JSB Symposium on Technology and Society: Leigh Alexander

Date: 
Thu, 10/01/2015 - 11:00am to 12:00pm

Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre, Michigan League

Game changers: Video games transition from technology product to cultural form

Gaming journalist Leigh Alexander will discuss video games’ emergence as a pop cultural form and how they have evolved from simple diversions and commercial products. Her topics will include the democratization of tools, the rise of women creators, conservative backlash and future trends.

Leigh Alexander is editor-in-chief of Offworld.com, Boing Boing’s countercultural games site. As longtime editor-at-large for game industry news site Gamasutra, she contributed game criticism, design analysis, industry trend editorial, and interviews with developers. In addition to columns in games specialist press outlets like Edge, Kotaku and Polygon, her work has appeared in Slate, The Atlantic, The New Statesman, The Guardian and others. She is author of two ebooks on tech and identity. Breathing Machine and Clipping Through. She frequently speaks at schools, festivals, conferences and other events on games for social good, often with a feminist lens.

A lunch reception follows the lecture.