Goodbye 2016 and hello 2017!
For our first blog post of the year, we’re excited to share John Epler’s abstract for his design keynote at QGCon 2017:
The Privilege of Default – Unconscious biases in AAA Games
For AAA games, a space that is still primarily populated by cis het white male devs, ‘default’ can be a dangerous assumption, and one that almost always takes away from diversity, as opposed to building on and embracing it. This unintended bias exists from the moment an idea is first conceived, all the way through to resource allocation and marketing decisions.
A ten year veteran of the AAA space, and the cinematic and narrative presentation lead on the Dragon Age team, John will talk about the lessons that the Dragon Age team has learned about the unconscious biases they all share, how they push back against those biases and how they have learned from the mistakes they’ve made. He will speak to the importance of diversity in the workplace and how, at the end of the day, even the most introspective and well-meaning people can still make mistakes.
Reminder that registration is officially open for QGCon 2017! Register by February 3rd and get a super beautiful QGCon button!