The Queer Games Avant Garde:
How LGBTQ Game Makers Are Reimagining the Medium of Video Games
by Bonnie Ruberg, PhD (they/them)
In The Queer Games Avant-Garde, Bonnie Ruberg presents twenty interviews with twenty-two queer video game developers whose radical, experimental, vibrant, and deeply queer work is driving a momentous shift in the medium of video games. Speaking with insight and candor about their creative practices as well as their politics and passions, these influential and innovative game makers tell stories about their lives and inspirations, the challenges they face, and the ways they understand their places within the wider terrain of video game culture. Their insights go beyond typical conversations about LGBTQ representation in video games or how to improve “diversity” in digital media. Instead, they explore queer game-making practices, the politics of queer independent video games, how queerness can be expressed as an aesthetic practice, the influence of feminist art on their work, and the future of queer video games and technology.
About the author; The digital media scholar at the University of California, Irvine has forged a unique field of research centered on gender, sexuality, cultural identity and cultural issues within the internet, video games and technology. For Ruberg—these topics are both personal and pervasive.