Goodbye GAYA: How to use social and financial capital to further diversity initiatives

Colourful words that say game as you are

Finally, major companies in the games industry are starting to catch up with the idea that diversity and inclusion are important. Microsoft has been hosting diversity-focused events and releasing products like the Xbox Adaptive Controller, EA has a public mission statement underpinned by diversity, Blizzard has been leading the charge with their diversity and inclusion initiatives, and Ubisoft had internal training documents ‘leaked’ that show they are teaching employees to unlearn unconscious biases and to become more inclusive. Just to name a few.

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Monster Love: Why we love non-human representation

Monster Prom start screen.

It’s easy to feel like a monster when you’re different from those around you. Being part of a society that has expectations on who you should be, how you behave, and how you present can leave a person feeling like something other than human.

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Metal Gear Solid and those little details that matter

Androgynous character with hair under their arms.

You are thirteen years old and latina, an age where a lot of things happen. Suddenly you start wondering why everyone looks so different from you. Is not only the skin colour but the hair.

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Why language matters even if nobody is offended

A blackboard with phrases written in different languages on it, and a child writing on it.

It is an incredibly bold move to assume nobody is offended. If you are spouting off slurs of any kind, or allowing them to exist in a place you have influence over, do you really think a person who’s hurt, offended, or triggered by that language is going to come forward and tell you that?

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Accessibility as an on-disc issue

A set of signs in a venue indicating toilets and accessible toilets.

The ability for developers to supply patches for their games across all consoles was and still is groundbreaking. Bug fixes. Extra content. More options. There’s so many things available to us now that may not have been available years ago. But for some of us, for various reasons, these options aren’t available and we’re left with whatever is on the disc at launch.

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