Diverse Game Characters: Write Them Now!
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Diverse Game Characters: Write Them Now!. Jill Murray Writer , Ubisoft Montreal @codejill. 1. Some day I’ll get around to releasing these in the USA. Setting. Research. TOOLS FOR DIVERSITY. Voice. 3. Variety. Depth. Mechanics. TOOLS FOR DIVERSITY. Advice + Memoir. 5.

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Diverse Game Characters: Write Them Now!

Jill MurrayWriter, Ubisoft Montreal

@codejill

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Some day I’ll get around to releasing these

in the USA...


  • Setting

  • Research

TOOLS FOR DIVERSITY

Voice

3


Variety

Depth

Mechanics

TOOLS FOR DIVERSITY


Advice + Memoir

5


Anita Sarkeesian

Equality or GTFO: Navigating the Gendered Minefield of

Online Gaming Spaces

Tom Abernathy

Secret Sauce: How Diversity in Your Game Narrative =

More Players and More Money

Leigh Alexander, Mattie Brice, Robin Hunicke, Kim McAuliffe,

Brenda Romero, Elizabeth Sampat

#1ReasonToBe panel

#1

Related Talks - GDCVault.com

David Gaider

Sex in Video Games


"What's the hardest thing about

writing a female protagonist?"


Typical

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Research

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Research, Stereotypes & Tropes

"Some of these historical tropes that show up in Liberation, like the tragic mulatto, slave revenge and the Back-to-Africa movement. Was it coincidence? Was it conscious decision by you and the other developers to work those elements in there?"

- Evan Narcisse, Kotaku

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Research

Like cheating, only ethical.

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Fast-track Research Tips

  • Results first

  • But let your mind wander

  • Get the world right

  • Let research lead

  • Take it to heart


Empathy


Getting in touch with your characters

  • What makes you want to write about this character?

  • What do you have in common with this character?

  • What feelings of yours might be analogous to theirs?

  • If you dislike them, why?

  • Etc...

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Motivation

"Every character should want something, even if it is only a glass of water."

- Kurt Vonnegut

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Voice


Voice

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Sensitivity & Team Buy-in


Q: "I'm just asking: does she have to be gay?"

A: "I'm just saying: yes."

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Use your passion to make allies, not enemies.

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Diverse Game Characters: Write Them Now!

Jill MurrayWriter, Ubisoft Montreal

@codejill

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