[IGDA Albany] The Pragmatism of Inclusivity: Social Justice in the Gaming Industry (September 5th, 7:00 PM)

IGDA Albany usually has a professional talk every 1st Wednesday of the month. This month, Muse en Lystrala will present “The Pragmatism of Inclusivity: Social Justice in the Gaming Industry.”.

The talk will begin at 7 pm; feel free to come in as early as 6 or stay until 9 if you’d like to mingle.

Talk Details

In this frank and open talk, gamer and musician Muse en Lystrala focuses not on the moral considerations of social justice, but the practicality of its inclusion in the gaming industry. Relaying industry statistics and both personal anecdotes and others’ stories of successes and failures relating to the paradigm of social justice, Muse illustrates how the pragmatism of inclusivity has benefited both individuals and companies – and how it can positively transform and expand the gaming industry.

About the Speaker

Muse en Lystrala is a musician, writer, artist, and humanities scholar. She is the director of classical ensemble Geek Musica – an ensemble specializing in the performance of video game and film music – for which she arranges works and performs on voice, viola, and percussion. Earlier this year, she began composing for video games. She is the progenitor of darkwave/EBM project Sirenne and the lead singer and programmer of symphonic metal band Crown of Melusine. Muse teaches music and acrylic painting, and undertakes regular modeling work for several local art classes. Originally from Providence, Rhode Island, she resides in Albany with three cats, many musical instruments, and far too many tubes of paint.

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IGDA Albany – Inclusive Game Space (December 7)

As part of the regular schedule, we’ll be re-posting descriptions for the Albany IGDA talks that occur at TVGS on the first Wednesday of every month. This month’s speaker is Amanda Stevens.

What does an Inclusive Game Space look like?

With all the talk of Safe Spaces these days, what does an actual inclusive game space look like? Join Amanda Stevens as she breaks down what a safe space is supposed to be and why inclusivity in game spaces matter.

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June Social Night: Pre-River Jam Edition (June 10, 2015)

With River Jam coming right around the corner, let’s celebrate the moment with a nice social night! Let’s have some fun talking about games, development, and other cool news. You can bring some games in, too, to cool down from the hot summer.

Got a project to show off? Bring it in, and let’s play it! Is Splatoon as good as the reviews say? Let us know! Want to bring your own VR? Everyone and every gaming news, projects, ideas, and gadgets are welcome!

As usual, please RSVP in the Facebook event or Meetup below:

June Social Night: Pre-River Jam Edition

Wednesday, Jun 10, 2015, 6:00 PM

Tech Valley Game Space
291 River St, Suite 304 (3rd floor) Troy, NY

8 Space Cadets Went

With River Jam coming right around the corner, let’s celebrate the moment with a nice social night! Let’s have some fun talking about games, development, and other cool news. You can bring some games in, too, to cool down from the hot summer.Got a project to show off? Bring it in, and let’s play it! Is Splatoon as good as the reviews say? Let us k…

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#include Game Jam and other group project Meetup (May 27, 2015)

Next Wednesday (the last Wednesday of the month) will be our first group project monthly meeting, completing this month’s weekly meetings with different topic each week. Administrative tasks listed under our tasks list. This week, we’ll discuss the progress being made with the Diversity Game Jam, as well as the lesson plans for the Arts Center. RPI’s Game Fest will be in the discussion as well.

As usual, please RSVP in the Facebook event or Meetup below:

#include Game Jam and other group project Meetups

Wednesday, May 27, 2015, 6:00 PM

Tech Valley Game Space
291 River St, Suite 304 (3rd floor) Troy, NY

4 Space Cadets Attending

Have a group project to to work on? This is a great time to meet up with all the team members and discuss what progress has been made on your project, as well as ask other developers to play-test and provide feedback on improving your team game. Additionally, this meeting will double as an administrative meeting where officers and interested member…

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Regular Weekly Meeting (February 25, 2015)

Our regular weekly meeting this week will continue the discussion on how to conduct a game jam focused on diversity, as well as Troy Night Out. Everyone is invited to join in!

As usual, please RSVP at Meetup in the link below:

Regular Weekly Meeting

Wednesday, Feb 25, 2015, 6:00 PM

Tech Valley Game Space
291 River St, Suite 304 (3rd floor) Troy, NY

3 Space Cadets Attending

This week, we’ll have the regular weekly meeting, continuing the Diversity Game Jam discussion as well as other topics including distributing flyers and GDC preparation.We will also be discussing plans for our first interactive showcase night at The Arts Center of the Capital Region, which will take place during Troy Night out on Friday, February …

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Regular Weekly Meeting (February 18, 2015)

We will return to our regular weekly meeting next Wednesday at 6:00 PM EST here at Tech Valley Game Space. This time, we will brainstorm on how to conduct a game jam focused on diversity. Everyone is invited to join in!

As usual, please RSVP at Meetup in the link below:

Regular weekly meeting

Wednesday, Feb 18, 2015, 6:00 PM

Tech Valley Game Space
291 River St, Suite 304 (3rd floor) Troy, NY

1 Space Cadets Attending

We’re having a regular weekly meeting this week. This time, we’ll be brainstorming on how to prepare and conduct our own game jam focused on diversity.

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