Author: Keisha Howard

The Black in Gaming Awards honors the many contributions and achievements of Black people in the gaming industry. The 4th Annual Black in Gaming Awards continued to honor Black excellence in 2020 at PAX Online. It was simulcasted on September 13 on the Black in Gaming Twitch. From the very inception of video games, Black people have been an integral, yet unrecognized and underappreciated part of the creation of games. In recent years through advocacy, more companies are recognizing the contributions of Black and PoC peoples in the games industry. But we still have a long ways to go until…

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Let’s face it: 2020 has been a rough year for most industries. Those companies whose leaders and teams are able to think outside of the box are, not only surviving 2020, but kicking 2020s butt. We had a chance to catch up with the CEO of ChicaIntelligente, Katrina Jefferson, to see how she’s surviving Covid and how she’s navigating the PR industry. How have you been navigating 2020. What are methods you are using to progress though the uncertainty? Well, it’s been a mix of meditation in the morning, exercising 2 x a day, praying, and drinking wine with or…

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We first met Daniel Jun Kim (aka “Pop Mythologist”) when we shared a stage with him at the taping of the pilot episode of Uncanny TV. The hosts of the show talked to Daniel about the way he combines geek culture with charity and activism. That is where we learned that he is a REAL-LIFE D&D CLERIC (among other things) who goes to public events handing out free snacks and supplies, and it was so interesting to hear him talk about what he does and why he does it. After the taping, we got to talking about highlighting creators in…

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Galit Ariel is a technofuturist, author, TED speaker, founder of WondARland, and self-professed digital hippie whose work explores the ways technology and humans influence and interact with each other. A major focus of her work is the creative potential of augmented reality and mixed reality to enhance and deepen our lives and our humanity as well as the ethical questions surrounding their misuse. She is a respected thought leader in the field of immersive tech and often delivers talks and workshops around the world at events like SXSW, Fifteen Seconds, and Slush Tokyo. Her book, Augmenting Alice: The Future of…

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Samantha “Persia” Hancock is iconic. Her passion, work ethic, and pure love for esports and the gaming community has persisted well over a decade. Persia has accomplished much and her experience and insights in this space has led her to what many consider to be a “dream career”. But it wasn’t easy! We are very fortunate to have been able to speak to her about her journey, and what we can all learn about gaining EXP! You’ve been a friend of ours for almost 10 years! For those who don’t know you- can you touch on all the things you…

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While in New Orleans covering the Gears of War tournament, I was immediately drawn to the brilliant energy of Jourdan Kerl. You can’t miss her, she brings so much passion and personality to the broadcast team. I love how you can tell she has to contain her excitement with the rest of us as she conducts interviews and provides viewers with updates and tournament analysis. I cannot tell you how excited I am to introduce Jourdan to the SG readership as she was kind enough to grant me an interview. Rebecca Rothschild: What is it about the GOW esports community…

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By Colin Kyle The sountrack is a critical part of the multifaceted experience that is gaming. From the earliest tunes with only a handful of humble bits to the sweeping orchestral masterpieces we have today, music creates atmosphere and immerses you in the game. Music also represents a cool and underappreciated avenue to enter the game and entertainment industry for people who are musically inclined. To give us a taste of what it’s like to like to make music for a major game title, I had the immense pleasure of talking with Nima Fakhrara who composed a major part of…

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Back when I was new to covering esports, I was eager to jump in to the Halo scene as it was and still is my favorite game franchise of all time. I was immediately met with a collective cold shoulder from fans and players as I tried to engage them so I could tell their story. Being a woman in that space at that time was incredibly tough to navigate, so I gave up on covering esports for a long time. This time around, things are different, not perfect, but definitely different. There are a lot of new faces now…

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The Halo Championship Series in New Orleans was a rambunctious ride of hype and unpredictability. Alongside the players we’ve come to know, there was a lot of fresh blood making big impressions. The New Orleans Convention Center was a decent and VERY well air conditioned venue that came with alligator sausage po’boys and more than enough room for both Halo and Gears fans to enjoy the spectacle. Attendance was a little thin, made up mostly of competitors and their entourages, but there was a lot of passion in the room. The Steely Eyed Trio The HCS broadcast got a serious…

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