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Independent Games Summit: The Black Gamic Language


Hype Williams, but for Video Games?!?nnThis presentation speaks to the newfound formation of a Black Gamic Language. In a similar way that Gordon Parks, Marvin Van Peebles, Spike Lee, John Singleton, The Wayans Brothers, Ava DuVernay, Cheryl Dunye, Boots Riley, and Terrance Nance developed what Black TV and movies can be, Spencer Garland, along with other developers, are adding their ideas into what Black games can be. What new inherently Black genres can be added to the medium of video games? What characters or worlds can be created? To reference Andrew Benjamin, "Black game devs have something to say!"nnThis presentation will go over the history of Black life represented in games, understanding media literacy surrounding stereotypical depictions of BIPOC people in games, the history of BIPOC game devs, and who is actively working to dismantle the systems that exclude Black life/joy in the medium. Discourse about BIPOC aesthetics from film and how they can be translated into a gamic medium will also be expressed.

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