Kate Edwards is the executive director of the International Game Developers Association. She is also a geographer, writer and content culturalization strategist, most active in information-based cartography and video game content. Edwards spent over a decade working in various roles at Microsoft, creating the Geopolitical Strategy team and working to evaluate and manage geopolitical and cultural content in software products. After leaving Microsoft she founded Englobe (now Geogrify) as a consulting firm engaged in content culturalization and strategy, primarily for the video game industry.
For my lecture, I can do a talk about how to be an advocate, and what drives someone (like myself) to care and be willing to stand up and take action to improve game development. It's meant to be motivational and similar talks I've given have been very well received. I even spend a little time talking about the issue of impostor syndrome and how it affects creative people. Of course I can mention also the union aspect, as a form of developers taking control of their profession. I'll focus on that issue of the strength of the local industry and the challenge of promoting that industry beyond borders, etc. As far as game culturalization, that's my work in helping game developers avoid making geopolitical and cultural mistakes in their games that cause governments to ban them, consumers to backlash
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