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Level Up: Going deeper into video game culture
What do video games contribute to storytelling, stress-relief and society? As part of Freeplay 2015, we explore the prevailing issues and opportunities of game culture with Lawrence Leung, Vanessa Toholka, Scott Edgar and Leena van Deventer.
Lawrence is an award winning stand-up comedian, screenwriter and documentary-maker. He created the ABC1 comedy shows Lawrence Leung’s Unbelievable and the AFI Award-nominated Choose Your Own Adventure and co-wrote and starred in ABC2's action/comedy series Maximum Choppage. Recently, he wrote an episode of The Family Law (SBS2) and played a sleazy nerd in Jane Campion's Top of the Lake.
Leena van Deventer is a writer, game developer, and educator from Melbourne. In 2013 she co-founded WiDGET, a support group for women and non-binary game developers with over 800 members. In 2016 she co-authored Game Changers: From Minecraft to Misogyny, the fight for the future of videogames for Affirm Press with Dr. Dan Golding.
Vanessa Toholka is a management consultant, with over fifteen years experience working in digital content and strategy.
Scott Edgar has been peddling comedy music on radio, television and stage for twenty years with his compadres in Melbourne group Tripod.
Tripod are deep in preparation for the premiere of their love letter to gaming and gamers, symphonic opus This Gaming Life, orchestrated and conducted by Tripod’s new bestie Austin Wintory (BAFTA-winning composer of Journey and the Banner Saga), to be performed with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra on April 17 and 18 at Hamer Hall.
Scott has nursed a love of games since he first opened a copy of the Dungeons and Dragons module, Keep on the Borderlands. Then, when computers were invented? Forget about it.