for GameSpot, which touched on issues of misogyny in the game, caused quite... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Katherine Cross

Katherine Cross

Gamasutra
Katherine Cross is a gaming critic, sociologist, and feminist scholar who studies virtual worlds, particularly gender and the dynamics of online harassment. Her academic work has been published in Women's Studies Quarterly and in Loading: The Journal of the Canadian Games Studies... Read More →
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Anita Sarkeesian

Feminist Frequency
Anita Sarkeesian is an award-winning media critic and the creator and executive director of Feminist Frequency, an educational nonprofit that explores the representations of women in pop culture narratives. Her work focuses on deconstructing the stereotypes and tropes associated with... Read More →


Saturday July 12, 2014 2:00pm - 3:15pm
*GX Panel Room A (3F) Grand Ballroom AB (3F)

4:30pm

Gaming for Good!
Did you know that while you spend your time playing your favorite video games, you could also raise money for charity? The purpose of this panel is to inform you of how you can spend your time "Gaming for Good!" You will be introduced to companies that strive to make a difference, and find out more about different charitable organizations. 

It will also feature personal insight from gamers who love playing for them. 
 
We will also explore how the funds you raise will directly affect lives local to where you live. Next time you spend an evening marathoning a video game, you could also help change lives! 

   Panelist

  • Nina Kester - Bay Area Extra Life Guild, Vice President
  • Lizzie Cuevas - Humble Bundle, Director of Communications
  • John Howell - Twitch, Director of Partnerships Development
  • Rebecca Wilson - Children's Miracle Network Hospitals, Senior Officer
  • Krystal Herring - Frag Dolls, Team Captain
Moderator
  • Stan Press- El Gato Gaming 

Speakers
KH

Krystal Herring

Senior Frag Doll, Ubisoft Entertainment
Krystal Herring, also known as SiREN, is a duel wielding femme fatale and maker of mischief. A towering cybernetically-enhanced super soldier who’s killing sprees strike fear in the hearts of 12yr olds. SiREN’s unprecedented leadership of hooligans and beast FPS skills are what... Read More →
JH

John Howell

Director, Partnerships Development, Twitch
Pittsburgh dude on the west coast, because video games.
avatar for Nina Kester

Nina Kester

Consultant, Tapastic
...is a vegehmotarian. First I'm a little shy and quiet. Then I get a little louder. Then the quirks pop up, one by one and you begin to think I'm just a little bit crazy, but I'm just a little body with a little too much energy and a little too much imagination. -circa... Read More →
RW

Rebecca Wilson

Senior Officer, Children's Miracle Network Hospitals, UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland
Rebecca has worked to improve the state of children's health through various philanthropic initiatives, since joining the Children's Hospital Oakland Foundation team in 2013. She has witnessed the exponential growth the 24-hr Extra Life gaming marathon, and see's extreme potential... Read More →


Saturday July 12, 2014 4:30pm - 5:15pm
*GX Panel Room A (3F) Grand Ballroom AB (3F)
 
Sunday, July 13
 

10:00am

The Effect Of Gayme Addiction On Queers
Moderators
Sunday July 13, 2014 10:00am - 10:45am
*GX Panel Room B (3F) Grand Ballroom C (3F)

11:00am

Freaking Out the Neighbors (With BioWare!)
What is “good representation” in games, and why would anyone be opposed to it? Considering theromance elements in BioWare games, we’ve heard it all, and it’s worth discussing where some of these feelings come from and how it’s possible for a developer to be inclusive in a way we can feel good about. Let’s talk about where this is going for the industry, and what expectations LGBTQ fans have.

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for David Gaider

David Gaider

Senior Writer, BioWare EA
David has worked as both a writer and designer for BioWare since 1999, on such titles as Baldur's Gate 2, Knights of the Old Republic, and Neverwinter Nights. He then acted as Lead Writer on the hit Dragon Age, including Dragon Age: Origins, Dragon Age 2, and most recently Dragon... Read More →
RT

Robyn Theberge

Development Manager, BioWare
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Karin Weekes

Lead Editor, BioWare
Karin is Lead Editor for BioWare’s three studios. She has worked at BioWare since 2006, editing Dragon Age: Inquisition, Mass Effect 3 Dragon Age II, Star Wars: The Old Republic, Mass Effect 2, Dragon Age: Origins and various DLCs for the Mass Effect and Dragon Age franchises. Karin... Read More →
avatar for Patrick Weekes

Patrick Weekes

Writer, EA BioWare
Patrick joined BioWare’s writing team in 2005. Since then, he’s worked on all three games in the Mass Effect trilogy, where he helped write characters including Mordin, Tali, and Samantha Traynor, (along with krogan poets, hanar Spectres, and foul-mouthed asari matriarchs). After... Read More →


Sunday July 13, 2014 11:00am - 11:45am
*GX Panel Room A (3F) Grand Ballroom AB (3F)

12:00pm

Finding a Good Fit: On Being Fat and Queer in Gaming
Growing up queer? It's hard! You become a target for being different. Then replace "queer" with "a gamer" or "fat." All together? It can be tough. But as much as we can get this wrong, games can also offer chances to push back. Find out how here!

Moderators
avatar for Todd Harper

Todd Harper

Visiting Professor, University of Baltimore, United States of America
Game studies academic who does work on queer and gender issues in games. 1/3 of gay gaming podcast Gayme Bar. Swims with the orcas.

Sunday July 13, 2014 12:00pm - 12:45pm
*GX Panel Room A (3F) Grand Ballroom AB (3F)

12:00pm

Making Superfriends: Forming Relationships With Straight Allies within the Gaming Community
Queer Geek leaders from Vancouver BC discuss how their partnerships with allies have contributed to the five year success of the Vancouver Gaymers. Followed by a discussion on connecting with allies on both industry and community levels.

Moderators
avatar for Justin Saint

Justin Saint

Makeup and Cosplay, @GaymerQueen
Breaking Down Gender Barriers One Cosplay At A Time@GaymerQueen

Speakers
avatar for Mathew Anderson

Mathew Anderson

Community Manager, Six Foot
Mathew "Berek" Anderson is currently a lead community manager at Six Foot studio in Houston, TX. Mathew began at Six Foot shortly after the game division was formed. For the past 15 years Mathew has led community programs from the ground up, including managing teams to develop community... Read More →


Sunday July 13, 2014 12:00pm - 12:45pm
*GX Panel Room C (3F) Union Square (3F)

1:00pm

Plays Well With Others: Consent In Interactive Media
A panel discussion on the role of consent in the media creator/media consumer relationship. 

Moderators
JR

Jetta Rae

Co-Owner, Kissing Covens
Mercenary journalist and modest mothra votary.

Speakers
avatar for Mattie Brice

Mattie Brice

Mattie Brice is a play and games critic, designer, and activist. She previously wrote at publications like Kotaku, Paste Magazine, and PopMatters about design and social justice within the video game industry, and now writes independently. She also designs experimental games like... Read More →
avatar for Merritt Kopas

Merritt Kopas

merritt kopas is a Canadian writer and designer whose work investigates the conditions of intimacy in precarious settings. Her first book, Videogames for Humans, is an exploration of contemporary interactive fiction, published by Instar Books in 2015. She is the author of dozens of... Read More →
avatar for Kitty Stryker

Kitty Stryker

Head of Cosplay, MidBoss


Sunday July 13, 2014 1:00pm - 2:45pm
*GX Panel Room A (3F) Grand Ballroom AB (3F)

2:00pm

Gaming in Color Screening and Q&A with Director and Editor
Moderators
avatar for Philip Jones

Philip Jones

VP of Creative, MidBoss
Con co-chair and Expo Hall & Indie Space Director

Speakers
avatar for Ryan Paul

Ryan Paul

I edited, shot, & helped produce Gaming in Color!


Sunday July 13, 2014 2:00pm - 3:45pm
*GX Panel Room C (3F) Union Square (3F)

3:00pm

Without Their Permission - featuring Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian
Moderators
avatar for Alexis Ohanian

Alexis Ohanian

Make the world suck less: @reddit @breadpig @thehipmunk @YCombinator. Investor, speaker, host of Small Empires, author of bestseller Without Their Permission

Sunday July 13, 2014 3:00pm - 3:45pm
*GX Panel Room A (3F) Grand Ballroom AB (3F)

4:00pm

How Urban Black and Latino Culture Can be the Next Frontier in Games
Indie games focus on how anyone can make games yet there’s a dearth of black and Latino game creators. This talk will look at culture, what factors keep them out as creators & how we can help change that while highlighting minority games creators.

Moderators
avatar for Shawn Alexander Allen

Shawn Alexander Allen

Director, Nuchallenger
Artist. Writer. Designer. Activist. Critic. Speaker. Thinker. Philosopher. Wannabe poet. Occasional demagogue. Working on Treachery in Beatdown City. Support #blackgamedev

Sunday July 13, 2014 4:00pm - 4:45pm
*GX Panel Room C (3F) Union Square (3F)