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Key touchpoints for creating authentic, diverse characters [in games] that are not stereotypes...

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Creating Authentic, Diverse Characters

Learn about creating authentic, diverse characters [in games] that are not stereotypes. We'll be discussing:

  • how stereotypes are perpetuated through their use in the media
  • exercises to analyze characters for good representation
  • how active and engaged listening is the best tool for dismantling stereotypes
  • processes and questions that attendees can equip themselves with to better combat harmful socialized beliefs and keep them out of their games

This virtual talk, presented in English, is open to everyone to everyone of all genders and backgrounds. We expect all attendees to follow the Pixelles safer space policy.

Speaker: Honey P. Rosenbloom & Friendship Garden

Queer Cyborg Mystic, Honey P. Rosenbloom (they/them) infuses love into their works, be it organizing events with Friendship Garden Game Developers, unionizing their workplace with Alphabet Workers United, or developing games to build intimacy and connection. Advocate for inclusivity, deep listening, and magic, their mission is to build inclusive, caring communities that can withstand the unforeseen changes of life and further the connections between self, other, and being.

Friendship Garden Game Developers is a volunteer-run 501(c)3 organization dedicated to promoting inclusivity in the video game industry and normalizing narratives often underrepresented or silenced. They fund, promote, and connect developers from historically marginalized backgrounds through scholarships, events, community building, and other resources. By increasing the visibility and funding of games made by folks not commonly given a voice in the video games industry, Friendship Garden hopes to see a world where everyone can be empowered through safe, inclusive play.

In Collaboration

Gameloft Montreal, a leading game developer and publisher established as one of the top innovators in its field since 2000, is proud to introduce a new series of talks about diversity and inclusivity in partnership with Pixelles. Several experts will look at various social topics related to our industry, in order to open the discussion and allow Gameloft Montreal to become more inclusive in the studio and in games!

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