I am currently leading a collaborative, participatory research-through-design project that invites diverse participants to lend their perspectives and experiences to a project to explore what inclusive character creation can look like, by default. Games and digital media have become increasingly inclusive, but too often take an additive approach (e.g., just add more skin tones or hairstyles to a familiar system that relies a white male default).
Although discussions about diversity in media have increased in the last 10 years, this sort of work is only worthwhile if people with a diversity of identities, backgrounds, and interests are contributing. In this project, I have taken extra care to recruit participants who identify as part of groups who are historically under-represented, and invited them to participate beyond simply contributing data. Participants have the opportunity to collaborate up and including authorship and recognition on the project site (to be launched at completion).
For more information please reach out to my email found on the contact page.
I am leading a similar a project in structure and intent to the above project, only around accessible physical gaming interfaces (i.e., controllers). There have been only two accessibility controllers made by major game platform manufacturers over the past 40 years. In this project, I am working with participants with diverse physiological capacities to explore what a controller that is more accessible by default might look like.
For more information (or if you are in Southern California and may be interested in contributing) please reach out to my email found on the contact page.
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