Roll for Diversity Hub and Lounge
New to PAX East this year was the Roll for Diversity Hub and Lounge, a place where minority groups within the gaming community could promote awareness of their culture and values. When this concept was announced a few months ago, I thought it sounded like an interesting idea; however, it was heavily criticized, primarily because I think a lot of folks misunderstood the concept. Now, though, PAX East is behind us, and since I was unable to attend the event, I'm curious as to how well the concept was implemented.
Did any folks make it out to the Roll for Diversity Hub and Lounge this year? If so, what did you think?
Which just really brought back memories of highschool and that was not cool at all. I think they would have been way cooler being on the actual expo floor vs shuffled off into a separate area.
Just my thoughts.
I loved getting to talk with everyone in there and finding out what they were all about, for a lot of great information there. While we didn't spend a ton of time there, it was one of the places my group and I kept bringing up as a favorite of the whole show.
Next year I'll have to try and get there during the day, or maybe it could stay open later.
With that said, I'm glad that some people were able to get something out of it, and I hope it sticks around for the rest of PAX as a thing.
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Seems like traffic improved later on saturday when they opened all the doors instead of just the two end ones.
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The exposure they received paled compared to the exposure they would have received on the main floor.
Instead of hidden in a room, they needed to be out in the open, maybe in bannered booths along the halls, to attract a larger audience for their games.
Well, to be fair, exhibitors in the Diversity Lounge don't have to pay for the space, which isn't true for exhibitors in the main hall.
It's a good stepping stone but much work needs to be done.
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I'm not sure what you could name it so it doesn't give off that odious reek, but were you to name it something that conjures fewer images of San Francisco/Portland/Seattle fringe social nonsense, it might draw in more people.
I think Diversity Lounge was just fine (Roll For Diversity equally so), and you're just a bit knee-jerk about it...
I worked the lounge. It was just fine where it was.
Being on the expo floor was not possible for one simple reason...the expo floor is a barely restrained riot of people under the best of circumstances and talking one-on-one with people would have been impossible.
We were busy the whole weekend. I was suspicious going in, but was asked to come due to my background in LGBT and diversity education. I worked for Sean Z. Maker at the Bent-Con table.
The gaming companies were the disappointing part of the event. Not a single Dev or company rep came through. Saturday I personally searched out every one of the devs I could find, and they all gave lip service, then sent no one.
Saturday, Mike came through. I figured if he came with a zoo of media or a large entourage that the diversity lounge was a rep fix. Our Enforcer told us he was going to come visit. We waited a bit. I looked up after telling folks about the Bent-Con and saw him standing there alone quietly talking to each table. He came by our table and I talked to him. I expressed my perspective and he understood. He was sincere as best as I could observe.
So we weren't isolated. We were not a zoo. We were in a main hallway sharing space with the busy theaters. We had four sets of doors all open wide and huge signs pointing to our presence and containing all the diversity panels and their times. The diversity panels made up about a fifteen percent, or so, of the panels, I think. There were a lot.
It was successful. I had a nice time. I didn't sit there in a state of tension for three whole days, and I am thankful for that. Mike was sincere. Robert Khoo was sensitive to the needs of the hub and lounge. He checked in often, and from what I could tell, made sure any issues were handled quickly. I felt the effort was sincere and my wariness was completely alleviated.
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