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Polygamer – A Podcast of Equality & Diversity in Gaming & Video Games

Polygamer – A Podcast of Equality & Diversity in Gaming & Video Games

Author: Ken Gagne of Gamebits

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Polygamer is a monthly audio podcast that encourages and celebrates equality and diversity in gaming by interviewing voices pushing for change. By speaking with traditionally marginalized voices, host Ken Gagne of Gamebits provides a platform to discuss problems and seek perspective on matters of sexism, racism, ableism, ageism, and more, within our industry, our community, and our games. Polygamer airs the second Wednesday of every month.
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Dr. T.L. Taylor is a professor at M.I.T. and the author of several books, including Watch Me Play – Twitch and the Rise of Game Live Streaming. Her ethnographic research into esports and online game streaming have led her to co-found AnyKey, an advocacy organization that supports diversity, inclusion, and equity in competitive gaming; and […] The post Polygamer #105: T.L. Taylor on Twitch streaming first appeared on Polygamer - A Podcast of Equality & Diversity in Gaming & Video Games.
Creatrix Tiara is a shenaniganist — one who performs in a variety of media and activities, from spoken word to interactive storytelling to sleight of hand to event organizing. Tiara performs as Queer Lady Magician, has been a writer for such games as Here’s Your Fuckin’ Papers and What The $!#&@! Do They Need Now?, and […] The post Polygamer #104: Creatrix Tiara first appeared on Polygamer - A Podcast of Equality & Diversity in Gaming & Video Games.
Jordan Jones-Brewster is the narrative designer of We should talk., a short-form narrative game available for Steam and consoles. During a single night at a local bar, players will interact with several characters while maintaining a conversation with their girlfriend via text message. Using an innovative “sentence spinner”, players can choose from dozens of responses […] The post Polygamer #103: Jordan Jones-Brewster of We should talk. first appeared on Polygamer - A Podcast of Equality & Diversity in Gaming & Video Games.
Jason Oda is the designer and developer of Waking, a game that uses gamers’ personal memories as weapons in the fight to awaken from a coma. As players explore the landscape of their subconscious, they are prompted to meditate and reflect on their experiences, choosing the memories that will strengthen them and fight alongside them. […] The post Polygamer #102: Jason Oda of Waking first appeared on Polygamer - A Podcast of Equality & Diversity in Gaming & Video Games.
Parents are raising the next generation of gamers — but let’s give some self-care to the current generation, too. How do we hold onto our identity as gamers after becoming parents? When do we find time for our favorite hobby, and how does having children change what games we’re playing? At PAX East 2020, I […] The post Polygamer #101: Gaming After Kids at PAX East 2020 first appeared on Polygamer - A Podcast of Equality & Diversity in Gaming & Video Games.
Sarah Elmaleh is an actor and voiceover artist best known for her work in video games, including indie titles Gone Home, Read Only Memories, and Pyre, to AAA titles Final Fantasy XV, Gears 5, and Anthem. Her credits also include radio dramas and on-screen performances such as Hey Ash Whatcha Playin’?. Last year saw the […] The post Polygamer #100: Voice actor Sarah Elmaleh first appeared on Polygamer - A Podcast of Equality & Diversity in Gaming & Video Games.
Dr. Dana Plank is a ludomusicologist, devoted to the study of video game music and sound. She has researched how game audio is used to represent disability, sensuality, gender, and exoticism, and she has been interviewed for books, podcasts, and MAGFest panels about games including Final Fantasy VI, Super Mario Bros. 3, and Super Mario […] The post Polygamer #99: Ludomusicologist Dr. Dana Plank first appeared on Polygamer - A Podcast of Equality & Diversity in Gaming & Video Games.
Nic Tompkins-Hughes has been a freelance writer, company administrator, and panel moderator in the games industry. They are currently raising the next generation of gamers, empowering them to explore gaming, gender, sexuality, and orientation on their own terms. Nic also identifies as transmasculine and is transitioning to non-binary, enjoying the newfound confidence that comes with […] The post Polygamer #98: Nic Tompkins-Hughes first appeared on Polygamer - A Podcast of Equality & Diversity in Gaming & Video Games.
Dr. Carly Kocurek is an associate professor of digital humanities and media studies at the Illinois Institute of Technology. Her work in the analysis and preservation of games includes Save Point, a zine about the history of video games whose second issue is currently being crowdfunded on Kickstarter. She is also researching the “Games for […] The post Polygamer #97: Dr. Carly Kocurek of Save Point & Games for Girls first appeared on Polygamer - A Podcast of Equality & Diversity in Gaming & Video Games.
Caspian Whistler is the founder and creative director of A Profound Waste of Time, an independent magazine inspired by video games. Each issue is available in hardcopy only, and each page is uniquely illustrated, combining prose and design from renowned gaming journalists, critics, and developers into a thoughtful collection of essays. The first issue of […] The post Polygamer #96: Caspian Whistler of A Profound Waste of Time first appeared on Polygamer - A Podcast of Equality & Diversity in Gaming & Video Games.
Dr. Jessica Hebert is a placentologist and nerdy musician with the PDX Broadsides, a Portland, Oregon-based pop-folk trio. Their recent, debut East Coast tour featured songs about Nathan Fillion, Settlers of Catan, and mental health. Jessica is now back home, where she continues her work studying the role of the placenta (the human body’s only […] The post Polygamer #95: Dr. Jessica Hebert of the PDX Broadsides first appeared on Polygamer - A Podcast of Equality & Diversity in Gaming & Video Games.
Jeri Ellsworth recently launched the Kickstarter for Tilt Five, a mixed-reality headset and game board. Its proprietary approach to augmented reality allows gamers to bring Dungeons & Dragons, racing, pinball, and other games to life, using either symmetrical or asymmetrical gameplay, both locally and online. Having successfully reached its crowdfunding goal of $450,000 in just […] The post Polygamer #94: Jeri Ellsworth of Tilt Five first appeared on Polygamer - A Podcast of Equality & Diversity in Gaming & Video Games.
Dr. Aurit Lazerus, PsyD, is gamer and board game geek with a private clinical practice in Providence, Rhode Island. She uses playfulness and creativity to help her patients feel more understood, connected, balanced, self-aware, and empowered. In this podcast, we chat about the mental health benefits of video games; what playfulness can look like, and […] The post Polygamer #93: Dr. Aurit Lazerus on playfulness first appeared on Polygamer - A Podcast of Equality & Diversity in Gaming & Video Games.
Bobbi Augustine Sand is the game designer and author of Knife Sisters, a visual novel published by Transcenders Media. In Knife Sisters, players assume the role of Leo, a non-binary twenty-something exploring BDSM relationships and the occult. Players navigate this black-and-white world by choosing who to spend time with, what kink to explore, and how […] The post Polygamer #92: Bobbi A Sand of Transcenders Media first appeared on Polygamer - A Podcast of Equality & Diversity in Gaming & Video Games.
Alicia Caillier is a product manager at Harmonix Music Systems, developer of music-rhythm video games such as Rock Band, Guitar Hero, Amplitude, and Frequency. Their most recent release is Dance Central for Oculus, the first virtual-reality entry in the long-running Dance Central series. For the first time, players can go online and explore a virtual […] The post Polygamer #91: Alicia Caillier of Harmonix Music Systems first appeared on Polygamer - A Podcast of Equality & Diversity in Gaming & Video Games.
Athena Z Peters is the founder and co-owner of Adventure Pub, a gaming gastropub located in the suburbs of Boston in Arlington, Massachusetts. Friends, families, and strangers can order from a full food and drink menu, borrow from a library of 400 board games, card games, and role-playing games, and even reserve event space for […] The post Polygamer #90: Athena Z Peters of Adventure Pub first appeared on Polygamer - A Podcast of Equality & Diversity in Gaming & Video Games.
TQ is a Twitch variety streamer and Take This Ambassador. Her channel frequently hosts charity streams in support mental health, children’s hospitals, and other non-profits close to her heart. This advocacy recently extended to PAX East, where TQ appeared on the panel “Avoiding Burnout in Creative Professions“, speaking from her experience working 60+ hours a […] The post Polygamer #89: Twitch variety streamer SlyTQ first appeared on Polygamer - A Podcast of Equality & Diversity in Gaming & Video Games.
The tenth annual PAX East was held last month, and I was honored to host two panels of brilliant speakers. One, “The Return of Couch Play”, can be seen and heard on the IndieSider podcast. The other was “The Art of Craft: Inspiring Game Creations”, featured on this week’s Polygamer podcast. Video games are art […] The post Polygamer #88: The Art of Craft at PAX East 2019 first appeared on Polygamer - A Podcast of Equality & Diversity in Gaming & Video Games.
Tifa Robles is the author of The Explorers of Azullucent, a young-adult fantasy novel currently on Kickstarter. Over 16 years in the making, this book features a trio of diverse female protagonists on an epic adventure of discovery. Tifa is no stranger to writing, being a regular contributor to the board game website Tabletop-Test. Her […] The post Polygamer #87: Tifa Robles and The Explorers of Azullucent first appeared on Polygamer - A Podcast of Equality & Diversity in Gaming & Video Games.
Geneviève “Eve” Leblanc is the community manager and QA tester for Clever Endeavour Games, developer of Ultimate Chicken Horse, a multiplayer, multiplatform game. UCH’s community has grown with the game’s original Windows release in 2016, PS4 and Xbox One debut in 2017, and Nintendo Switch port in 2018. Since last year, Eve has fostered this […] The post Polygamer #86: Eve Leblanc of Clever Endeavour Games first appeared on Polygamer - A Podcast of Equality & Diversity in Gaming & Video Games.
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