Challenge of Diversity competition

Games for Change and Interlude Launch Interactive Storytelling Competition

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If you’re a game designer, visual novelist, or filmmaker interested in interactive storytelling and diversity, this may be the opportunity for you. Games for Change and Interlude, makers of the Treehouse authoring platform, are teaming up to sponsor an interactive storytelling competition called The Challenge of Diversity. Competitors will create an interactive video series to discuss “the opportunities, difficulties, and complexities of living in the most diverse country on Earth.” Read More

Assassin's Creed Syndicate

Assassin’s Creed Introduces First Transgender Character In The Series

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Assassin’s Creed Syndicate, the latest entry in the Assassin’s Creed franchise, will feature the series’ first transgender character. Ned Wynert is a trans man who will act as one of the game’s quest givers in support of protagonist twin siblings Jacob and Evie Frye.

The choice is part of a general push for more diversity in Ubisoft’s games, according to creative director Marc-Alexis Côté. Last year Ubisoft came under heavy criticism for the studio’s remarks about including female characters (or, more specifically, not including female characters). Côté spoke with Eurogamer recently, saying that “inclusiveness is something that’s super important for us as a team.  “We’ve made a good push towards diversity and how we approach different subjects in the game.” Read More

LOFT Fellowships For Young Game Designers Open

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The LOFT (Leaders on the Fast Track) Video Game Innovation Fellowship is now accepting applications from young game designers. Created by the ESA (Entertainment Software Association) and the HHF (Hispanic Heritage Foundation), the LOFT Fellowship is awarded to 20 young people from ages 15 to 25 for vision, creativity, and “their games’ potential to spur change in their communities.”
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