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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. 

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Archiving the Past and Building Black Trans Futures with Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley Pixel Therapy Pod

We're joined by Danielle Brathwaite Shirley (they/she) this week, a game maker and artist living and working in London. Danielle creates work that seeks to archive the Black Trans experience. In Danielle's words: I USE TECHNOLOGY TO IMAGINE OUR LIVES IN ENVIRONMENTS THAT CENTRE OUR BODIES…THOSE LIVING, THOSE THAT HAVE PASSED AND THOSE THAT HAVE BEEN FORGOTTEN. We were thrilled to share space with them, discussing their games THE BLACK TRANS ARCHIVE and RESURRECTION LANDS, Afrofuturism, trans tourism, and Blade. Meanwhile, Spencer wants to know if we really need Uncharted to be a TV show and Indiana Jones to be a game when we could tell stories about literally anything else, and Jamie introduces a brand-new segment! Follow Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley… Website: https://www.daniellebrathwaiteshirley.com/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ladydangfua/ Side Quest Support our previous guest Mars Dixon's (@mmdizzie on Instagram) new project, which aims to rebuild computers for QTBIPOC and bridge the digital divide! https://www.instagram.com/rebooty_computers/ This episode is sponsored by the following Patreon supporters: Yinka Araromi About Pixel Therapy New episodes drop every other Tuesday. Learn more at pixeltherapypod.com or follow us on social media @pixeltherapypod. If you like what you hear, please take a moment to rate us, leave us a review on Apple Podcasts (or your listening app of choice) & subscribe! Want more? Join our little community over on Patreon! https://www.patreon.com/pixeltherapypod Support this podcast
  1. Archiving the Past and Building Black Trans Futures with Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley
  2. Gamifying Mental Health Management in Dofus and Dark Souls with CelesMeh
  3. Pixel Therapy's Year in Gaming 2020
  4. From God of War to Baten Kaitos: The Spectrum of Narrative Game Design with Sisi Jiang
  5. Gaming Misconceptions and Musings with Glass Artist Momoko Schafer
  6. How Destiny's Lack of Inclusive Design Spawned "Can I Play That?" with Courtney Craven
  7. Queering Gaming Culture and The Sims' Secret Gay History with Mars Dixon

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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. Pixel Therapy Pod is hosted by Spencer Icasiano (they/them), a queer and trans, mixed Filipinx writer and designer, and Jamie Siebenaler (she/her), a queer, white cis theatre and film professional.