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Really Cool Game About Diversity

Monday, December 8th, 2014

Most of the time, games for learning do a terrible job of being fun and fall flat on their face. But every now and then a gem appears that really teaches you something powerful, and it does it in a way that would otherwise not be possible without the interactivity of a game system. A co-worker of mine just shot out this really cool link for a game that teaches us some very powerful lessons on diversity:

Parable of the Polygons (http://ncase.me/polygons/)

Here’s a brief summary of what it teaches: Small individual biases can lead to a large collective bias, and it takes effort rather than simply tolerating the status quo to be able to make real change happen. The simulation is based off of the work Thomas Schelling did to demonstrate racial segregation patterns, though it can be applied to any kind of diversity. If that interests you, take 10 min and play with the simulations on the page.

Hope you enjoy it and learn as much as I did! :)

I am super excited for GaymerX2!!!

Thursday, March 20th, 2014

So last year I had the chance to go to GaymerX and it was truly the most awesome conference I’ve ever been to. I enjoy GDC, PAX, PAX East, SIEGE Con, etc … but I have always felt maybe just a little out of place in all of those just because I’m gay. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve never experienced homophobia at any of them, but I also wouldn’t have felt 100% comfortable going up to a guy I find attractive and saying “Hey man, wanna grab a coffee and talk about which boss is best to fight first in Mega Man 2?”

GaymerX changed that for me. I didn’t even know it was missing in my life. I knew I always felt a little out of place as a gay guy at gamer cons, and I knew I always felt a little out of place as a gamer at gay events (don’t get me started on West Hollywood bars…). But I didn’t realize the sheer magnitude of just how out of place I felt in both of these worlds until I went to GaymerX. It was like a whole new world opened up for me. There has literally never been a time and place where I felt more comfortable being me – a total geek gaymer!!

Needless to say, I am super stoked about GaymerX2 (http://www.gaymerx.com/) and I can’t wait for July! I had so much fun at the last one, and I have full confidence that this next one will be just as incredible! Here’s to gayming!! *lifts glass of red wine*