Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

4th South Bay Conference on Gender: Gender & Video Games

January 26th, 2017

San José, CA – The San José State University Gender Equity Center is proud to present the 4th South Bay Conference on Gender: Gender & Video Games (GenVidCon), on Saturday April 8th. GenVidCon seeks to explore the intersections of gender and gaming through analysis of video games, the video game industry, and the gaming community. The conference will also create an opportunity for dialogue between those entering the profession and currently working in the field, as well as explore ways in which individuals with diverse backgrounds can become involved with the industry.

The representation of gender in video games and in the field of game development has been a topic of much discussion, particularly noticeable during the “gamergate controversy” of 2014. Concerns have been raised continuously regarding gender diversity for playable characters, the visual and storyline representation of women in games, and diversity within the gaming community from a player and developer standpoint. A 2016 report released by the Entertainment Software Association reveals that 41% of gamers are women, though women only make up 22% of game developers as reported by the International Game Developers Association Report in 2015. This disparity is also enforced by the scant number of games with female protagonists – when the cultural critique site Feminist Frequency looked at all the games presented at the 2015 Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), only 9% had exclusively female protagonists, compared to 32% with exclusively male protagonists. The gaming industry also faces debate over its lack of transgender representation and predominance of hypermasculine characters in games. These issues are just the beginning of the intersections of gender, race, and sexuality in game representation that will be explored at this conference.

The 4th South Bay Conference on Gender will explore these conversations and more through the voices of gamers, developers, scholars, community members, and anyone interested in unpacking the intersections of gender and video game culture.

Workshops, presentations, and panels will be announced soon. Registration will be available in February for general admission and student discount tickets. For more information, visit http://genvidcon.org

If you are interested in presenting at GenVidCon, please submit your proposal at http://genvidcon.org/get-involved/request-for-proposals

This event is open to all college students and community members of all genders (eg. male, female, transgender, etc).

About the South Bay Conference on Gender

The South Bay Conference on Gender creates an environment that promotes learning, expression, and education. We hope to unite individuals of all ages, gender identities, sexual orientations, ethnicity's, religions, and socioeconomic backgrounds. This event is wheelchair accessible and we strongly encourage those with mobility, visual, or hearing impairment to email info@southbaywc.org for any accommodations.