Game Devs & Others: Tales from the Margins tell the true stories of life in the industry by people of color, LGBTQIA and other marginalized identities. This collection of essays give people a chance to tell their stories and to let others know what life on the other side of the screen is like when you're not part of the supposed "majority".
Tanya DePass is the founder and Director of I Need Diverse Games, a not-for-profit foundation based in Chicago, that is dedicated to better diversification of all aspects of gaming. She is a lifelong Chicagoan who loves everything about gaming, I Need Diverse Games spawn point, and wants to make it better and more inclusive for everyone. She's the Founder and EIC of the Fresh Out of Tokens podcast, the Diversity Liaison for GaymerX and often speaks on issues of diversity, feminism, race, intersectionality & other topics at conventions. Her writing appears in the Hugo Award winning Uncanny Magazine, Polygon, Vice Gaming, Wiscon Chronicles, Paste Games and other publications.
Chapter 1 Fight-Free Fashion Agency Chapter 2 Alex Zandra Van Chestein Chapter 3 Resistance and Survival Through Community and Horror Chapter 4 Black Unicorn Chapter 5 Lauren Ashlee Comp Chapter 6 The Creative Compulsion: A Reflection Chapter 7 Laundromat vs. Pizza Place Chapter 8 The Prevailing Need to Push for Protagonists of Color Chapter 9 Game Design Is Not a Luxury Chapter 10 Hadeel al-Massari Chapter 11 Steven Spohn Chapter 12 Sunset in the Caves Chapter 13 Distraction and Reaction: On Allies and Terrible Allydom Chapter 14 First Loves and True Representation Chapter 15 Overcoming the Unicorns: Normalizing the "Other" in the Games Industry Chapter 16 The Token Trap Chapter 17 My Own Damn Game Chapter 18 Second Acts Chapter 19 Firmly Rooted and Ain't Goin' Nowhere: Freelancing While WOC Chapter 20 Actualization and Action Chapter 21 When Games Get Political with Me Chapter 22 A Series of Half-Baked Ideas and Quarter-Assed Memes: Why I left Gaming Stories