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VIDEO GAME DESIGNER LINDSAY GRACE

When considering the focus of today’s video games, most would consider the opportunity to virtually engage in our favorite social pastimes- sports, singing and dancing and even simulated combat. Lindsay Grace, considered one of the most influential African Americans on…

When considering the focus of today’s video games, most would consider the opportunity to virtually engage in our favorite social pastimes- sports, singing and dancing and even simulated combat. Lindsay Grace, considered one of the most influential African Americans on the gaming industry, however, is using his talents in the field to create social influence.

“Most of what I do is around social impact gaming—persuasive play. [It’s] game design to change people’s interests, activities, opinions, [and provide] new perspectives,” says Grace. One game in particular, Black Like Me, addresses social prejudices. It involves matching tiles by color, however the player is deliberately provided a limited color selection. “If you discriminate by color, you can’t win the game,” he explains to Black Enterprise.

Big Huggin’, another of Grace’s games, is first affection game of its kind.  Players hug a 30-inch teddy bear to get through obstacles on the screen. It counters many violent games on the market.

According to Black Enterprise, Grace is also focused on the underrepresentation of minority developers in the gaming industry. He has participated in a number of diversity summits that have sought to increase minority participation in gaming. He also serves as the vice president of The Global Game Jam, a non-profit organization that runs the largest gaming making event in the world!

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