Women in Games Boston is throwing yet another party on May 29th to celebrate, network, eat, drink, and be merry. The monthly WIG Boston event is the official Boston chapter meeting of the International Game Developers Association’s Women in Games Special Interest Group (IGDA WIG SIG), which:
works to develop methods to support, promote and encourage women currently employed in the industry; to bring awareness and education to both the workplace and the marketplace in terms of influence and value of female game professionals and female players; to assess the numbers of women working in the games industry in a variety of roles, and track changes over time, using a combination of available data and primary research; and to execute a variety of programs to recruit women into the games industry and to make games a more attractive field for women.
Envisioned as “a networking event for women in the video game industry and their allies,” the party will also feature a talk, “Digital Gaming QUILTBAG-ing Circle,” by Singapore-MIT Gambit Game Lab researcher Todd Harper.
The talk synopsis is as follows:
It’s no secret to video game-loving queer folk and their allies that the letters of our ever-expanding acronym could be better represented in games, but there’s so many questions and variables involved with that. What sort of games? What sorts of themes and characters? What’s helpful and what’s hurtful? This talk shares the experiences of working with GAMBIT interns on “A Closed World,” the many responses it got, the challenges of building a followup game, and a little postmortem of the recent Cardboard Gayme Jam held at the lab. Hopefully what’s been learned through these various experiences will help shed some light and open up discussion on this very complex topic.
The event is FREE, so if you’re in Boston on the 29th, head on over to Eventbrite and sign up!
Date: Tuesday, May 29th, 2012 — 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM (ET)
Location: The Asgard Irish Pub & Restaurant, 350 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02139
Price: Free (register on Eventbrite).
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