Courtney Craven is a writer, editor, and accessibility expert in video games and education. Courtney is the founder and editor-in-chief at Can I Play That? From their website: Can I Play That? is “a game accessibility resource for both players and developers. Here you will find in-depth accessibility reviews for games, commentary and opinion pieces from disabled gamers, helpful accessibility guides, and our Community Soapbox feature where you can get to know members of the community.”
What You’ll Learn This Week:
- How disabled writers can have a voice in the games and media
- The ways that the editing process can be made more personal
- How editors who care will ensure you find your confidence
- Why it matters to write from your personal experience
- The importance of expanding outside of your bubble
Mentioned in This Episode (Links and Resources!):
- About Can I Play That?
- Submission Guidelines for Can I Play That?
- Ruth Cassidy’s piece “What ‘Easy Mode’ Means For Disabled Players"
- Ruth Cassidy’s piece “What role does game difficulty play?"
- Dr. Kishonna Gray (the Gray Test)
- #GrayTest on Twitter
- Episode Transcript
You Can Find More of Courtney and Their Writing On:
- Their Twitter, @CyclopediaBrain
- Their website, clcraven.com
- Can I Play That? on Twitter, @CanIPlayThat
- Can I Play That?’s website
Shareable Quotes From This Episode:
- Working with new writers on @CanIPlayThat, “We try to build up that confidence [in our writers] that your story matters. And we’re here to help you tell it. That’s what we do.” — @CyclopediaBrain on #WritersRoughDrafts
- “If [our audience] reads a piece that mirrors their experience and then goes on to provide some possible solutions, they might feel more seen in that piece, and then feel themselves inspired to write or do advocacy work.” — @CyclopediaBrain from @CanIPlayThat on #WritersRoughDrafts
- About their career in accessibility in games: “I’ve found that in order for any advocacy in this area of work to succeed, you need to humanize it. People need to see the person being excluded, [and] this is why it matters.” — @CyclopediaBrain from @CanIPlayThat on #WritersRoughDrafts