Emily Flynn-Jones


The Feminist Mix Tape Game Jam is a two-day event in collaboration with the UK’s XX+ Jam and supported by ReFiG. This jam invites women, trans persons, non-binary folk and allies to participate. The feminist focus asks participants to create a game in response to a piece of music from our feminist playlist (the browser […]


ReFiG has launched and is in its 2nd year. Dedicated to supporting work that promotes diversity, inclusion and equity in games across the sectors of formal education, informal learning, the game industry and games/cultures, we invite paper proposals for presentation at our conference to be held at Concordia University in Montreal from October 27-29, 2016. […]

The Cost/Benefit Ratio of Fieldwork at Game Industry Conferences – Jennifer R. Whitson

In this blog post about game developer conventions I want to make two points: The first is about the parallels between precarious indie dev and academic work, and the second is about the exorbitant cost but vital need for ethnographic research in indie communities. For the past decade, I’ve been studying the game industry. Specifically, […]

#GirlsMakeGames: Moving Making to the Next Level

PROGRAM OVERVIEW / WHY #GIRLSMAKEGAMES? / DOWNLOAD PARTICIPANT’S GAMES Taking place on the unceded and occupied territory of the Coast Salish people, in late March 2016, eight girls and gender nonconforming youth gathered on Penelakut territory / in Galiano Island to challenge social barriers in gaming. #GirlsMakeGames was a 4-day opportunity to engage a diverse […]

ReFiG at GDC

I arrived late. I fumbled my way up the stairs of the HiHostel, otherwise known as the “indie hostel”, and pushed myself through the door to the room I’d call home for the next week. I didn’t want to wake my roommates (two of which are my friends), but I was so excited that I […]


We are at Different Games and having a blast at this excellent, inclusive conference. We gave a panel on teaching games studies, describing how to bring gender studies, feminism (even by stealth), critical races studies, queer studies and intersectional perspectives into game studies curriculum. This was in addition to talking about inclusive classroom practices. As promised, […]

International Women’s Day Event With Little Dada

On International Women’s Day, an event called “A Lab Of One’s Own” was run by Little Dada in collaboration with ReFIG. It was a technology workshop and conversation. The event celebrated the social, economic, cultural and political achievement of women. The evening consisted of a creative electronics experiment using Arduinos and a short series of […]

Pixelles At Indiecade

For the first time ever, Pixelles was invited to participate in a games festival outside of Quebec. The destination was sunny Culver City, California, and the event was Indiecade 2015. Normally we do not do outreach or promotion outside of Montreal, but we were invited by Indiecade organizers to be a part of their new […]

ReFiG Inaugural Workshop

We will be launching Refiguring Innovation in Games with a 2-day workshop on November 7 & 8 at the TIFF Bell Lightbox in Toronto. International partners will be joining us to share and collaboratively develop a number of research projects focused on the intersections of gender and gaming. After the workshop we will have exciting […]