In 2020, we can all agree that representation is important. Having games from different cultures with characters of different backgrounds, ethnicities, religions, abilities, and sexualities enriches the art form. But representation is only one hurdle to overcome—there’s more to diversity than visibility. For the month of February, the Sidequest crew is chatting about representations of culture, including what games get it right and what games have a ways to go. (more…)
Melissa Brinks is Sidequest’s editor in chief, co-creator of the Fake Geek Girls podcast, author of The Compendium of Magical Beasts, and an aspiring beekeeper. She once won an argument on the internet, and tweets at @MelissaBrinks.
Meam Genovaña and Crown Patalinghog make up the team behind Mamayani, an RPG dedicated to the unspoken revolutionary heroines of Filipino history.
The game takes place during the tumultuous period of the Japanese and later American occupation of the Philippines. Players take on the role of a young girl faced with a heavy task that inevitably intertwines her with several historical figures, such as Concepción Felix, a human rights activist and founder of Asociación Feminista Filipina (Filipina Feminist Association), one of the first feminist-dedicated organizations in the Philippines.
Both Meam Genovaña and Crown Patalinghog were able to provide their time to discuss the project and the lasting, educational impact they hope to achieve with it. (more…)
Elvie somehow finds bliss in purposefully complicating the art of storytelling and undertaking the painful practice of animation. If you see her on Twitter at @lvmaeparian, she is doing neither of those things. She currently helps with managing the socials to ensure that the secret recipe will never be revealed.