Boston, MA September 15, 2014
Perceptions and Realities of the Indie Demographic - and How it Affects our Games

To complete her Intercultural Relations Master's program, Khadeja Merenkov did an ethnographic study of the indie game developer community in the Boston area. One of the issues she saw within the group was a lack of diversity - a sea of white men met her at every event and studio. What became apparent as well was a worry about a lack of originality within the community. Soon, she figured out that the indies may benefit by looking at both issues as two sides of the game development coin. Using her experience as an Interculturalist, international citizen, and writer, Khadeja's talk will include an analysis of how diverse teams will change game creation - and keep alive the innovation indies are known for.