GX Aus 2017

GX Aus 2017

Boy, this blog sure is getting dusty, huh? I think I saw a cobweb over in the corner. The spider seemed comfy though, so I figured I’d let it be.

Anyway, hi! Welcome back to, well, my blog. I really would like to update this more. We’ll see how that goes. Right now, I have a very good excuse to update. You see, a couple of weeks ago, I got to attend the second GX Australia, a gaming and nerd culture convention with a focus on diversity and inclusion. You may recall in 2016 I was a Boss (guest) of Honour, and while I was not so honoured this year, I was a speaker, and had a wonderful time.

I sure do love the sound of my own voice, let me tell you. I was scheduled for six panels over two days, though circumstances conspired to drop that down to five. Which is still entirely too much.

There’s a lot to be said for spending time among fellow queers, in an environment where it’s normal not to assume pronouns or sexuality, and to have a platform to actually be honest and open about some of the more complicated parts of my life. I have so many friends who attend these events and even though my time was limited, it’s so nice to get to connect, even briefly.

There’s something bittersweet about this year being the last year, but it’s understandably a monumentally difficult event to organise. I’m glad I got to attend both times.

I don’t want to ramble too much today, but I do want to share a little bit of good news. The talks were all recorded, and so even if you didn’t get to attend, you do get to watch me make an arse of myself online. I think I love the spotlight just a little too much… Well, too late to change it now. So, enjoy!

Talk 1: HARDER. BETTER. FASTER. STRONGER. — SELF-CARE TIPS FOR DIVERSE PEEPS

A chance to talk about self care in a difficult industry. Also probably the panel I took the most seriously.

Talk 2: WHY DO QUEERS LOVE ROBOTS SO DANG MUCH?!

Very fun. Why DO queers love robots so much? I have my theories, and so do several other smart and engaging people.

Talk 3: NARRATIVE DESIGN IN GAMES

In which I talk about my profession with other people who are very good at the things I do.

Talk 4: THE A IS NOT FOR ALLY

My personal baby. This one meant a lot to me, and I am so smitten with my panelists. If you only watch one of my talks, please watch this one.

Talk 5: MODERN VISUAL NOVELS: AN UNEXPECTED HAVEN FOR MINORITY GAMERS?

I love writing VNs. We talk about what makes them so popular for more diverse gamers.

And that’s it for this convention. It’s not often talks get recorded, so this was a very nice treat. I hope you enjoy them!

And remember as always, I can’t do anything that I do, be that writing, creating or speaking at conventions, without your support. Give me feedback, thank me if you enjoyed my work, and if you can, maybe chip in a dollar or two, or buy something I worked hard to make?

Love, Snow

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