Posted on January 29, 2017 by Flames
The goal of many game designers is to attract and retain players who want to see themselves as the hero in their own story. To do that, game writers lend their talents to portray characters whose gender, sexual orientation, religion, racial heritage, or other aspect of identity might differ from their own.
Many game writers work within a team-based environment or with a developer, and are optimistic but fearful of what good representation means. Worried they’ll present a character wrong, offend players for their effort, get harassed or be fired for speaking up, some game writers opt to take the safe route instead.
It is possible to design characters and game material from a position of mutual respect in a sensitive and convincing way. This workshop can start you on the path to doing just that.
Writing Inclusive Games: Creating RPGs Sans Fail teaches game writers crucial skills and industry knowledge to facilitate better representation. Instructors Monica Valentinelli, from FlamesRising.com, and K. Tempest Bradford will cover Stereotypes and Tropes related to Race and Ethnicity, Disability, Gender and Sexuality, Religion, Class, and more, plus strategies for building characters and worlds while avoiding engaging in stereotypes or cultural appropriation. The course covers tips and tricks to addressing problems on your team, how to better facilitate conversation with your game developer, and sample art notes that are occasionally asked of writers.
The class is appropriate for all game writers from all backgrounds and any skill level.
All classes take place in an online seminar room and can be accessed from Mac, Windows, or Linux computer, Chromebooks, Android smartphones and tablets, and the iPhone or iPad.
Students who would benefit from this class but don’t have the financial means to attend are welcome to apply for a scholarship via the class page or check out the payment options. For details on eligibility and more information including syllabus, schedule, instructor bios, and more, please visit WritingTheOther.com.