MEET OUR 2017 ORGANIZERS – CHRISTOPHER GOETZ

Welcome back to our ‘Meet the 2017 Organizers’ series, where we showcase one of our dedicated organizers working behind the scenes of QGCon to make it all happen!

QGCon is right around the corner! We only have 2 more organizers left in the series and this week in the spotlight is Christopher Goetz, volunteering his time and talents to our panels and much more!

 
Pronouns: He/his
What city do you live in?: Iowa City (Iowa) and Berkeley (California)
What identities do you hold?: gay
What are your favorite games?: Dark Souls 3, Minecraft, and Paper Mario
If you could live in any game world, what would it be? Why?: I would live in Paper Mario’s world, and to answer the ‘why,’ I use a quote from Roland Barthes (who imagined dwelling inside an old photograph): “It is as if I were certain of having been there or of going there.”
What about QGcon are you most excited about?: I’m really excited about the chance to see familiar faces (co-organizers, presenters, etc.) as well as new faces in our new conference location. Also,

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MEET OUR 2017 ORGANIZERS – CHUCK ROSLOF

Welcome back to our ‘Meet the 2017 Organizers’ series, where we showcase one of our dedicated organizers working behind the scenes of QGCon to make it all happen!

This week in the spotlight is Chuck Roslof, lending his talents to many areas of QGCon, including organizing our homestays and funding!

 
Pronouns: They/he
What city do you live in?: San Francisco, CA
What identities do you hold?: Queer, bi/pan, something as-yet-uncertain that isn’t a man
What are your favorite games?: The Legend of Zelda series (can’t pick just one), Okami, Metroid Prime, Kirby’s Adventure, Threes, Paper Mario, Age of Mythology
If you could live in any game world, what would it be? Why?: Hmm… not sure. It’d be one that’s cute, colorful, queer, and doesn’t involve a lot of fighting/violence.
What about QGcon are you most excited about?: I’m super excited for all the discussions that will come out of the presentations and workshops we’ll have.

 

Reminder that registration for QGCon is now open! Register before February 3rd and get a cute button!
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Volunteer for QGCon 2017!

The 2017 Queerness and Games Conference (QGCon) is now accepting applications for volunteers!

QGCon is made possible by its wonderful volunteers! Each year, volunteers generously donate their time to help with tasks ranging from registration, to room management, to arcade monitoring. There are a number of time slots and roles to choose from — and all of them help out a lot.

If you are interested in volunteering at QGCon 2017 (Saturday, April 1 & Sunday, April 2), please fill out the following form HERE by WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 22. Our volunteer coordinator will be in touch soon after to coordinate.

Volunteers are also welcome to join us for the Speaker Reception on the evening of Friday, 3/31, which is a great chance to meet amazing designers, academics, and activists.

Thank you in advance for your contribution to the 2017 Queerness and Games Conference!

Live in LA? Be a homestay host for a QGCon speaker!

Each year, QGCon runs a “homestay” program that pairs speakers with local community members for a place to crash free of charge. The goal of the program is to help defray the cost of traveling to the conference and make the event more financially accessible for all. Our wonderful homestay hosts make the program possible.

 

We are currently seeking volunteers to host speakers during QGCon 2017 (April 1 & 2).If you live in the Los Angeles area and have the space to host a visitor for a few nights, we would love to hear from you. To volunteer as a host, simply fill out this form:

https://goo.gl/forms/HqnGzn3RUlIcZFSk1

 

After you submit the form, we will be in touch shortly to confirm your information and to match you with a speaker who has applied to the homestay program. In our experience, hosting a speaker is a great way to meet great people and make new friends.

 

If you are considering volunteering to be a host but have questions before you fill out the form, please feel free to email the QGCon organizers

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CHECK OUT JOHN EPLER’S ABSTRACT FOR HIS DESIGN KEYNOTE @ QGCON 2017

Goodbye 2016 and hello 2017!

For our first blog post of the year, we’re excited to share John Epler’s abstract for his design keynote at QGCon 2017:

The Privilege of Default – Unconscious biases in AAA Games

For AAA games, a space that is still primarily populated by cis het white male devs, ‘default’ can be a dangerous assumption, and one that almost always takes away from diversity, as opposed to building on and embracing it. This unintended bias exists from the moment an idea is first conceived, all the way through to resource allocation and marketing decisions.

A ten year veteran of the AAA space, and the cinematic and narrative presentation lead on the Dragon Age team, John will talk about the lessons that the Dragon Age team has learned about the unconscious biases they all share, how they push back against those biases and how they have learned from the mistakes they’ve made. He will speak to the importance of diversity in the workplace and how, at the end of the day, even the most introspective and well-meaning people can still make mistakes.

    
Reminder that registration is officially open

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Registration for QGCon 2017 is now open!

Registration for the 2017 Queerness and Games Conference is now open! Visit our EventBrite page to register or get more info on our ticket tiers.

*REGISTER EARLY AND GET A SPECIAL GIFT*

If you register by Friday, February 3, you’ll receive a special gift when you check in at the event — a big, beautiful QGCon button that you can wear to show off your queerness and video games pride all year round.

Check out the button design art. You are so going to want one.

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Early registration is strongly recommended. Registering early helps you (it guarantees you a ticket!) and it helps us. The earlier we know you’re coming, the better we can make the event for the whole QGCon community. So thank you, early bird.

Register today! We can’t wait to see you at QGCon 2017.

MEET OUR 2017 ORGANIZERS – JASMINE AGUILAR

Happy holidays and welcome back to our ‘Meet the 2017 Organizers’ series, where we showcase one of our dedicated organizers working behind the scenes of QGCon to make it all happen!

This week in the spotlight is Jasmine Aguilar, lending her talents to our 2017 QGCon Arcade and keeping the website up-to-date!

 
Pronouns: she/her/hers and they/them/theirs
What city do you live in?: Sunny Los Angeles!
What identities do you hold?: I identify as a genderqueer, bisexual, first generation, femme xicanx with a high functioning mental illness
What are your favorite games?: Animal Crossing! Style Savvy: Fashion Forward, TsumTsums, Astoria: Fate’s Kiss, Donkey Kong Country, Left 4 Dead 2, Bayonetta, Overwatch, Mary Kate and Ashley: Magical Mystery Mall…. just to name a few :p
If you could live in any game world, what would it be? Why?: I would either love to live in a super cute, whimsical world like in Tearaway where I could relax, explore, and cuddle with the other magical creatures ORRRR in Overwatch where I was a badass character with a special superpower (and a super cool outfit) helping protect the world.
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CHECK OUT T. L. TAYLOR’S ABSTRACT FOR HER ACADEMIC KEYNOTE @ QGCON 2017

As 2016 comes to a close, the closer we are to QGCon!

This week, we’re excited to share T.L. Taylor’s abstract for her academic keynote at QGCon 2017:

Play as Transformative Work

One of the most powerful lessons the qualitative study of digital gaming has afforded us is a deep look at how players encounter games and platforms and, rather than simply accepting them as given, regularly take them and create something else, something more. The overall pattern is one of transformation. Game communities are avid, dynamic interlocutors with the systems they engage. It could not be otherwise – this is fundamentally what culture does.

Live-streaming, where one broadcasts their gameplay in real-time over the internet to others via platforms such as Twitch, has grown tremendously in recent years. It has become one of our most potent current examples of this socio-technical dynamic. Through my research with variety streamers I have been struck by the level of attention, labor, resources, and creativity they put into making an entertainment product that extends well beyond the formal properties of the game being broadcast. Accomplished live-streamers create compelling performances and productions that capture viewers and keep them engaged

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MEET OUR 2017 ORGANIZERS – CHELSEA HOWE

Welcome back to our ‘Meet the 2017 Organizers’ series, where we showcase one of our dedicated organizers working behind the scenes of QGCon to make it all happen!

This week in the spotlight is Chelsea Howe, lending her talents to our 2017 QGCon Arcade and social media!

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Pronouns: She/Her
What city do you live in?: Austin, TX
What identities do you hold?: Queer / Pansexual
What are your favorite games?: Ecco the Dolphin: Defender of the Future, Shadow of the Colossus, Journey, Grow Home, Glitch, Mass Effect, Minecraft
If you could live in any game world, what would it be? Why?: Journey as a white-scarf? Something that is beautiful and rich and where I can fly. — Perhaps if I could be a hawk in the Shadow of the Colossus world!
What about QGcon are you most excited about?: My favorite part of QGCon is hearing about and playing through experiences that are unfamiliar and often unseen, that resonate with me in a way most of mainstream doesn’t. I also look forward to the discomfort that comes with having my views challenged as

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SUBMIT YOUR GAME TO THE QGCON ARCADE NOW THROUGH DECEMBER 22!

We’re excited to announce submissions for the 2017 Queerness and Games Conference Arcade (April 1 – 2, 2017) are now being accepted! Submissions will be accepted through December 22, and applicants can expect to be notified by January 14, 2017. See the Call for Games here for full details.

As always, QGCon welcomes sessions that bridge creativity and critique. QGCon attendees come from many fields (academia, activism, the games industry), so accessibility and the opportunity for dynamic engagement is key. While the focus of the event is the intersection of LGBTQ issues and video games, the organizers also welcome game submissions that address race, gender, disability, socio-economic class, and other issues of identity.

Not sure whether your game is right for QGCon? Check out our previously featured games here.

We can’t wait to see your games featured in the QGCon Arcade!