It’s been a rough couple weeks. We hope you’re all hanging in there and protecting your space. Recharge and hang with us! This week we’re joined by Courtney Craven (they/them), a video games industry accessibility consultant, captioner for Epic Games, and the editor-in-chief of Can I Play That?, the online destination for gamers and developers to find reviews, news stories, and features spotlighting accessibility advocacy within the gaming industry.
Courtney shares the frustrating and disturbing personal story of how playing Destiny with their late partner inspired them to break into the video game accessibility industry, and Spencer freaks out a little bit over having the chance to vent about Tell Me Why with another trans person. (It gets a little spicy.) From talking about gaming through the pandemic by picking flowers in Red Dead Redemption II to shining a light on the often unseen struggles faced by those in the accessibility community when it comes to advocacy fatigue, we LOVED having this time with Courtney and we think you will too.
Follow Courtney Craven on Twitter: https://twitter.com/CyclopediaBrain
Visit Can I Play That?: https://caniplaythat.com/
About Pixel Therapy
We’re a bi-weekly interview show bringing you new perspectives on video game culture and current events while centering the relationships queer folks, trans folks, people of color, disabled folks, and other marginalized players have with games. We lovingly feature fresh takes on video game culture with folks who may or may not identify as gamers– from streamers and industry folks to artists and activists, everyone deserves a little pixel therapy. Launched September 2020, we have fun, we go deep, and we explore the love of games within a broader social and cultural context while challenging conventional notions of what it means to be a “gamer”— and who gets to call themselves one. New episodes drop every other Tuesday. Learn more and subscribe at pixeltherapypod.com.
Spencer Icasiano (they/them) is a queer and mixed Filipinx writer, product designer, and co-host of Pixel Therapy, a podcast about the emotional connections people form with video games. They have written on topics of queer and trans identity, art-making, and advocacy for several online and print publications.