Gabriela is an animation student at George Brown's Game Development program entering her final year of study. Being a Paraguayan immigrant has helped enrich her outlook on design and animation approaches, as well as critical evaluation of the game industry and its treatment of ethnic and cultural minority characters. Her love for her indigenous Guarani heritage inspires her style of drawing and storytelling. In the past year with help of her fellow peers she has started a group called Pytyvo Gaming, concerned with addressing the lack of diverse and accurate ethnic and culture representation in games. Gabriela believes that through the power of game storytelling we can empower those who have been silenced by oppression and leave behind stories to influence our youth culturally and artistically.
This talk will highlight the ability of games to become cultural tools. Using personal lived experience to preserve oral traditions is an example of such an action. The talk will take example from current events and games in the market.
AlterConf was a traveling conference series that provided safe opportunities for marginalized people and those who support them in the tech and gaming industries.