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The Invisible Majority: Centering the Experiences of the Marginalized in Contemporary Gaming Culture
April 5, 2017 @ 11:45 am - 1:00 pm
Speaker: Prof. Kishonna Gray, Women’s and Gender Studies and CMS/Writing
Location: Student Center Coffeehouse Lounge, W20-308 – 11:45am-1pm
Title: The Invisible Majority: Centering the Experiences of the Marginalized in Contemporary Gaming Culture
Abstract: Women and people of color constitute a significant portion of the gaming community with extreme consumption power. Yet they are largely ignored by the gaming industry. Much of the information that is available on the experiences of Black and Latino gamers in particular stem from online communities that these gamers have created – forums, blogs, Tumblr, Facebook, etc. Previous research on these pages highlight two important points: (1) the video gaming industry has all but ignored minority gamers in character, video game content, and advertising; and (2) the default gamer has yet to welcome minority gamers, often lashing out in inflammatory ways within digital gaming communities. This presentation will examine gaming content – from stereotypical representations to more recent, progressive content, and also experiences online.
Lunch served at 11:45 am
Events are open to all community members. We welcome people of every identity, ability/disability, and background, and will strive to meet all needs for full participation.