We’re proud to announce that the Queerness and Games Conference was a huge success. We received glowing praise and many hugs from a wide array of attendees — but much, much more importantly, we were honored to help create a space for open, innovative, and inspiring discussion. We learned so much, and we were thrilled to see people learning so much from each other. Let us say one more, resounding thank you to everyone who made the event both possible and wonderful.
If you weren’t able to make it to the conference, or you missed a session while you were attending another, good news! Our live stream footage, broken down talk by talk, is now available. If you’re wondering what the conference was all about, check out our opening and closing panels. If you’re interested in the intersection of queer theory and games theory, try our keynotes and featured speakers. Coming from the industry side? Look for our talks on changing development.
Enjoy the talks, and be sure to join us next year for QGCon 2014!
The much-awaited schedule for The Queerness and Games Conference is now available. Join us for any or all of our amazing sessions, which include talks, panels, workshops — even an arcade. For more on the speakers, see their bios here.
Here are the basics: We’ll be bringing you sessions from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Saturday, 10/26 and Sunday, 10/27 in UC Berkeley’s South Hall. On Saturday night from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm we’re hosting a free pizza dinner and outdoor night games party, on-campus location TBA. Speakers and volunteers are invited to a eat-and-mingle dinner Friday night at 7:00 pm in the BCNM commons.
We encourage YOU to add your voice to the conversation. On Sunday from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm QGC is hosting “micro-talks,” a session where any attendee can speak on the topic of their choice for 5-10 minutes. Join in!
Please remember to register. We can’t wait to see you there.
The full list of amazing game devs, indies, and scholars presenting at QGCon in just a few weeks (Saturday and Sunday, October 26th and 27th, in Berkeley’s South Hall) is now up — and damn is it a party of awesome. We are so happy to be bringing you this formidable selection of voices from across the industry and academia. See their bios here.
These 36 speakers will be offering up an array of talks, panels, and workshops on all things queerness and games. Sessions run from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday. A full schedule with abstracts and bios will be up shortly. Remember to register so we know to expect your shining face. We can’t wait to see you there!
Samantha Allen (featured speaker)
Jack Halberstam (keynote)
Colleen Macklin (keynote)
Adrienne Shaw (featured speaker)
Joli St. Patrick
Kathryn Bond Stockton (keynote)
The Queerness and Games Conference is seeking game submissions for the QGCon Arcade – a showcase of queer, subversive, and different games or games created by queer-identified authors.
Accepted games will be on display for the duration of the two day conference in Berkeley, from October 26th-27th, 2013.
Submissions should include a playable version of the game – either a standalone file for mac or PC, a testflight link for mobile submissions, or a URL for browser-based games. Creators should also feel free to submit physical games either as rulesets with pictures of the physical components required (if any). Should we select a game with physical components, QGCon will pay for the cost of shipping the components here and back. If you have a game that does not fit into any of these categories, please submit a description.
Please also include a Creator Bio, Headshot, Screenshots (or Images of/related to the game), and Artist’s Statement (if desired) to be displayed by the game.
Games can be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Deadline for Submission is Saturday, October 5th.
We’ll be releasing the full schedule and list of speakers for QGC any day now, but in the meantime we wanted to tell you all the juicy basics:
When: 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, October 26 and 27
Where: South Hall, UC Berkeley
Who: Keynotes Jack Halberstam, Colleen Macklin, Kathryn Bond Stockton
Also: Pizza and night games! 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Saturday, 10/26 Moffitt Library.
For speakers and volunteers: Dinner and drinks, courtesy of Berkeley Center for New Media. 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Friday, 10/25 at the BCNM Commons, 340 Moffitt.
Remember, registration is free but required. Register now and join us next month!
We’re proud to be welcoming QGC presenters and attendees from both across the Bay Area and across the country! If you’re traveling to the conference and wondering how to get to Berkeley and where to stay, here are some ideas:
Berkeley is accessible by public transportation from both the San Francisco and Oakland airports. BART trains run to a stop close to campus from around the whole Bay Area. Parking near Berkeley campus is limited; however, parking is readily available in other areas of Berkeley.
Due to the accessibility of public transportation, those looking for hotel rooms have a number of options. Hotels along Berkeley’s University Avenue are within walking or bus distance to campus. In addition, hotels near the BART line in San Francisco (many are in the Union Square area) would also be convenient.
The main conference presentations are being held in Berkeley’s historic South Hall, home to the School of Information. This campus map can help guide you once you reach the university. Feel free to contact the conference organizers for more information — and see you in October!
We received a wonderful pool of submissions for our July 1 submission deadline. Thank you to all those who submitted.
In hopes of encouraging a wider range of participants, we’ve extended our deadline until July 25. While we’re excited about all elements of the conference, at the moment we’re particularly interested in workshops, panels, and discussions – especially those proposed by developers and other artists. Remember that the type of session you can propose is open to interpretation and creativity. Full submission guidelines can be found on our “submit” page.
Developers and artists, we’re looking forward to hearing from you!
July 1, the deadline for submitting a proposal for year’s Queerness and Games Conference, is fast approaching. Have you sent your idea to the organizers yet? You should! Everyone is encouraged to submit, and all types of presentations will be considered. Add your voice to the discussion, ’cause we want to hear from you.
You’ll find the submission guidelines here. The short version: email your idea, in something like 300 words, to qgconference [at] gmail.com. Tell us about your presentation, your topic, and what you want the audience to take away. Feel free to get creative. Analysis isn’t just about reading, writing, and talking; sometimes it’s about running with scissors.
Good news! Thanks to the overwhelming response, The Queerness and Games Conference is expanding its scope: featuring more speakers, more sessions, and welcoming more attendees than previously anticipated. That means more conference for you, and more of you who can come to the conference.
We’ve increased our Event Brite registration cap from 100 people to 400. If you haven’t registered yet and you’re planning to attend or submit a proposal, please do sign up as soon as possible to secure a spot and help us estimate things like room size and schedules. Remember, QGCon is free and open to the public. Come one, come all, and sign up today!
QGCon is now accepting submissions for our 2013 conference on Saturday and Sunday, October 26th and 27th, at Berkeley’s Center for New Media.
The Queerness and Games Conference brings together academics and developers to embark on an innovative and interdisciplinary exploration of the intersection between LGBT issues and video games. The event will combine traditional paper presentations and panels with design discussions and creative workshops. Main focuses will include LGBT representation in games, LGBT concerns in the games industry, and the newly forming scholarly field of queer games studies.
Academics and game-related professionals from all disciplines are welcome to submit proposals for talks, panels, or experimental sessions.
Submission Deadline is July 1st.
Please see our official Call for Submissions for more details.