Meaningful Play 2022 at Michigan State University

Session Information

TitleRecast & Replay: Critically Redesigning and Broadening Queer Experiences in Games Through the Lens of Less Visible Identities in the Community
Presenter(s)Erica Principe Cruz and F. Ria Khan
TimeFriday, October 14, 11:30a-12:30p
LocationHuron Room
DescriptionLGBTQIA+ folk often play at the margins in games due to lacking queer representation. When games are inclusive of queer folk, they typically focus on gay, lesbian, and binary identities and/or misrepresent other queer identities, reflecting the invisibility and invalidation that nonbinary, genderqueer, asexual, bisexual, pansexual, etc. folk experience outside of games. Our workshop will examine and queerify this absence and misrepresentation of less visible queer identities in games by recasting prior play to center them. We will gather as queer game developers and allies to critically analyze our prior play, craft queerified replays we want in games, and reflect on our game design decisions and goals. This workshop will be led by F. Ria Khan, a gay nonbinary games researcher whose work empowers marginalized communities in games, tech, and academia, and Erica Principe Cruz, a pansexual game designer who co-designs games centering marginalized communities' joy, rest, and healing.

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