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Friday, September 30 • 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Kitty Powers' Fabulous Nerdy Game Show!

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Come and join the fun as Kitty Powers hosts the most fabulous and nerdiest game show you've ever seen! Two teams battle it out to see who can win the Trophy!

Moderators
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Kitty Powers

Director, Magic Notion Ltd
Kitty Powers is the world’s first drag queen game developer, and star of ‘Kitty Powers’ Matchmaker’ and the upcoming ‘Kitty Powers’ Love Life’. | She is the alter ego of game dev Richard Franke, a 20 year games industry veteran who has worked on many award winning titles such as the Burnout series, BLACK, Need for Speed and Tearaway. He founded his own independent studio, Magic Notion, in 2013... Read More →

Speakers
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Mark Barlet

Founder / Executive Director, The AbleGamers Charity
Mark Barlet is the Founder and Executive Director of the AbleGamers Charity. Winner of the 2012 Paul G. Hearne Leadership Award and considered one of the founding-fathers of game accessibility, Mark has used games for over a decade to breaking down the walls of social isolation that having a disability can bring. He is the co-author of the award winning "Includification - A Practical Guide to Game Accessibility" that has been widely adopted... Read More →
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Strix Beltrán

Narrative Designer, Writer, Diversity and Inclusion Consultant
Whitney Beltrán, AKA “Strix” is a writer and narrative designer for analogue and video games, scripts and features, and transmedia IP. She has written for studios including Undead Labs, Onyx Path, and Crackhorse Films. She is an expert in world building and narrative design, and holds a Master’s in Mythological Studies. She has published peer reviewed academic papers on psychology and narrative play, contributed a chapter... Read More →
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Tim Cain

Game Director, Obsidian Entertainment
Tim Cain is a video game developer best known as the producer, lead programmer and designer of the 1997 computer game Fallout. He has developed games since 1981, both in award winning series such as Bard’s Tale, Star Trek, D&D, Vampire: The Masquerade, and South Park, and the original works Fallout, Arcanum and Pillars of Eternity. His games have won numerous Editor’s Choice and Best RPG awards, and in 2009, Tim was chosen by... Read More →
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Matt Conn

CEO, MidBoss
Matt Conn is the founder and CEO of MidBoss, through which he is the executive producer for the annual GaymerX gaming convention. Matt also produces LGBTQ focused gaming media, including the the cyberpunk story adventure game 2064: Read Only Memories (2016), and the 'gaymer' documentary Gaming in Color (2014). Conn is a major leader of the fight for inclusion of queer themes and developers in the video games industry and works out of San... Read More →
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Laura Kate Dale

Laura Kate is an awesome person who certainly makes the rounds in the media and you may have heard of her! She's the Co-Host of the very popular Podquisition podcast, UK Editor at Destructoid, Freelancer for The Guardian, Polygon, Kotaku UK, and Rock, Paper, Shotgun. She is also the developer of Acceptance, a game intended to teach people some of the issues that trans people face. We're excited to have... Read More →
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Mel Fox

Operations Manager, GaymerX
Art Director, producer, occasional artist, and all around creative team superstar living in Seattle. They are a voice and supporter for sex, gender, body and just about every other sort of -positivity out there.
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Steffeny Messinger

Musician, My Parents Favorite Music
Steffeny “Steffo” Messinger a.k.a. “My Parents Favorite Music”, is the world’s most attractive, funny, smart, kind, humble, not to mention attractive chiptune hip hop transgender musician. She creates video game and nerd culture influenced songs, paired up with nostalgia-heavy pixelated soundtracks. She’s amazeballs. | | Releasing albums as map pieces to a mysterious video game island, she tours the country bringing fun... Read More →
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Karin Weekes

Lead Editor, EA BioWare
Karin is Lead Editor for BioWare’s three studios. She has worked at BioWare since 2006, editing Dragon Age: Inquisition, Mass Effect 3 Dragon Age II, Star Wars: The Old Republic, Mass Effect 2, Dragon Age: Origins and various DLCs for the Mass Effect and Dragon Age franchises. Karin holds an M.A. in Journalism from Stanford University, where she learned that she liked editing and writing punny headlines much more than interviewing story... Read More →


Friday September 30, 2016 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Panels Room A