Gabriela Richard presented “Designing Games That Foster Equity and Inclusion: Encouraging Equitable Social Experiences Across Gender and Ethnicity in Online Games” at the CHI 2013 Workshop, Designing and Evaluating Sociability in Online Video Games. CHI 2013 was held at the Palais de Congrès de Paris in France.
Short Paper Abstract:
Emerging research and current media events are beginning to highlight gender and ethnic inequities in online game culture. Many aspects of game culture continue to exclude participation by females and ethnic minorities, particularly through environments of bias and harassment, which can hinder their sociability. This paper highlights emerging research on gender and ethnic inequity in gaming, particularly making links between representations of gender and ethnicity, harassment, and social exclusion. The paper also highlights case studies of gamers, which help to underscore those links. Finally, this paper offers design principles, grounded in the research and case studies that can help foster equity and social inclusion in games.
Full Workshop Proceedings can be found here: http://hcigames.businessandit.uoit.ca/chi2013-sociabilitygames/proceedings/