Game Devs & Others: Tales from the Margins tell the true stories of life in the industry by people of color, LGBTQIA and other marginalized identities. This collection of essays give people a chance to tell their stories and to let others know what life on the other side of the screen is like when you’re not part of the supposed “majority”.

Why is this anthology necessary? Because too often voices of those society marginalizes are left out of the bigger conversation around gaming, the industry, those that cover it and discuss it. Those that live, eat and breathe gaming are often ignored in favor of the assumed default. This is a chance for people to tell their story, honestly and from the heart on what either being in the industry or on the edges of it means for them.

The anthology is available now from Amazon and directly from the Publisher, CRC Press.

Those who contributed to Game Devs and Others: Tales from the Margins

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This anthology was edited by Tanya DePass. She’s the founder and Director of I Need Diverse Games, a non-profit organization based in Chicago, which is dedicated to better diversification of all aspects of gaming. I Need Diverse Games serves the community by supporting marginalized developers attend the Game Developer Conference by participating in the GDC Scholarship program, helps assist attendance at other industry events, and seeks partnership with organizations and initiatives.

Tanya is a lifelong Chicagoan who loves everything about gaming, originator of the #INeedDiverseGames hashtag, born of frustration with the gaming climate of 2014. She wants to make the industry better and more inclusive for everyone. She founded and was the EIC of Fresh Out of Tokens podcast where games culture was discussed and viewed through a lense of feminism, intersectionality and diversity. Now she’s a co-host on Spawn on Me Podcast. Along with all of that, she’s the Programming Coordinator for OrcaCon, the Diversity Liaison for GaymerX, Interactive Events Division Manager for Universal FanCon; who often speaks on issues of diversity, feminism, race, intersectionality & other topics at multiple conventions throughout the year. Her writing about games, as well as her critique of the medium appears in Uncanny Magazine, Polygon, Wiscon Chronicles, Vice Gaming, Paste Games, Waypoint, Mic, and other publications.