PAX addresses inclusivity with addition of "Diversity Lounges"

Penny Arcade Expo to introduce special area for attendees to find information about issues surrounding women, LGBTQ, and more.

Penny Arcade Expo (PAX) events around the world will introduce a special area for upcoming shows that aims to offer a safe and welcoming environment for diversity, it has been revealed.

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Documents obtained by IndieStatik and confirmed by PAX director Robert Khoo, show that future shows in Seattle, Boston, and Melbourne will include a "Roll for Diversity Hub & Lounge.

"This space will exist as a resource for PAX attendees to find information related to issues surrounding women, LGBTQ, people of color, disabled people, and mental health issues in gaming," the document says.

This space will also be a resource for industry professionals and fans to "interface in a setting focused on diversity, receive diversity training, learn more about diversity, and meet people from diverse communities."

Of course, creating these "Diversity Lounges" could be seen as trivializing or marginalizing these groups, but Khoo does not see it that way.

"Our goal was to highlight diverse groups (and organizations that represent diverse groups) in the industry that might not necessarily get exposure otherwise," Khoo told Kotaku. "We have a limited number of slots, and the booths are free. In addition, since all of our content is spread out at the show rather than 'tracked', the hub will also be a resource for people to find the diverse sessions, events, and exhibitors."

The establishment of the "Diversity Lounges" comes after event organizers made controversial statements regarding transgender people earlier this year. These comments fueled Gone Home studio The Fulbright Company's decision to distance itself from PAX.

PAX East takes place April 11-13 in Boston, Massachusetts. GameSpot will be on-hand at the event.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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35 comments
eamo-k
eamo-k

So in order to be more inclusive you decided to create an area specifically aimed at appeasing minorities...rather than just make the show as a whole a better place to be for everyone. Right...

As a side note I absolutely loathe the term "people of colour." Firstly we're all a colour so it's just confusing. Secondly it's just short hand for "Not White" and a lazy description of ethnic minorities that just shouldn't be used any more.

Prometheus
Prometheus

At some point, organizers of gaming events will need to stop trying to cater to self-described 'victims' of discrimination. They won't ever be happy, because they enjoy complaining and having everyone's attention too much.

JimmeyBurrows
JimmeyBurrows

Aah, so it's an appology... Very smooth Pax.

King9999
King9999

What was that saying? "The road to hell is paved with good intentions"?


This lounge only serves to fuel the fire caused by Penny Arcade.  I wouldn't be surprised if more devs & publishers back out of PAX.

Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

I was thinking this was like some off to the side area where tourists can go and have a chat. Sounded strangely like a freak show cage in my mind.

Though I must say of all of the placed I would want to run to when I got to PAX it sure wouldn't be the diversity lounge.

Ereheru
Ereheru

You know, if they had only referred to them as "Diversity Water Fountains", the whole civil rights movement might never happened...


CnConrad
CnConrad

*Shudders*

Where is the white upper middle class father of one booth. I want to raise awareness about any and all problems I have. 

Takeno456
Takeno456

I understand the point of this is to raise awareness and promote a comfortable place for all kinds of people and that is all well and fine but I believe all of this forced diversity in society only seems to create an artificial environment. Let people meet and interact with each other without labels or special areas or anything. People have to be civil to one another in every day environments, not specially designed areas that are suppose to attract only like minded people. Not saying I am against the idea the article is promoting, I just think that creating diversity through artificial means might not be the most effective way of getting people to interact naturally. 

TheWatcher000
TheWatcher000

So Segregation is the answer.


I often wonder how these  douchebags manage to walk around, or even have any feet.  They've shot themselves there so many times, I am surprised they can run from their own bigotry so well.

SurlyPotato
SurlyPotato

"interface in a setting focused on diversity, receive diversity training, learn more about diversity, and meet people from diverse " 


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I get it... you want to be diverse 

chuckles471
chuckles471

I used to laugh at Demolition Man, but now it seems to be more and more like a great social commentary.


Ok, time to embrace the crappy future.  Mellow greetings everyone.

ziproy
ziproy

Lol read up on Penny Arcades past exploits so I kinda understand why the have to implement this.


Penny Arcade is entitled to their beliefs though, no matter how ignorant. People just need to ignore them and grow a thicker hide. People are going to be ignorant, especially people who make the games that Penny Arcade makes. Like with any child who says offensive things to get attention, ignore them and they will stop

Tripwolf
Tripwolf

Yeah, this sounds like segregation to me, lol. Not that I care. Sounds like a bunch of PC PR BS. That's right, 3 acronyms back to back!

pcty
pcty

This Diversity Lounges are just another way of segregation.

DigitalDame
DigitalDame moderator moderatorstaff

Poor Penny Arcade, they're trying soooo hard. 

AlwaysRunning
AlwaysRunning

Can someone explain to me what the "Q" in "LGBTQ" means?

Starting to run out of alphabet for all the sexual deviations they're cramming in there.

shingui5
shingui5

Nothing say diversity like segregated areas!

P.S. i get their point, but this is probably the most backwards way of trying to be inclusive, that i have ever seen. 

xsonicchaos
xsonicchaos

Dividing diversity! I know this is not what it is about, but it's not far from it. instead of trying to become a homogeneous, unitary community filled with all kinds of people, ethnicities, races and genders, we need to clearly organize people into groups so they don't kill eachother or whatever the media might make up, which will do anyway.

Zombrex
Zombrex

So glad they're adding these things because all the past PAXs were filled with bigots with genocidal tendencies. 

shingui5
shingui5

Nothing say diversity like segregated areas!


bluefox755
bluefox755

@eamo-k Lol, yep, give them their own little spot...nothing says desegregation like giving minorities their own special areas.

Link3301
Link3301

What? These are just booths for spreading awareness about issues in the industry.

shadowkratos774
shadowkratos774

@shingui5 yeah as a minority I feel all these "PC" and "diversity" events do is just isolate people more. People should just make a game because it's what they want to make.

Michformer
Michformer

@Zombrex These lounges only serve to marginalize the concerned groups. We shouldn't treat them in a way that justifies having separate sections for them.

TheWatcher000
TheWatcher000

@Link3301You just keep telling yourself that, cupcake.



Maybe they'll add some "Free Speech Zones", and then everything will be REALLY diverse and inclusive.