“Kitty Powers is the drag alter-ego of game developer Richard Franke, director of Magic Notion, developers of ‘Kitty Powers’ Matchmaker’ the YouTube sensation arcade dating simulator.
Richard has worked in the games industry for over 20 years on award winning titles such as The Burnout franchise, Need for Speed Hot Pursuit, and Tearaway.
Kitty Powers spreads a message of love, diversity and gender fluidity through her games and other appearances.
She may look scary, but she’ll only bite if you ask her nicely ;)”
Mattie is currently an independent, medium-agnostic game designer. There are many philosophies going into her work; for one, she makes games on accessible platforms that people without programming knowledge or reserves of disposable income can develop on. This includes programs like RPG Maker VX, Twine, and also analogue games. Her games test the edges of what is thought possible with game design and aim to be inclusive on multiple levels. She also focuses on narrative design and experiments with narrative and experience in games. Mattie seeks independent contracting, collaborations, and design roles on larger teams.
Robert Yang is an indie game developer, academic, and writer, based in New York City. His work often focuses on first person level design, architecture as narrative, and game modding as a radical design practice. He regularly teaches game development and design within NYU Game Center at New York University, IDM at NYU Poly School of Engineering, and MFADT at Parsons the New School for Design. He’s given talks at GDC, GDC Europe, Indiecade East, Queerness and Games Conference, Games For Change. He also occasionally writes about games for Rock Paper Shotgun and other British things. He has a B.A. in English Literature from UC Berkeley, and an MFA in Design and Technology from Parsons the New School for Design.
SAMMUS (Enongo Lumumba-Kasongo) is a Philadelphia-based rap artist, producer, and PhD student in the Department of Science & Technology Studies at Cornell University. Known as much for her rousing stage presence as she is for her prowess as a beatmaker and lyricist, Sammus has spent the past several years cultivating a strong following of activists, hip hop heads, punks, and self-proclaimed nerds and geeks, among others.
Shawn Alexander Allen
Shawn makes (often political) art in the way of games (both digital and non), photography, poetry, and dystopian fiction. He also writes media criticism, with a focus on race/class and representation, as well as game design critique and new ways of thinking. He is currently making the political dark comedy tactical beat ‘em up Treachery in Beatdown City. Always support #blackgamedev
Tanya De Pass
Tanya is the founder and Director of I Need Diverse Games, a not-for-profit foundation based in Chicago. She’s the newest addition to the Spawn on Me podcast, the Diversity Liaison for GaymerX as well as programming coordinator for OrcaCon; and often speaks on issues of diversity, feminism, race, intersectionality & other topics at conventions. Her writing appears in Uncanny Magazine, Polygon, Vice Gaming, Waypoint, Wiscon Chronicles, Paste Games and other publications.