Having women problems in gaming?

976132547-00I, as a male gamer who has to read article after article by people such as Kotaku’s Patricia Hernandez, honestly hope that there will one day be more gender equality in gaming, both as a hobby, but more importantly in the industry.

We can constantly complain that men aren’t making the games that depict women the way women want them to be portrayed, or women can take back the torch and light the path towards change. Programming was once deemed ‘women’s work,’ and women helped create some great games such as 3D Tic-Tac-Toe (Atari 2600) and Centipede.

Since the early years of gaming, programming games became more male dominated. Just because that is the way it is now, however, doesn’t mean that that’s the way it should stay. Why should a group of mostly men decide who our daughters look up to? If Princess Peach is sexist, then let’s make a character who is not! Honestly, at this point, we need a gaming version of CLAMP!

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Women can’t just sit idly by, and wait for Supergirl to come along though, while people like Anita Sarkeesian complain about everything without any suggestions for women on how to improve the situation. Thankfully there are organizations such as Women in Games Special Interest Group (WIGSIG) as well as Women in Games Job (WIGJ) that help women in the gaming industry. Also, there are also video game female pioneers in the teaching industry, such as Donna Bailey and Brenda Laurel.

For more information about women and gaming, here are a few interesting links:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Women_and_video_games
http://classicgames.about.com/od/history/tp/HistoricWomeninClassicGames.htm
http://technical.ly/brooklyn/2013/11/21/phoenix-perry-video-game-women/
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/women/womens-life/10405226/Coding-still-a-mans-game.html
http://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2013/11/08/interview-code-liberation-on-game-workshops-for-women/
http://www.gtfothemovie.com/

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One thought on “Having women problems in gaming?

  1. I quite agree. It’s one thing to complain and it’s another to do something about it. I think the main problem was the general attitude that women couldn’t (or shouldn’t?) code and that all that techy stuff was for the boys. Society is finally beginning to take action and is trying to attract more women into the STEM subjects so hopefully we’ll see a whole new generation of female game developers and programmers in the coming years. As a female gamer, I’m glad that gaming has become more inclusive in recent years and that it’s no longer so bizarre for women to enjoy video games. I was called a tom-boy and even a lesbian just because I preferred to play on my Megadrive and PS1 rather than go out and chat about celebrity crushes. The 90s were harsh for female gamers…in my experience anyway.

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