Lienzo to Talk Latinx Culture in Games at PAX South

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Lienzo PAX panel

Developer Lienzo, creators of Mulaka and Hunter’s Legacy, will discuss Latinx culture and representation in video games at PAX South 2020.

“We strongly believe that Latin America has a lot to offer when it comes to cultural heritage and the way these stories can be shared with an international audience, hungry for new and different types of content,” writes the developer. “However, we also believe that there is an appropriate way of crafting and delivering these stories. We’d love to talk about our learnings while creating a game like Mulaka.

“For the panel, we are bringing together folks from different mediums and with distinct perspectives that can surely help us explore cultural representation throughout the years and will surely provide rich insights into the matter.”

The panel will be held on Friday, Jan. 17, from 12:30-1:30 p.m. in the PAX Latinx Lounge.

PAX’s description of the panel reads:

In the growing tide of games emerging as part of the Latin American game development renaissance, we find it critical to address the importance of accurate and sensitive depiction of culture. This panel explores historical representation of Latinx culture in gaming and its evolution. We will examine the particular case of Mulaka, a game inspired by the rich indigenous culture of the Tarahumara, highlighting the measures taken to ensure that any allusion to culture was always portrayed properly without hindering development. Finally, we will examine cultural sensitivity and accurate representation from the point of view of the press and content creators. Join us in this panel where the perspective of a developer, a content creator and a journalist come together to discuss the issue.

Panelists will be Alexis Ramon [Mixer Partner, Mixer], Bryan Rosario [Content Creator, Mixer Interactive Streaming LLC], Arturo Nuñez [Unity Evangelist, Unity 3D], Victor Peña [Writer, Drop The Spotlight], Guillermo Vizcaino [PR & Marketing | Writer, Lienzo], and María Vargas [Writer/Press, La Chica Gamer].

PAX South will be held at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, Texas, from Jan. 17-19, 2020.

About Leah McDonald

Leah's been playing video games since her brother first bought an Atari back in the 1980s and has no plans to stop playing anytime soon. She enjoys almost every genre of game, with some of her favourites being Final Fantasy Tactics, Shadow of the Colossus, Suikoden II and The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past. Leah lives on the East Coast with her husband and son. You can follow Leah over on Twitter @GamingBricaBrac