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Saturday, November 12 • 14:00 - 14:45
Diversity in Games

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In recent times, questions of diversity and inclusiveness have become key concerns for the videogame industry, academia and gamers in general. With the growng appeal of videogames worldwide, there is an increasing need to address how this comparatively young entertainment medium reflects or go counter to the spirit of diversity and tolerance in the stereotypes some of the games perpetuate as well as the people it often excludes and includes. With a generally Western-bias in the popular videogame blockbusters since the very early days of the industry, it is important for Indians to voice our thoughts and the NGDC panel offers the first-ever (arguably) such platform. This panel is an open roundtable discussion that will address questions of diversity related to a vast array of issues addressed by expert panellists and later, in a q&a session with the audience. We look forward to your participation. 

Moderators
avatar for Dr. Souvik Mukherjee

Dr. Souvik Mukherjee

Assistant Professor of English Literature, Presidency University, Kolkata
Dr Souvik Mukherjee obtained his PhD from Nottingham Trent University, UK on videogames and storytelling and has been researching this topic from 2001, the very early days of Games Studies as a discipline worldwide and certainly, its very beginning in India. Souvik’s main interests are time, endings and the portrayal of Indian concepts (such as karma) in videogames. His book Videogames and Storytelling: Reading Games and Playing Books has... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Padmini Ray Murray

Dr. Padmini Ray Murray

Academian, Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology
Dr Padmini Ray Murray teaches digital humanities at the Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology and enjoys talking about, writing about and working on and around games. Padmini worked as narrative designer and producer of the game prototype, Meghdoot (2013) in partnership with Quicksand Gameslab, which was exhibited at the Unbox Festival, Gamecity Nottingham and at the Alchemy Festival at the Southbank Centre in... Read More →
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Marcus Toftedahl

Game Designer, Lecturer, Researcher, University of Skovde, Sweden
Marcus Toftedahl is a games researcher, developer and lecturer at the University of Skövde, Sweden. His main competences lies within game design and narrative design, both from a development and research perspective. His main research interests are within serious games, gamification and the processes found behind game development - all from an inclusive game development perspective. Marcus has worked at the University of Skövde since... Read More →


Saturday November 12, 2016 14:00 - 14:45
1.05-1.06 HICC, Hi-tec City, Hyderabad

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