I’m honoured and excited to say I shall soon be speaking in public for the first time, at the Nine Worlds Geekfest in August! I have no idea how one is supposed to do a good job of announcing this sort of thing, so I’ll cut straight to the details.
Nine Worlds Geekfest is a new style of geek convention – I think of it as a combination of Redemption/Eastercon and MCM Expo types of events. It seems Nine Worlds will have a fairly large attendance compared to the sci-fi cons some may be used to, and its subject matter is much broader too. There are programmed events covering video games, but also Game of Thrones, Doctor Who and Torchwood, knitting and geek academia, to name but a few. Nine Worlds also has a keen focus upon diversity and inclusion, so many tracks (including the video games one) will feature discussion about feminism, LGBT content and the representation of disabilities, both in the media we enjoy and the studios making it all.
I’ll be involved in two panels, both running on the Saturday as part of the video games and ‘queer’ fandom tracks. I have the information as it stands, and will try to keep this up to date, but it should go without saying that you’re better off checking Nine Worlds’ own programme for details.
Games for Us: The Rise of LGBT and Feminist Indie Gaming
Cara Ellison, Laura Kate Dale, Peter Silk, Gemma Thomson, Maki Yamazaki
Saturday, August the 10th | 5pm | Somerset Room, The Renaissance Hotel
Video games offer the potential to create and explore an infinite range of worlds, stories and characters – so where’s the LGBT and feminist representation? While the mainstream is grappling with growing demand for diversity, independent developers are taking advantage of increasingly accessible technology to present games that challenge assumptions. Are you looking for games that speak to your experience, or is there a game you love and think other queer and feminist fans should know about? Come and hear from the people who make and play games that deal with gender and sexuality, and bring your questions and recommendations to share with the audience.
Getting into the Industry
Laura Kate Dale, Esther McCallum-Stewart, Gemma Thomson
Saturday, August the 10th | 6:45pm | Radisson Royal Suite A&B (Radisson Hotel)
So you’ve made a game. Or, maybe you want to make part of a game with someone else. Or maybe you just want to write about all the great things gaming is and could be. If you’re a bit stuck about where to go from here, come listen to our panelists talk about the routes they took to get into the games industry.
I look forward to seeing you there! If you haven’t already got tickets but fancy the look of Nine Worlds, you can find information on the convention’s website and on Lanyrd. I also recommend that you follow the video games culture track on Twitter, at @9W_VGCulture.
Featured image: “Gamer” by ‘Dprotz’.