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Independent Games Summit: Indie Games and Our Queer, Sex-Positive Revolution

Sharang Biswas  (Game Designer & Artist & Writer, Independent)

Location: Room 3007, West Hall

Date: Tuesday, March 22

Time: 3:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Pass Type: All Access Pass, Summits Pass, Independent Games Summit Pass - Get your pass now!

Topic: Independent Games

Format: Session

Viewing Experience: In-Person

Vault Recording: Video

Audience Level: No

That our mainstream media bombard us with very specific ideas about gender, sexual freedom, erotic desire, and queerness is not a new observation. Neither is the fact that this sort of messaging bleeds into our gaming spaces and has been doing so from the start. Recently, we've been seeing an increasing degree of resistance to such outdated ideas, especially in the indie scene and particularly in the world of analogue games.

In this talk, Sharang Biswas explores the power of interactivity to discuss sexuality and queerness. Topics discussed include how roleplaying allows people to explore sexualities and genders, what algorithmic representations of romance can convey, and how analogue games are uniquely positioned to allow participants to explore such topics meaningfully. Examples of games that play with sexuality in unusual ways and how they can help us with our design process will also be presented.

Takeaway

We'll discuss why representations of queerness and sexuality (especially of a speculative, non-normative nature) matter, explore the properties of games that can be leveraged to effectively communicate these ideas, and study examples of games that address these issues in unique ways, in order that we improve upon our own designs.

Intended Audience

Game designers, queer gamers, and anyone interested in interested in sex and sexuality are welcome to this talk.

No prerequisite knowledge is assumed in this talk.