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Queer Love in Games

Tuesday, February 24, 2015 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


Valentine’s Day is this month, so we are celebrating with an event on queer love in games.

Michael Brown will be speaking on  “Gay Representations in Mass Effect” and Miriam Verberg will be speaking on “Romantic Choice in Long Story.”

Following the formal presentations, we will have an “open mic” session where attendees can share their stories or game reviews.

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Gay Representations in Mass Effect

Over the last 20 years, gay representations in video games have evolved from being implied to stereotypical to relatable to even being fully integrated into the story as an entirely realized character who is not just defined by their sexuality. Michael will examine gay representations and romances in the Mass Effect series as a way of evaluating the power these characters have in the greater public’s understanding of LGBT individuals and LGBT issues.

Michael Brown has been involved in the games journalism industry for the past five years. He has had his work published on Joystiq, Polygon, 1UP, Metro News and more, as well as running his own publication, Cultured Magazine. Separately, he has written for Today’s Trucking and was the editor-in-chief of Emerge Magazine.

Romantic Choice in Long Story

Long Story is episodic dating/adventure game where the main character is an early teen girl who is navigating her way through the school’s social landscape. Part of the challenge in designing the game was allowing the player to make choices about romantic relationships, including choosing a same-sex partner or no partner at all.


Miriam is a seasoned game designer and interactive producer with over 10 years experience in Montreal and Toronto working with non-profits, cultural organizations and broadcasters. Her work in the non-profit sector, particularly that with young people and communities with specialized needs, has given her a nuanced understanding of the realities of user experience and design for healthy outcomes.

She has led hands-on workshops in a variety of technology areas, and her practical, stepped approach to teaching complex subject matters helps students achieve goals and master new skills with confidence.

She is a member of the women’s gaming collective DMG-TO, Interactive Ontario, and a faculty member at Centennial College in the Interactive Digital Media and Children’s Entertainment post-graduate programs.




Tuesday, February 24, 2015
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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