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Toronto cycling and Newfoundland adventuring, indie game style

- January 19th, 2012
emily bulter

The Disappearance of Emily Butler is an adventure game that starts in Newfoundland.

A bunch of Canadian women participated in an incubator where they worked with each other and professional designers to learn how to develop their own games, and these are the amazing results.

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[Q & A] Mare Sheppard of The Difference Engine Initiative

- November 9th, 2011


There’s a lot of chatter about changing the video-game industry to attract a more diverse audience. But Toronto developer Mare Sheppard – - co-founder of Toronto indie game company Metanet Software and co-creator of the award-winning game N — says gamers are plenty diverse already.

It’s the industry, she says, that does not reflect that diversity.

That’s one of the reasons why Sheppard, along with comics artist/game maker Jim Munroe, founded the Difference Engine Initiative, a project that “aims to diversify what kind of videogames are made” by “introducing new gamemakers from under-represented groups into our community.”

They held their first session, a gamemaking incubator for women in Toronto in July, and you can play the fruits of that labour online here.

I chatted with Sheppard about diversity in gaming and the Difference Engine Initiative.

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