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The RizTest Podcast - a monthly (or so) podcast discussing the protrayal of Muslims on Film, TV and the arts. #riztest

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S2 E5: Muslim Representation in Video Games // RizTest Podcast

Ramadan Mubarak! Ramadan Kareem! 🕋

We geek out and level up this week with the amazingly talented Osama Dorias and discuss the topic of representation of Muslims in Video Games🕹. 

Osama is Lead Games Designer at Warner Brother Games Canada, authored the Independent Video Games programme at Dawson College (Qubec) , founded the Montreal Independent Games Awards and is President of the Muslim In Games Special Interest Group for the IGDA (International Games Developers Association).

Osama is also a prolific public speaker talking about Muslim Representation in Video Games at conferences around the world, most notably at the Games Developer Conference presenting a “How to Guide to Muslim Representation in Video Games”.

We discuss:

  • Personal journey into the world of video games
  • The ‘Good Muslim Vs Bad Muslim’ Trope
  • Parallels between the Film & TV and Games Industry
  • Well-Intentioned mistakes with representation and why being too afraid to try leads to poor representation
  • Bad guys in games: Zombies, Muslims and Nazis
  • Concept of 'Arabistan'
  • Is representation better in Indie Games? or Big Studio Games?
  • People of Colour in Play (organisation)
  • Muslim Representation in Graphic Novels
  • Osama’s Talk at the GDC “A How to Guide for Muslim Representation in Video Games”

Games covered:

  • Little Big Planet (2008)
  • Call of Duty Franchise (2007-)
  • Counter Strike (2000)
  • Terminator Salvation (2009)
  • Super Street Fighter IV (2010)
  • Tekken 7 (2015)
  • Overwatch (2015)
  • Deus Ex (2000)
  • Assassins Creed Franchise (2007-)
  • Spiderman (PS4 2018)
  • Good Pizza Great Pizza (2018)
  • MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries (2018)
  • Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege: Year 5 Pass (2020)
  • After HOURS (2018)


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