Okay, audience: you and I both know the “women don’t game” thing is total bullshit, right? From trading Pokémon with classmates, visiting my roommate’s Animal Crossing village, or watching my friends platform on Twitch, women have been present in every stage of my video game life.
Rampant sexism aside, I think part of the reason this myth persists is that sometimes people genuinely don’t know, because women’s voices in gaming are often silenced or just aren’t sought out. And it’s even more of a problem with the older generation of gamers—the ones who played on Commodore 64s, stockpiled quarters, and lived through the Great E.T. Disaster—as gaming continually focuses on the teens and twenty-somethings on the latest consoles. With all that in mind, I reached out to talk about gaming with one of the older gaming women who’s been present since my first Game Boy cartridge… my mom, Jean. (more…)
Longtime writer, temporary office minion, and nerd of all trades, tiakall is a fan of lengthy subordinate clauses and the Oxford comma. She enjoys plants, cats, puns of varying quality, and making cannibal jokes before it was cool.
At PAX East this year, I was pleasantly surprised to the see the dedication to showcasing digital indie games. There was the Indie Showcase, the PAX Rising booth, and the PAX Roadshow – Australia section. This meant lots of indies for me to try and report back to you, fair reader! (more…)
Community builder, artist, convention organizer, gamer, geek writer Women Write About Comics and Sidequest. Product Maven at Almost a Game. Owner, Bittenby Studios.
Actually, the fact that –indeed– women play video games isn’t really news anymore, thanks to the Entertainment Software Association annual reports, despite being kicked out of the focus groups somewhere in the early ‘90s thanks to niche marketing. But the prevailing notion that women are largely casual players still seems to serve as clickbait for game sites, also thanks to those same reports. Game analytics consulting practice Quantic Foundry’s latest gaming industry survey attempts to break down the numbers: (more…)
Mother, geek, executive assistant sith, gamer, writer, lazy succubus, blogger, bibliophile. Not necessarily in that order. Publisher at WomenWriteAboutComics.com
Can you really encourage someone to enter an environment that devalues their experiences and knowledge because of their gender? More men in game development say they want more women in gaming, but they do nothing to make the industry more accepting of women.