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The GamesIndustry.biz Podcast: Diversity in games with Anita Sarkeesian

The Feminist Frequency founder on her Tropes series, dealing with the backlash and how developers can explore new stories

The latest episode of The GamesIndustry.biz Podcast is available to download now, featuring a one-on-one chat with noted critic and avid proponent for wider representation in video games Anita Sarkeesian.

Recorded last month during Nordic Game Conference, the discussion reflects on Sarkeesian's renowned series Tropes vs Women In Video Games, addressing the potential impact it has had, how game characters have changed since it began, where she hopes to see the medium go next, and the backlash she dealt with while working on the project.

Sarkeesian also discusses why diversity and greater representation extends to more than just adding white women into each game, and why the industry needs to keep pushing for new ideas and stories in addition to violence-centric AAA blockbusters.

We previously covered Sarkeesian's Nordic Game talk, in which she posited that games often oversimplify the oppression they are trying to explore. Feminist Frequency also released a report during E3 that showed the titles on display featured more multi-gender options than ever before.

You can listen to the latest episode below, subscribe to our RSS feed, or download the file directly here. It is also available via iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher, Overcast, Player FM, TuneIn and other widely-used podcast platforms. Our previous episodes can also be found here.

If you're interested in appearing on the show or would like to hear us tackle a certain topics, send any suggestions to james.batchelor@gamesindustry.biz.

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