“You Can Have Gay Sex in Video Games And Eat It Too” – Robert Yang

Social Justice Institute
Noted Scholars Lecture Series

Robert Yang
You Can Have Gay Sex in Video Games And Eat It Too

Nov 2, 12-1pm
Room 028, Jack Bell Building
2080 West Mall, UBC

RSVP

This event is free and open to the public. RSVP’s are not required to attend, only encouraged.

Abstract: How gay are video games? It depends. Most video games rarely represent or mention sexuality… on the other hand, there’s this thing called Tumblr. In this talk, I will analyze the institutional barriers that often discourage creators from making sex games, and briefly survey a variety of sex in game culture — including my personal practice as a game developer, and why some people claim I’m the Robert Mapplethorpe of video games, for better or worse.

This event is co-sponsored by Critical Studies in Sexuality.


Robert Yang is an indie game developer and adjunct instructor in New York City. He regularly teaches game design within NYU Game Center at New York University, IDM at NYU Poly School of Engineering, and MFADT at Parsons School for Design. He has spoken at GDC, IndieCade, Queerness and Games Conference, and Games for Change. He holds a BA in English Literature from UC Berkeley, and an MFA in Design and Technology from Parsons School for Design.