I, 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!
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: