Happy Sunday, friends! In honor of GaymerX this weekend, we have a whole host of queer-friendly initiatives within games culture to share with all of you today. As there are a lot of opportunities included in this particular post, we advise that you keep a pen (or wooden clipboard with a candle) handy so that you can take down all the super cool things you’re about to apply for. Seriously, we’re excited for you!
We’d also like to take a moment to sincerely thank Morgan Gale, who wrote an absolutely humbling review of our space here. It’s so heartening to read that our work is reaching new people and that this space is important to them. You’re the reason why FemHype exists! We’re here for you, which is actually the theme of this weekly series. We will continue to introduce you to all the people and projects pushing for change in this industry.
As always, if you know of an inclusive gaming space or games project you’d love to see promoted on our Sunday Loot series, drop us a comment below or check out our contact list! We’d love to hear from you, especially about new and exciting spaces where all gamers can hang out. ✌
Run by the immensely creative talents of @LatoyaPeterson, Girl Gamers is a YouTube video series that highlights the experiences of women in the gaming industry. Pretty straightforward, right? The difference here is that this series works incredibly hard to pass the mic—and the platform—to the people whose voices are so rarely heard from. As of this writing, there are currently four episodes available on Fusion:
- Episode 1: Who gets to be a gamer?
- Episode 2: Why do girls make games?
- Episode 3: Where are all the female heroines?
- Episode 4: Identity Issues
We sincerely appreciate and admire the way in which Girl Gamers frames the topic of women who exist in this space. The discussion doesn’t stop at merely consumers, but expands to game developers and designers who happen to be women—not just white women, mind—as well. Girl Gamers also clearly, deeply cares about offering a much-needed platform to marginalized people in a community where their voices are rarely, if ever heard. We’re really excited to follow this series as it grows!
IGDAF Women in Games Ambassadors
If you’re a college student or recent college graduate, we have a super wonderful opportunity for you! The International Game Developers Association (IGDA) is looking for talented young women in games to apply for their scholarship program. When chosen, the lucky ambassadors will get to attend the Game Developers Conference (GDC) 2016, receiving “all-access passes, travel stipends, a week of insider industry events, and lifetime access to a tight-knit community of high-achieving peers.”
Don’t forget! The deadline for this opportunity is January 4th, 2016. It’s not that far off, so start that application early and, of course, continue to boost this for those that might be interested, too. We would love to see as many people attending the Game Developers Conference as possible!
#INeedDiverseGames GDC Scholarship
In much the same vein! If you’re excited about GDC but don’t think you’ll be able to make the conference, the ever-lovely @cypheroftyr wants to get you there just as much as we do. Twenty-three lucky folks will receive an all-access pass, which includes a lot of incredible opportunities. All applications will be reviewed by a committee in an effort to ensure everyone is given a fair chance. Their hard work for this initiative is admirable, and something we all need to do better at striving for:
“#INeedDiverseGames is dedicated to increasing diversity both in game and in studio, and we will be awarding these scholarships to members of marginalized groups (person of color, LGBTQIA, woman, or reside at an intersection of those identities) who would not have the opportunity to attend the GDC without financial assistance.”
You have until the end of December 14, 2015 to get your application in, which only gives you two days! We believe in you and your work. 💕 Everyone should be able to attend conferences like these—especially you.
Another space that consistently provides creative, inclusive content in the gaming industry, Remeshed is a site that we highly recommend you start following. This is an absolutely necessary space that deserves far more attention than it’s currently getting, and we’re all so delighted to see a publication run by and about women within games culture. Everything from news to reviews to commentary is covered here, with much more to come on the horizon!
Remeshed is the sister site of pixelkin, another space that we love and appreciate, which you should totally check out today. It’s always really heartening to see new and welcoming communities like these grow! Remeshed encourages the sharing of diverse experiences and talents, and this industry would really do well to recognize their hard work.
Speak Up & Stay Safe(r)
A new initiative is being pioneered by @femfreq (as well as @RBraceySherman and @jaclynf!) that will certainly help many of us who exist in the digital space of games. Their work, “A Guide to Protecting Yourself From Online Harassment,” serves to provide tools for anyone who might find themselves experiencing negativity or harassment of any kind. The aim of the project is simple, but its importance can’t be understated:
“This guide is for anyone who fears they might be targeted, or who is already under attack, for speaking their mind online, but is especially designed for women, people of color, trans and genderqueer people, and everyone else whose existing oppressions are made worse by digital violence. It details best security practices for social media, email, online gaming, website platforms, and ensuring privacy of personal information online, as well as the documentation and reporting of harassment, and caring for yourself emotionally during an online attack.”
If you or someone you know might be in need of support, we sincerely hope that you find this resource helpful. We’re all in this thing together, and it’s wonderful that a guide like this can even exist. Thank you to everyone who took the initiative and put this together!