Looking for Something to do in New York City tonight? Look no further than tonight’s NYU event: How Urban Black and Latino Cultures Can Be the Next Frontier for Indie Games.

The indie game scene has been in sort of a renaissance for the past few years and the games that come out of this community only seem to get better and better. A talk about the participation, recognition and influence of Black and Latino culture within gaming is topic well worth having. Considering the lack of Black and Latino influence on games and the misinterpretation that often comes when games try to portray characters of this ethnicity, I’m looking forward to the event. Detail below:

How Urban Black and Latino Cultures Can Be the Next Frontier for Indie Games
Shawn Allen
Thursday, April 24, 7PM
2 Metrotech Center, 8th Floor

A theme that pervades the indie games movement is how anyone can make games, yet, as is reflected in the “AAA” games industry, the new wave of smaller game development has a dearth of people from the black and Latino communities. Having created many forms of culture that have had worldwide influence you have to wonder why urban black and Latino people are nearly absent in the currently bustling and growing indie games scene. Could it be societal mores, apathy, lack of relatable success stories or something else that has created a barrier to seeing notable growth from these groups?

This talk will be an exploration of culture both gaming related and beyond to address the possibilities of why some the indie scene is lacking in these voices as well as speaking to why it’s important that indies and surrounding establishments, such as games media and academia, can help turn the tide and create a more inclusive indie games scene.

Want to see what Shawn’s been creating? Check out the Kickstarter for Treachery in Beatdown City! Treachery in Beatdown City is a tactical brawler – a mix of side scrolling beat-em-up action with snappy menu based COMBO attacks releasing on PC/Mac.

RSVP here. Free and open to the public.