INTERVIEW: “Leveling Up Representation in Video Games,” Disrupted, Connecticut Public Radio/NPR

I had the great fortune of being interviewed by Dr. Khalilah Brown-Dean (Quinnipiac University) on the Connecticute Public Radio/NPR show Disrupted. We talked about video games, stereotypes, representation, race, gender, and other identities: Here’s the episode description:

Video games have a history of racist and sexist stereotypes, from damsels in distress to Asian martial artists. With the recent releases of The Super Mario Bros. Movie and HBO’s television adaptation of The Last of Us, we wanted to take a closer look at representation in the video game industry. Sheri Graner Ray, CEO of Zombie Cat Studios and author of Gender Inclusive Game Design: Expanding the Market, explains what it’s like to be a woman game designer pushing for the industry to broaden its perspective. And Professor Edmond Y. Chang talks about queerness and racial stereotypes in video games.

I had a lot of fun, and Dr. Brown-Dean was smart, affable, and easy to chat with. My dream of being on an NPR show has been fulfilled! I look forward to future opportunities to “be the expert.”

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