Polygamer – A Podcast of Equality and Diversity in Gaming & Video Games

93 EpisodesProduced by Ken Gagne of Gamebits

A podcast of equality and diversity in gaming

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Polygamer #91: Alicia Caillier of Harmonix Music Systems

July 10th, 2019

59:41

Alicia Caillier is a product manager at Harmonix Music Systems, developer of music-rhythm video games such as Rock Band, Guitar Hero, Amplitude, and …

Polygamer #90: Athena Z Peters of Adventure Pub

June 19th, 2019

1:02:37

Athena Z Peters is the founder and co-owner of Adventure Pub, a gaming gastropub located in the suburbs of Boston in Arlington, Massachusetts. …

Polygamer #89: Twitch variety streamer SlyTQ

May 8th, 2019

1:12:46

TQ is a Twitch variety streamer and Take This Ambassador. Her channel frequently hosts charity streams in support mental health, children’s hospitals, and other non-profits close to her heart. This advocacy recently …

Polygamer #88: The Art of Craft at PAX East 2019

April 10th, 2019

59:48

The tenth annual PAX East was held last month, and I was honored to host two panels of brilliant speakers. One, “The Return of Couch Play”, can be seen and heard on the IndieSider podcast. The other was “The Art of …

Polygamer #87: Tifa Robles and The Explorers of Azullucent

March 6th, 2019

1:05:34

Tifa Robles is the author of The Explorers of Azullucent, a young-adult fantasy novel currently on Kickstarter. Over 16 years in the making, this …

Polygamer #86: Eve Leblanc of Clever Endeavour Games

February 13th, 2019

55:40

Geneviève “Eve” Leblanc is the community manager and QA tester for Clever Endeavour Games, developer of Ultimate Chicken Horse, a multiplayer, …

Polygamer #85: Shannon Symonds of The Strong Museum of Play

January 9th, 2019

1:03:09

Shannon Symonds is a curator at The Museum of Play, home to the International Center for the History of Electronic Games (ICHEG). This institution in Rochester, New York, is home to 60,000+ artifacts of gaming history, …

Polygamer #84: Meagan Marie, author of “Women in Gaming”

December 5th, 2018

40:41

Meagan Marie is the author of Women in Gaming: 100 Professionals of Play, a new hardcover book and e-book featuring interviews with more than a hundred women in the games industry. The book profiles not only luminaries …

Polygamer #83: Bahiyya Khan of after HOURS

November 14th, 2018

53:15

Bahiyya Khan is the developer of after HOURS, a full-motion video (FMV) game about sexual assault and borderline personality disorder (BPD). …

Polygamer #82: Geek Remix’s Stacy & Mari

October 17th, 2018

1:40:46

Stacy and Mari collectively form Geek Remix, a popular YouTube channel in which the two women Let’s Play and analyze mainstream and indie video …

Polygamer #81: Cynthia Lowen, director of NETIZENS

September 26th, 2018

48:52

Cynthia Lowen is the director and producer of NETIZENS, a documentary that details the proliferation of online harassment faced by women. The film …

Polygamer #80: Angela O’Hara of Big Viking Games

August 15th, 2018

54:18

Angela O’Hara is a senior artist at Big Viking Games, creators of mobile and social games such as YoWorld and Fish World. At Big Viking Games, O’Hara creates vector art for avatars and accessories that players use to …

Polygamer #79: Abbey Perl of the Diverse Gaming Coalition

July 11th, 2018

49:38

Abbey Perl is the founder of the Diverse Gaming Coalition, a non-profit organization charged with ending bullying both online and off. Founded in …

Polygamer #78: Katie Kaitchuck of GaymerX

June 13th, 2018

46:33

Katie Kaitchuck is the executive director of GaymerX, an LGBT-focused gaming convention. In the past year, the organization became a non-profit, separated from the for-profit MidBoss Games, sent diverse indie developers …

Polygamer #77: Dr. NerdLove on gaming & dating

May 9th, 2018

51:59

Harris O’Malley is Dr. NerdLove, a dating coach who gives advice to geeks of all stripes via his blog, podcast, YouTube channel, and column for …

Polygamer #76: Gaming Patreon at PAX East 2018

April 11th, 2018

1:02:35

In four short years, Patreon has enabled thousands of gamers to take their journalism, podcasts, and channels to the next level. It’s proven a …

Polygamer #75: Matt Baume of Queens of Adventure

March 21st, 2018

55:49

Queens of Adventure is a comedy-adventure podcast in which four drag queens slay their way through pencil-and-paper role-playing games. Adapted from …

Polygamer #74: Joseph Bein of Out of Sight Games

January 17th, 2018

44:10

Joseph Bein is the president & creative lead of Out of Sight Games, developer of the audio game A Hero’s Call. The studio’s first game, A Hero’s Call was designed to be accessible by visually impaired gamers, …

Polygamer #73: Wally S on nonbinary characters

December 13th, 2017

55:07

Wally S is a game developer, author, artist, and cosplayer who has written such Twine games as The Leggy Blond and Your Merman Boyfriend. Wally recently made their GaymerX East speaking debut with the presentation “The …

Polygamer #72: Nicole Hunter of Black Gamers Revolution

November 8th, 2017

47:38

Nicole Hunter is a freelance writer and a moderator for Black Gamers Revolution. This community Black gamers extends to Twitter, Tumblr, Twitch, and …

Polygamer #71: Susan Arendt of Genii Online

October 11th, 2017

1:11:26

Susan Arendt is the editor-in-chief of Genii Online, a website that covers magic and deception for magicians and anyone interested in the art and craft of magic. While Genii has existed as a print magazine since 1936, …

Polygamer #70: Kellian Adams Pletcher of Green Door Labs

September 13th, 2017

58:10

Kellian Adams Pletcher is the mastermind behind Green Door Labs, which builds location-based, transmedia games for museums and non-profits. Kids and …

Polygamer #69: Tanya C. DePass of Fresh Out of Tokens

August 9th, 2017

55:37

Tanya DePass is the founder of I Need Diverse Games, a non-profit that advocates for diversity in gaming. In addition to offering speaking …

Polygamer #68: Katie Hallahan of Phoenix Online Studios

July 12th, 2017

1:01:34

Katie Hallahan is the chief communications officer, co-founder, game designer, and public relations director for Phoenix Online Studios, a developer and publisher of point-and-click adventure games. The studio began in …

Polygamer #67: Freelance writer Sarah LeBoeuf

June 28th, 2017

1:03:05

Sarah LeBoeuf is a freelance writer, editor, and all-around nerd. Her video game reviews, features, and event coverage have appeared on such storied publications as Nerdist, Mashable, Ars Technica, Escapist, Digital …

Side Quest #2: Wonder Woman with Sabriel Mastin

June 7th, 2017

59:18

Wonder Woman has exploded across the silver screen, breaking all records: the first major female superhero film; the first major superhero film directed by a woman; the second $100M-budget film with a female director; …

Polygamer #66: Charles Babbage Institute on historical diversity & representation

May 24th, 2017

1:20:29

The Charles Babbage Institute at the University of Minnesota is an archive and research center dedicated to preserving the history of information …

Polygamer #65: MIT’s Prof. Kishonna Gray on justice studies

May 10th, 2017

51:43

Kishonna Gray is a visiting scholar at MIT’s Comparative Media Studies/Writing department, where she teaches Women & Gender Studies. She comes …

Polygamer #64: Dr. Noah J. Springer on reddit & GamerGate

April 26th, 2017

1:13:16

Dr. Noah J. Springer recently published his Ph.D. dissertation about reddit, in which he analyzed the cultural practices, technological affordances, …

Polygamer #63: +1 to Journalism at PAX East 2017

April 12th, 2017

1:03:15

This week’s Polygamer podcast is the audio from the PAX East panel "+1 to Journalism: Becoming a Better Writer", held on Sunday, March 12, 2017, …

Polygamer #62: Sabriel Mastin of Overwatch & Overbuff

March 15th, 2017

55:55

Sabriel Mastin is the head of social media and support for Overbuff, a stats-tracking website for Overwatch, the popular first-person shooter from …

Polygamer #61: Jonathan Holmes of Destructoid

March 1st, 2017

1:08:28

Jonathan Holmes is the former editor-in-chief of Destructoid and a frequent contributor to that site as well as many others, including Nintendo Force …

Polygamer #60: Speedrunner Kungfufruitcup

February 15th, 2017

1:03:27

Kungfufruitcup is a variety streamer and speedrunner. In her live Twitch stream, she races to finish video games as quickly as possible, mastering a game’s precise timing and patterns — and the occasional glitch — to …

Polygamer #59: Video game culture photographer EMiSpicer

January 25th, 2017

1:09:23

EMiSpicer is a video game culture photographer who travels the world capturing gaming events and moments. From GaymerX in New York and California to …

Polygamer #58: Matt Baume of Playing With Pride

January 11th, 2017

1:01:45

Matt Baume is the writer and storyteller behind the book Defining Marriage and the audio podcast Sewers of Paris, in which he interviews members of the gay community about their experiences and relationships with …

Polygamer #57: Natalie Juhasz of ReVenture Games

December 14th, 2016

1:17:24

Natalie Juhasz is the co-founder and creative lead of indie game studio ReVenture Games. After producing several successful point-and-click adventure …

Polygamer #56: Live at GaymerX East

November 23rd, 2016

1:07:07

GaymerX, the world’s only annual video game and geek culture convention for the LGBT+ community and its allies, has arrived on the East Coast! After …

Polygamer #55: Twitch streamer SeriouslyClara

November 9th, 2016

1:02:20

SeriouslyClara is a Twitch content creator who focuses on indie games. After being "tricked" into streaming by a friend, she came to love the community and the support they offered her in response to her honesty and …

Polygamer #54: Amy Allison of WIGI on Girl Scout patches

October 26th, 2016

49:53

Amy Allison of the Vice President on the Executive Board of Women in Games International (WIGI), an organization that promotes the inclusion and …

Polygamer #53: Ian Danskin of Innuendo Studios

October 12th, 2016

1:14:43

Ian Danskin is a freelance animator, writer, video editor, and visual essayist. His YouTube channel, Innuendo Studios, hosts a dozen videos analyzing …

Polygamer #52: Assassin’s Creed voice actor Tristan D. Lalla

September 28th, 2016

57:09

Tristan D. Lalla is a star of stage, screen, and game. His video game voice-acting portfolio includes Far Cry 2, Deus Ex Human Evolution, Rainbow …

Polygamer #51: Ben Chicka of TheoNerd

September 14th, 2016

1:10:01

Ben Chicka is the co-host of TheoNerd, a podcast about theology, philosophy, faith, and ethics. Encouraged by the reception of his PAX East 2015 …

Polygamer #50: Chris Klimas of the Interactive Fiction Technology Foundation

August 24th, 2016

1:09:06

The Interactive Fiction Technology Foundation (IFTF) is a new non-profit charged with supporting the tools, infrastructure, and legal needs of the …

Polygamer #49: Serenity Caldwell of iMore on Pokémon GO

August 10th, 2016

1:24:47

Serenity Caldwell is the managing editor at iMore, a features and reviews site for all things Apple. As part of her mission to help Apple users get the most from their iPhones, Serenity has penned a definitive series of …

Side Quest #1: Star Trek Beyond with Sabriel Mastin

August 3rd, 2016

1:03:28

Star Trek Beyond has hit theaters, and it’s astounding. Featuring a script that balances character development with jaw-dropping action from a diverse cast that includes the villain Krall, the alien heroine Jaylah, and …

Polygamer #48: Gillian Smith on procedural generation

July 27th, 2016

55:29

Gillian Smith is a professor of Art+Design and Computer Science at Northeastern University in Boston. Her field of study is procedural content generation, in which aspects of a game — the world, its inhabitants, …

Polygamer #47: Mike Robles on fighting & board games

July 13th, 2016

58:44

Mike Robles, social media manager for mental health non-profit Take This, is an industry veteran with many prominent studios on his résumé: including Microsoft, Wizards of the Coast, and Lone Shark Games. He helped …

Polygamer #46: Tatjana Vejnovic of The Koalition

June 22nd, 2016

1:30:28

Tatjana Vejnovic is a writer, editor, student, panelist, and former retailer. Her PAX East panel series on why it’s really rad being a woman in the games industry has run for three consecutive years, highlighting the …

Polygamer #45: You’re a Games Journalist! Now What?

June 8th, 2016

58:48

Every year, PAX East, the biggest video game convention on the East Coast, hosts a panel about breaking into games journalism. Editors from multiple …

Polygamer #44: Stephen Duetzmann of Engaged Family Gaming

May 25th, 2016

1:32:27

Stephen Duetzmann is the editor-in-chief of Engaged Family Gaming, a website by and for parents to help identify games appropriate for the entire …

Polygamer #43: Engagement Lab at Emerson College

May 11th, 2016

51:25

The Engagement Lab at Emerson College is an applied research lab in Boston, Massachusetts, dedicated to innovating the ways people participate in …

Polygamer #42: Tifa Robles of the Lady Planeswalker Society

April 27th, 2016

1:10:06

Tifa Robles is the founder of the Lady Planeswalkers Society, which aims to create welcoming, friendly environments for women (and everyone) to learn Magic: The Gathering. Since its founding in 2011, the group has grown …

Polygamer #41: Adelle Lin of the Code Liberation Foundation

April 13th, 2016

46:59

The Code Liberation Foundation is a New York City-based non-profit that offers free game programming workshops to those who identify as women. The organization was founded in 2013 by Catt Small, Kay, Jane Friedhoff, …

Polygamer #40: Chachi Bobinks of The Dialogue Wheel

March 23rd, 2016

1:22:14

Chachi Bobinks is the co-host of The Dialogue Wheel, a fan podcast dedicated to Mass Effect, Dragon Age, and all things BioWare — including …

Polygamer #39: Mark Saville of SpecialEffect

February 10th, 2016

45:41

SpecialEffect is a UK-based organization that uses technology to enhance the quality of life of people with physical disabilities by providing them …

Polygamer #38: Ashe Dryden of AlterConf

January 27th, 2016

59:03

Ashe Dryden is the creator of AlterConf, a traveling conference series of marginalized voices from the tech and gaming industries. Since its founding in 2014, AlterConf has been held at a dozen cities throughout the …

Polygamer #37: Game designer Carolyn VanEseltine

January 13th, 2016

48:16

Carolyn VanEseltine is an accomplished game designer and developer, having worked at such studios as Harmonix and Giant Spacekat. Her recent …

Polygamer #36: Gay erotica artist Steven H. Garcia

December 23rd, 2015

45:26

Steven H. Garcia is an artist of gay erotica, especially of the pinup variety. His models are characters from throughout geek fandom, including …

Polygamer #35: Susan Arendt of Take This

December 9th, 2015

1:02:42

Take This is a non-profit charity that promotes awareness and education of mental health issues through outreach to gamers. Its “AFK Rooms” have …

Polygamer #34: Violinist Taylor Davis

November 25th, 2015

33:47

Taylor Davis is a renowned violinist whose video game, movie, and anime covers have earned her a loyal following. On YouTube, where she has over a …

Polygamer #33: Francesca Carletto-Leon on Diversity in Gaming at WPI

November 11th, 2015

1:07:58

Francesca Carletto-Leon is the founder of the Diversity in Games club at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) in Massachusetts. Currently a senior …

Polygamer #32: Matt Conn of Read Only Memories

October 28th, 2015

1:09:56

Matt Conn is the CEO of MidBoss, the studio behind Read Only Memories, a point-and-click adventure game featuring a diverse cast of characters. It is the first game from the same studio that produces the annual GaymerX …

Polygamer #31: Holly Green on Gameranx, Fry Scores & OCD

October 16th, 2015

1:00:32

Holly Green is the managing editor of Gameranx, a video game news, reviews, and feature site. Not one to limit her outlets, Holly is also an …

Polygamer #30: GeekGirlCon’s Alyssa Jones & Danielle Gahl

September 30th, 2015

53:57

GeekGirlCon 2015, happening October 10–11 in Seattle, celebrates and honors the legacy of women contributing to gaming, comics, art, science, and …

Polygamer #29: Kara Stone on sex, mental health & ableism

September 9th, 2015

1:07:13

Kara Stone is a independent game developer whose works blend interactive art, self-care, mental health, and feminism. Her non-traditional approach to gaming invites users to contemplate the necessity of agency, the …

Polygamer #28: Benjamin Williams of the PAX Diversity Lounge

August 26th, 2015

1:14:23

Benjamin Williams is the co-founder of the PAX Diversity Lounge, a safe space at Penny Arcade Expo conventions that offers marginalized groups free tables and booths with which to represent their products and services. …

Polygamer #27: Cosplayer Emma Bell

August 12th, 2015

58:51

Emma Bell is an accomplished and talented cosplayer, appearing at anime and video game conventions as characters from Mass Effect, Dragon Ball Z, Dragon Age, and Agent Carter. Her upcoming appearances include West Coast …

Polygamer #26: Christian Donlan of Eurogamer on multiple sclerosis

July 22nd, 2015

1:19:37

Christian Donlan is a prolific writer, having contributed to Edge magazine, co-founded gaming site Hookshot, and co-created the animated children’s …

Polygamer #25: Lilian Chen (Milktea) on Smash Bros. & sexism

July 8th, 2015

1:00:19

Lilian Chen, aka Milktea, joined the competitive gaming scene in high school, when her younger brother introduced her to Super Smash Bros. Melee for …

Polygamer #24: Happy Father’s Day, Edward F. Gagne

June 24th, 2015

1:12:36

In celebration of Father’s Day, this week’s guest is the host’s father, Edward F. Gagne. Born in the 1940s, Ed has witnessed the evolution of …

Polygamer #23: GTFO director Shannon Sun-Higginson

June 10th, 2015

53:27

GTFO is a documentary about women, discrimination, and misogyny in video games. Featuring interviews with Brianna Wu, Maddy Myers, Courtney Stanton, Jenny Haniver, and more, the film examines gamers’ experiences as …

Polygamer #22: Philip Jones, director of Gaming In Color

May 27th, 2015

57:43

Gaming In Color is a feature documentary exploring the queer side of gaming. After being Kickstarted in 2013 and enjoying a limited release in 2014, …

Polygamer #21: Sabriel Mastin, indie game reviewer & Let’s Player

May 13th, 2015

1:04:24

Sabriel Mastin is a prolific game reviewer and YouTube personality, having produced content for such sites as Indie Haven and Indie Gamer Chick. She …

Polygamer #20: Sarah Como of Zephyr Workshop

April 22nd, 2015

1:12:50

Sarah Como is the Chief Operating Officer of Zephyr Workshop, developer of tabletop game A.E.G.I.S. and computer game Flora Fiora. Zephyr was born amidst Sarah’s recent education in the game design program at Becker …

Polygamer #19: Elisa Meléndez on avatars, FragDolls, racial diversity & rock bands

April 8th, 2015

2:07:25

Elisa Meléndez recently spoke on a PAX East 2015 panel about how we create and identify with our avatars in virtual game worlds. This is one of just many topics she’s researched as part of her Ph.D studies in …

Polygamer #18: Charles Battersby on atheism & religion in games

March 25th, 2015

1:00:59

Charles Battersby hosted the PAX East 2015 panel "The End Boss Doesn’t Exist: Atheism in Video Games", featuring Ken Levine of Irrational Games and Chris Avellone of Obsidian Entertainment. The panel played to a packed …

Polygamer #17: Jandy Hardesty on films, criticism & parenting

March 11th, 2015

53:38

Jandy Hardesty is a prolific producer and consumer of media. As a film critic, she blogs at The Frame and contributes to Row Three, where she …

Polygamer #16: Fiona Cherbak on hiring and retaining women, GDC & BostonFIG

February 25th, 2015

49:43

Fiona Cherbak is a human resources and staffing specialist with a storied career in the entertainment and games industries. At this year’s Game Developers Conference, she will moderate the panel "Turning the Tide: …

Polygamer #15: Zoë Quinn & Alex Lifschitz of Crash Override

February 11th, 2015

50:38

In January 2015, Zoë Quinn and Alex Lifschitz debuted Crash Override, an online anti-harassment task force. The organization provides crisis center support, ongoing assistance to victims, and community outreach and …

Polygamer #14: Parenting & game development

January 28th, 2015

1:57:52

No role-playing game can present a greater challenge than the real-life role of parent — especially when you’re a game developer. How does one juggle …

Polygamer #13: Lorien Green of pinball documentary Shoot Again

January 14th, 2015

1:14:22

Lorien Green is a filmmaker, documentarian, gamer, parent, and introvert. In 2009, without any background in video production, she set out to film a …

Polygamer #12: An outside perspective

December 24th, 2014

1:38:39

GamerGate, feminism, Anita Sarkeesian, and gamer identity: these topics dominated online conversations throughout the latter half of 2014 — but how many people actually care? Is it a just vocal minority that are engaged …

Polygamer #11: Ryan Green & Josh Larson of That Dragon, Cancer

December 10th, 2014

1:05:56

That Dragon, Cancer is a game that represents the experiences of the Green family as they lived with and cared for Joel Green, who was diagnosed with …

Polygamer #10: PushingUpRoses (aka Sarah Wilson)

November 26th, 2014

52:08

Sarah Wilson, aka PushingUpRoses, is an accomplished video producer, Let’s Player, and writer. After pursuing a degree in creative writing and then …

Polygamer #09: Duane de Four on masculinity in games

November 12th, 2014

1:01:03

Duane de Four is an educator and activist specializing in gender violence prevention, bystander intervention, diversity, and sexual health education. …

Polygamer #08: Chris Barney on games for social justice

October 22nd, 2014

55:18

Chris Barney is a game developer who sees games as an engine of social capital. As a maturing medium, video games have the potential to reinforce, shape, and influence societal norms and values toward sexism, racism, …

Polygamer #07: Susan Arendt & Russ Pitts of Take This

October 8th, 2014

59:38

Take This is a non-profit charity founded in 2012 in response to the tragic suicide of a gaming journalist. The organization promotes awareness and education of mental health issues through outreach to gamers both …

Polygamer #06: The F-Word panel at PAX Prime 2014

September 24th, 2014

1:10:17

At PAX East 2014, I moderated a panel titled "Sex, Sexy & Sexism: Fixing Gender Inequality in Gaming" in which three women and two men discussed …

Polygamer #05: Khadeja Merenkov on Cultural Gatekeepers & White Privilege

September 10th, 2014

58:07

I recently attended a talk by Boston-based voice actor and ethnographer Khadeja Merenkov about the need to use cultural artifacts accurately and …

Polygamer #04: Sheri Graner Ray on Gender-Inclusive Game Design

August 27th, 2014

58:14

Sheri Graner Ray is a game developer with 25 years experience in the industry and credits that include games such as Ultima and Star Wars Galaxies and co-founding Women in Games International. In 2003, she published the …

Polygamer #03: Shawn Allen of NuChallenger

August 13th, 2014

1:18:04

Shawn Allen of NuChallenger is developing Treachery in Beatdown City, a Bad Dudes-style beat-em-up with turn-based tactical elements and a diverse cast of characters. Do games that stray from the typical “grizzled white …

Polygamer #02: Keisha Howard of the Sugar Gamers

July 23rd, 2014

1:06:03

Keisha Howard is the founder of the Sugar Gamers, a female-oriented group of over 2,000 gamers in the Chicago area. Unlike Ubisoft’s Frag Dolls, the …

Polygamer #01: Matt Conn of GaymerX

July 9th, 2014

1:13:19

Welcome to the premiere episode of Polygamer, where we look to expand the equality and diversity of the gaming industry. New episodes of Polygamer …

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