Sunday Loot: Amplifying More Diverse Voices in Games

Girls Game Shelf
Girls Game Shelf

Happy Sunday, friends! We’re delighted you could join us for another round of our weekly series. Over the past year, we’ve been consistently curating a list of all the people and projects in the industry pushing for change. This couldn’t have happened without your help and support along the way, so we’d like to take a moment to thank you for all your efforts. You’re awesome! ❤

If you’re looking to get more involved in the process, though, you’ve come to the right place. We have three opportunities to boost your geek-worthy creativity in the industry and two spaces that you should totally be keeping an eye on. It’s all about promoting more positivity here, and we’ve got that in spades!

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. ✌

Girls Game Shelf

Girls Game Shelf

“What’s this series all about? Ladies reviewing board games! In each episode, you get a quick overview of a game, highlights of gameplay, and reviews from each player. You can find out about new games through our show, or learn more about a game by seeing us play through it.”

As you might have guessed, Girls Game Shelf is one of the spaces we mentioned that you should absolutely be keeping an eye on. They review board games together, and by bringing a fresh perspective to tabletop gaming, are set to change the industry for the better. With a solid team of nine women featured this season, we can’t wait to see what else they have planned for the future!

You can catch the team’s pilot season on their YouTube channel right now. They just recently launched a Kickstarter program to fund their first official season! If you’re financially able, we highly recommend that you back the incredible efforts of Girls Game Shelf.

Her Universe

Her Universe Fashion Show

If you’re a geek (obviously, you are) with an eye for fashion (go you!), Her Universe is currently offering quite the opportunity. Submissions are now open for a fashion collection inspired by the fandoms we know and love, which, if selected, will be featured at San Diego Comic-Con and even sold at Hot Topic stores. How hella awesome is that?

“Twenty-five designers will be selected to compete in the Her Universe Fashion Show at SDCC for the chance to win the opportunity to design a fashion collection with Her Universe that will be sold at Hot Topic—the leading pop culture retailer. This year is extra exciting because the entire process will be filmed for a docu-series to air on the new Comic-Con channel, Comic-Con HQ.”

The deadline is swiftly approaching! You have a little less than a month to submit, and we have complete faith in you. Don’t let this opportunity pass you by! Your work and creativity are valid.

Lovespells

Lovespells

Lovespells is not about coming out, nor does it feature grim themes, body or sexuality negativity, break-ups, persecution, or character death. It’s just about two girls who fall in love by working on magic together.”

In light of recent events—particularly in games and television media—where queer characters and their relationships have been handled very poorly, we’re so happy that Lovespells exists. It’s a comic series heavily inspired by JRPGs and the Tales Of series that features a diverse cast of super sweet characters. This even includes an asexual lead character who isn’t a non-human or robot! Yeah. Seriously.

To help the team out, they’ve provided a handy little promotional post for you to reblog. We all know how important representation is, and Lovespells provides a wonderful respite in an often unforgiving industry. We love what they’re doing!

Oculus
Image courtesy of Oculus

Oculus Launch Pad

Launch Pad is a program designed to support promising VR content creators so they can take their unique ideas and bring them to market, starting with a one-day bootcamp and potentially leading to a fully-realized VR app.”

In an effort to encourage more diverse voices and perspectives in the games industry, Oculus is pioneering the Launch Pad program. With a bootcamp, mentorship, travel stipend, and potential scholarship opportunities, this is a wonderful chance to break into the exciting new world of virtual reality. We’re really heartened to see Oculus offer something like this, and we look forward to seeing the work of all those selected for the program.

Don’t forget! You only have a few days left to apply. Check out the details below for more information, and best of luck in the application process. We’re excited for you to give this a try!

Kaitlin Tremblay
Image courtesy of Kaitlin Tremblay

What Can I Get You?

[Trigger warning: Eating disorders.]

“Food has always been an alienating experience for me, and it wasn’t until meeting someone who loved food that it’s stopped being isolating and terrifying (well, kinda). And this is an experience that I think would be amazing to share via a game.”

Not only is the ever-talented Kaitlin Tremblay (and Jon!) tackling a subject like eating disorders with the game What Can I Get You?, she has decided to offer an opportunity for others to share their experiences as well. This is a truly unique chance to get involved in the development of a game, particularly one pushing for visibility of an often overlooked disorder. More details can be found through the links below regarding what you’ll need to provide.

Also! Donations will be accepted on the Itch.io page once it goes live, and all profits will be split evenly between the contributors. That’s seriously awesome, and we’re really eager to see what What Can I Get You? shapes up to be, especially when you join the team.

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