The Trans History of Video Games. Presentation and video game showcase by Whit Pow (NYU, Queer and Trans Media Studies) -- Part of the Feminism+ Series, by the Margaret Cheney Room

Friday, December 04, 2020 at 3:00pm to 4:00pm

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Did you know that video game history is a trans history? Perhaps not: because trans histories have always been erased out of the official account of the past. But trans coders and video game designers have in fact been at the very front of some of the key early developments of video games as such. Whit Pow, assistant professor of Queer and Trans Media Studies at NYU guides us through an exploration of some of the key early trans figures of video game design and coding. Come and learn about this crucial but less known history, discover some early and contemporary trans games, and learn about the field of queer game studies!


About Whit Pow:

Whitney (Whit) Pow is  Assistant Professor of Queer and Transgender Media Studies at New York University in the Department of Media, Culture, and Communication. Their work focuses on queer and trans histories of software, technology, and computing. They are currently on work at many book and article projects, including People Orientations: Toward a Queer and Transgender Software History, a book project that locates queer and transgender programmers and video game designers in histories of early software development, computing, and early interactive technologies. Read more on their website at


About the Margaret Cheney Room:

The Margaret Cheney Room is MIT’s space for woman-identified and nonbinary students. We exist to provide a home base and a community and intellectual space for this important student population. As the physical Cheney Room remains closed during the pandemic, keep an eye out for our virtual programming, which includes community building events, workshops on care of self and community, and opportunities to learn and engage in service. For more information, go to our website at , follow us on Twitter (@cheney_room), and sign up for our mailing list at

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