Off I go to @TwitchCon!

The random musings of a 1973 Original

TD TwitchCon PromoI’ll be going to TwitchCon for the first time tomorrow and I’m on a panel Sunday. If you’re around or can watch, I’ll be moderating “Being Political On Twitch”3:30 pm Pacific US timezone in the GivePlz Theatre. Joining me are Adam Koebel (adamkoebel on Twitch/Skinnyghost on twitter), Jennasaisquoi (same on Twitch and Twitter), and Brian Petrocelli (Citizen on Twitch & th3citizen on Twitter).

This panel is concerned with addressing the importance of being political as a creator, as the representative of a business or organization, and as a streamer. The purpose of this talk is to help empower people by talking openly about the risks and gains of struggling in a landscape that demands conformity and the continued repression of identities.

We’ll talk about whether a Twitch channel constitutes a public or private space (and what that means on the Internet), why these discussions…

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Episode 16: The World Is Just A Bridge. Gaming and Dungeons & Dragons

This Filipino American Life

IMG_3419On this episode of This Filipino American Life the TFAL crew talks about video games and Dungeons & Dragons (D&D). We talk about who used video games as an escape, who did not really play as much as a kid, and who thought video games reinforced Eurocentric mythology.

While we start the conversation around video games, the conversation pivots to Dungeons and Dragons when we talk to our guests Earl Baylon (Elaine’s semi-cousin, Jonah Maiava from the Tomb Raider series, and Artistic Director of Room to Improv) and Edren Sumagaysay (writer, The Park’s Finest expediter, and Dungeon Master extraordinaire). Earl and Edren go into how they got into Dungeons and Dragons and explain to the TFAL crew how D&D works. We even begin to brainstorm a Filipino American D&D campaign!

IMG_3404What are your thoughts about gaming and D&D? What were/are your favorite video games? If you played D&D what…

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Volunteer Opportunity -Help us table at the Diversity Lounge at PAX Unplugged in November

  We’ve got an opportunity to be part of the Diversity Lounge at PAX Unplugged. But the table has to have someone there during all open hours, 10am – 6pm. Seeing as how there’s one of mod @cypheroftyr, that means we need community help! If you are planning on going to PAX Unplugged anyway, and/or … Continue reading Volunteer Opportunity -Help us table at the Diversity Lounge at PAX Unplugged in November

Signal Boosting – Politics & Mental Health Panels at TwitchCon

Overview: This campaign is aimed at helping the panelists on the "Mental Health and Tabletop Role-Playing Games" panel and the "Being Political on Twitch" panel afford the expenses of attending TwitchCon 2017 (Oct 20-22). Our panels are diverse and many of us need financial support to be able to attend. We're setting our goal high with … Continue reading Signal Boosting – Politics & Mental Health Panels at TwitchCon

#PlayForPR – Signal boost & request for help

GAMES INDUSTRY PEOPLE, Ashley need your help! She and some fellow Puerto Rican's are organizing a Twitch stream to raise urgently-needed relief funds for the crisis back home in Puerto Rico. Some big names are already involved (TBA!). Can you / your company help us with the stream / donations / raffle swag / promo … Continue reading #PlayForPR – Signal boost & request for help

Call For Articles – Game Studies Special Issue: “Queerness and Video Games

Call For Articles - Game Studies Special Issue: “Queerness and Video Games: New Critical Perspectives on LGBTQ Issues, Sexuality, Games, and Play” by Guest Editors - Ruberg & PhillipsThe intersection of LGBT issues, queerness, and video games represents a space of great turmoil and great potential. Video games, the games industry, and games culture have … Continue reading Call For Articles – Game Studies Special Issue: “Queerness and Video Games

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 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!

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”