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Invisibility Blues: Studying Racial Representation In Videogames

Dr. Samantha Blackmon and PhD student Alisha Karabinus of Not Your Mama’s Gamer have been co-producing videos that offer cultural critiques of videogames, particularly with regard to racial diversity, for some time now. The pair hopes to delve even deeper into the rarely-covered topic of racial representation in games with a five-video series called “Invisibility Blues,” for which they’ve launched a Kickstarter (which we first told you about earlier this month) that has already netted 94% of its goal.

The teaser video above offers a taste of what’s to come; Blackmon and Karabinus promise improvements in “both sound and audio quality for smooth, seamless production.” Now that the project seems poised to reach its initial goal, the duo has updated their page to include stretch goals of a potential sixth video, as well as an annotated PDF. To learn more and support the project, check out their funding page.

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Maddy Myers, journalist and arts critic, has written for the Boston Phoenix, Paste Magazine, MIT Technology Review, and tons more. She is a host on a videogame podcast called Isometric (relay.fm/isometric), and she plays the keytar in a band called the Robot Knights (robotknights.com).