Women in Gaming – Geek Week

Women in Gaming – Geek Week


Hula hoop–oohh. So I’m here at the Museum
of Design in Atlanta. Museum of Design in–oh! I almost had it. Hey everybody I’m here at
the Museum of Design in Atlanta, hula-hooping to celebrate the opening of ‘XYZ’, an exhibit
focusing on women in video game design. Because you know what? Women play video games and
they make them. And this is me hula-hooping. This year actually is my 30th anniversary
of being in the game industry. I got into it by accident. What really interested me
about me was the social interaction. My background is in interactive art. In interactive
art there’s always this challenge of getting the interaction to work and getting people
to actually engage with an interactive work. Games are just a really effective form to
do that. They’ve figured out essentially kind of the magic structure that you need to have
to get people to kind of have a sustained engagement with something that’s interactive.
You could actually try to tell a story or you could try to create an experience. The video game industry has created this very
narrow definition of gamer and a very narrow definition of game. As long as you kind of
picture games as being this monolithic thing then it’s easy to say well that’s not something
I really enjoy. One of my favorite sort of threads is sort of these games that are devoted
towards encouraging people to socialize even though they’re socializing using a computer
game, to socialize in person with each other. That goes back to a game like ‘Mule’, where
you know you’re playing this kind of resource management game but I mean I remember my dad
and I playing that game when I was a kid and it’s entirely about the social interaction.
It’s entirely about yelling at people who are like have just done something to completely
mess up your strategy. Part of gaming design is what the players are doing, right? So you
can’t see that until you start playing. You have to experience a game you can’t just sort
of look at a game. I’m going to play some ‘Ninja Shadow Warrior’ in which I have to
match up my shadow with a random object that’s going to pop up on screen. So ‘Ninja Shadow
Warrior’ is a photo booth arcade game that I made inspired by sort of the social space
that surrounded arcade games in the eighties. It’s a game that’s supposed to encourage uh
multiplayer play. I’m here with the creators of a video game called ‘Kiss Controller’.
You can play video game while you are kissing with your partner. There are some games like
Wii or Kinect where you can use your body. I tried to find some kind of using your emotions
or you affection to play video game. One person wears a magnet on his tongue and the other
person wears a headset. I can actually map inside their mouth where the tongue is. One
is a bowling game and the other one is a racing car game. The bowling game when you move your
tongue fast and that’s the bowling ball’s speed and where your tongue is is the bowling
ball’s direction. This game right behind me is called ‘Flatlands’ and essentially it’s
like ‘Apples to Apples’ but instead of just matching up cards, from an adjective and a
noun, you have to pick the board game that best represents the adjective-noun combo.
So for example if the adjective-noun combo was something like ‘sexist gender roles’ and
I picked up this board game where obviously it shows all the things that a woman can be
which are a secretary, flight attendant, a nurse, a princess or a ballerina I think that
this one would probably win. There’s a game that addressed the subject of female masturbation
through the concept of a bunny. So there’s this bunny in the game and you have to kind
of stroke the bunny in certain ways to send the bunny on this wonderful fantastic voyage.
It’s a game that has a lot of depth and it explores the little red riding hood myth through
a number of different characters, they each have their own version of the story. 47% of
game-players are women, about 12% of the game industry is female. We really feel like this
show provides roll models for girls. A lot of women will quit because they just don’t
like being in a locker room all day. Companies need to take a little more measures to decrease
sexual harassment, trash-talking, other sorts of behavior that deters women. The specific
kind of work that women have done to diversify what games are and to kind of broaden the
approach in the kinds of experiences they create are essential to getting people really
engaged in playing games. A lot of the games that end up getting a lot of media attention,
these kind of larger triple A titles, they’re tailored towards a young male audience in
terms of themes and in terms of kind of the accessibility of them. That’s kind of why
it’s valuable to get women particularly involved in first of all talking about the games that
they like to play and also getting involved in making them. Part of what we want to do
with a show like this is to start to celebrate the women who do get involved and the types
of games and works that they actually make. That is a powerful incentive. Anything that
you would be interested in I think that the show hopefully can give you somebody to connect
with where you can say you know I really like stories and these are the particular games
that speak to me and maybe encourage me to either seek out more games like this or to
create a game like that myself. Why would you want to exclude half your market? The
vast majority of people who do microtransactions, games like that, are female. So even though
the gender mix of the players might not be equal the actual monetary benefit is coming
from women. Doesn’t make any sense to say oh, 52% of the population we don’t care about
them, we’re not going to take their money. It makes business sense as well as it’s just
the better more ethical way to do it. I know that people are going to walk into the show
and see a great number of works that they would not have thought of when they think
of games. We’ve pulled together this king of possibility space where women are kind
of celebrated as sort of major creative contributors to games. And what people take away from that
is whatever kind of connections and things that they see, that we’ve kind of provided
this ground for people to come in and kind of build their own conclusions and make their
own interpretations.

100 Comments on "Women in Gaming – Geek Week"


  1. Then again it could also what gaming community you are in. If you are one dominated by 10-13 year old boys like call of duty then yes there probably will be harassment. I play starcraft online and have not really encountered anyone who gave a fuck if a team member was a chick. I am a white male and if I suck during a game people will put me down for bad game play which is fair since it is relevant to the game.

    Reply

  2. You have a very 'whatever' attitude to harassment, you come across as 'it's just boys being boys' and that's not ok. Women should be able to play any game without harassment. We need to impress upon young men that it's not ok to do this.

    Reply

  3. Vsauce has an excellent video regarding what gaming is. Has some great clear definitions.

    But fuck all that noise – you know a game when you play it.

    Using "gaming" as a framework for expressing any number of ideas is – while admirable – is to create that which lacks a heart. Designing a game, even if just around very limited and simple gameplay – is the heart of it. Then, the expressions of ideas can emerge.

    Or to put it 80's style. Where's the beef?

    Reply

  4. Team Fortress 2, the game you were saying you played, a lot.

    In context of this video, game design, I saw that your mentioned TF2, and just felt like chipping in, that it's an incredibly well designed game. I understand why you play it a lot.

    Because it's awesome.

    And, if you know it's history, you'll get why the design, the insight, and the final result are distilled awesome. And how it's so delightful to play – specifically due to the stripped back game design, compared to its predecessors.

    Reply

  5. It's too excellent about which to be sarcastic. That and, I'm a gamer.

    It's really amazing design. Rob had the initial insight for it, way back using doom2. But through all the versions, through the huge development time. The end result was beautifully stripped back design.

    He said that the classes are defined by their limitations, rather than ability.

    The removal of grenades, locking down movement speeds. Health.

    After decades, and millions of dollars, his original insight proved perfect.

    Reply

  6. There are plenty of horny immature dickwads who play video games online with other players, including girls. It isn't right, but they will try to be cool and hit on them in their own dysfunctional way via the message boards or headset chatting. Sometimes "befriending" the girls so they can team up more often, but just so everyone knows: BEING HARASSED IS NORMAL WHILE PLAYING GAMES. PEOPLE GET UPSET AND CUSS EACH OTHER OUT. Girls don't get easy passes on this. All are equal.

    Reply

  7. Some "gamers" play Candy Crush, some play Space Invaders and some play Call of Bullshit. Why do you care? Stop labeling everything and go home.

    Reply

  8. women bring whole new element to video games we need them if we want to thrive and grow as an industry and a culture, also they make things like comic con and dragon con allot more fun ūüėõ (don't kill me)

    Reply

  9. Alright I disagree. In my opinion Mostly any of this guys who lash out on woman that are gamers, just for trolling purposes. They want them to get mad, so that the woman they trolling lash out on them. Also tying down the manhood to video games and tying down self appearance to woman is not a label that can be put so easily, because it can always go backwards. Ever heard of the phrase a man trapped in a woman's body? or a woman trapped on a man's body?

    Reply

  10. Ideas like this are the reason the gaming industry is becoming so derivative. The ultimate goal of any game is to provide entertainment. If there was no variation between the involvement of that entertainment, then all games would be the same.

    Reply

  11. DISAGREE. Video games designed by women don't get nearly as much promotion, so exhibits like these are necessary.

    Reply

  12. Sadly we gotta accept lame games like candy crush and angry birds as games. Cuz when you look at it, it's a game like columns or tetris.
    All games are games, just pick the ones you like and enjoy! I Played & Beat some kingdom hearts, Zelda, Monster hunter and a FPS game or two. oh ya Resident evil 4 & 5. FF7… So ya, I can call myself a casual gamer Girl due for not collecting every hidden item. Not much for the old OLD school games mostly because my sister wouldn't share the controller… :<

    Reply

  13. I dont see the female gaming population 45% even when you do include rubbish like candy crush etc, if I look at the people I know 99% of the males I know play games and I would say 20% at a push of females even entertain any sort of gaming within my circle of people, that is including all the youth I work with. This study seems highly inaccurate to me and don't think I am going on a bias of console gaming etc, in fact even the women I know who have games on their phones; is only for their kids.

    Reply

  14. I'm curious what the actual percentage of female gamers is if you eliminate mobile games and web based games. When the video talks about AAA titles being marketed towards the young male gamer, they do so because that's the primary market.

    I wouldn't be surprised if the percentage of female gamers dropped significantly when only considering the Xbox/Playstation/Steam gamers.

    Reply

  15. Are the statistics even close to right on this video? There are more wii players in males than playstation 3? How does that even work when the playstation has a lot more sales in North America? I mean, i'm confused by where they got their numbers from. Plus I saw 3 games that I would really play in this. Lol,LBP, and Journey. The reasons why the games that are created by women that are not AAA titles, is because they cater to themselves, not the majority.

    Reply

  16. Seriously, some gamer girls are real annoying . Seeking attention just because they are girl and they think it is special for them to play games -.- . A real gamer is one that simply play a game to enjoy it .

    Reply

  17. You say that, but their graph did point out that 80 percent of female gamers are using the Wii, which while this isn't entirely representative since it doesn't touch on PC gaming, the Wii also isn't a particularly 'hardcore' platform. As least from a third part developer perspective to a great extent most of them are holding back on making games that fit the Wii. To not call the more socially orientated gamers 'gamers' would probably be a disservice.

    Reply

  18. Oh my god so true. Most females wouldn't announce before a game "HEY EVERYONE I'M A GIRL THAT'S RIGHT A GIRL PAY ATTENTION TO ME PLZ"

    Reply

  19. While I totally agree that there are some "gamer" girls who are total attention whores, there are also a lot of normal females who just happen to like playing games but don't make a big deal of it.

    Reply

  20. I don't find this very common, and I play many games with mic on (things like TF2, Counter-Strike, World of Warcraft, etc). Most of the time men either treat me the same as everyone else, or possibly more lenient. But I guess it depends on servers, game, time zone, etc, and more importantly the manner of speaking and whom you're speaking too. The internet is quite a mixed bag like that :s
    Although I'm quite skeptical of the broad statistics in the video.

    Reply

  21. My point is, depending on your definition everyone is a gamer and likely plays games to some extent. As such being a 'gamer' has changed a lot in its meaning. More as a point of interest and to back your point that most people are gamers. The secondary point was that most of females that play games, (according to them) play on the Wii and most gamers wouldn't consider Wii users as 'gamers' necessarily.

    Reply

  22. I don't really see anything wrong with female gamers, I think its kinda cool. Even though there are some annoying/attention-seeking girls out there that sometimes can piss people off, I wish people could leave them alone.

    Reply

  23. weird statistics… 47% of gamers are female? where are they? i play online games (FPS, RTS and MMOs) since ~2006 and 98% of gamers i meet are male.

    these statistics are probably for facebook games or wii ..

    Reply

  24. I socialize in FPS games, Fighting games, RTS games. I kill everybody and they hate me.
    Once I heard that I should play the game where everybody wins. I'm still trying to figure out that game.

    Reply

  25. 67% of women reported being harassed while playing online? Dont worry ladies, im sure that in time you can reach the 100% that we dudes have been at for ages. What a garbage vid, no offence.

    Reply

  26. The term "Video Game" is used way too loosely. The "Games" in this video are barely that, and any true gamer would tell you that those aren't "Video Games". Please don't group true pieces of art with this garbage.

    Reply

  27. Play Metroid where you play as a girl saving the universe over and over again plus you help the army of guys and its a great game series to. 

    Reply

  28. I don't understand why things always have to be divided. If someone has a burning passion for video games they can pursue it; gender has no correlation with someone's ability to make video games. I think these women are using the fact that they are a women to get attention for the games they make. If you make a good game it doesn't matter to the gamer who made it. If Jk Rowling used Manly McBearded Face as her pen name; it would not of changed the fandom of Harry Potter. Making the fact that you are female the main point of your game is the wrong goal as a game maker. Your only goal should be to make a great game; It should not be to prove girls are as capable as guys, because they are; everyone already knows they are. More guys play video games so more guys make them, there is no secret patriarchal system keeping women down in this field. And even if the number was equal for the number that has played them, guys waste a significant chunk more time on them. Also keep in mind that many of the game designers now came from a time when the ratio of gamers was even more one sided. Absolutely no one is holding any one back from this field beside parents who think they are a waste of time.

    Reply

  29. Listen here, dickmuffins. All of you boy "gamers" who believe that women don't play games, stfu and gtfo. Firstly, women who play games are often harassed the moment they open their mouths, especially on places like XBL. This means one of two things. One, you've met tons of girls and they have never talked because they hate the constant hatedrool that you pussies drip. Two, they don't play games where the scum of the earth decides it is their goddamn mission to annoy, harass, or verbally abuse women. Also? 50% of the people I met when I played MMOs were women. Women don't play games for approval. Also, if you judge a woman who plays video games by her physical attractiveness, please feel free to look in the mirror and count the zits and/or fat rolls. How does it feel to have your appearance insulted by someone who has never seen you, and only puts weight in your physical attractiveness?

    Remember being bullied because you liked to play videogames? Try that, orders of magnitude worse. We need people to support women in the game industry the same way we need people to support women in the science world. It has not been socially acceptable or favorable for women to be into things like this for such a long time. I will not let you spoiled brats tell an entire gender that they can't play video games because your tiny egos can't survive the impact that humans are equal regardless of gender.

    So sick and tired of this even being an issue. There are tons of shitty gamers out there who happen to be male, but we focus on women and make them prove themselves. No one, regardless of gender, needs your approval when they play video games.

    /EndRant
    Sorry for all of the bad language, sometimes you have to let off some steam.

    Reply

  30. Sadly I don't think this video did much justice for women in the game industry, I understand that these pieces were for an art exhibition and not intended to be the best games ever but from what I see in the comments, people aren't getting that. I'm fucking tired of not being allowed to call myself a gamer because if I do I'll get spoken to like shit "you're a girl, you can't game" "attention whore" "what do you play? Barbie dress up?" etc. I game everyday on my xbox and/or PC I just don't tell people who aren't friends of mine because I don't want to deal with the shit that comes with it, I assume most female gamers are the same way.

    Reply

  31. 47% of gamers are women? The fuck? I'd like to see which game this is based off, probably one of those games they showcased :/

    Reply

  32. Oh My God!!!! I stopped after the whole "Stroke the Bunny" game. Seriously, is this how women in game design are perceived? This is ridiculous! I get that it's suppose to be a sort of art exhibition and that's cool it should remain an art exhibition, not an invitation for men to mock women gamers. Why is it so wrong for women to love PLAYING video games? I'm not talking Barbie dress up or the feminine girly-girl games, I'm talking Diablo, Dark Stone, Final Fantasy, WOW, and other freaking RGP's and MMORPG's!

    Reply

  33. i'm a girl and i ¬†play games since i was 4 ¬†and ¬†i think that girls ¬† who complain like the redhead did with ¬†making games for guys…… is BULLSHIT the battlefield gamers almost exsist mostly of girl gamers and if girls go crying ¬†to ¬†the cops of being sexually harrased ¬†they should not play games…..those guys are ALWAYS saying sexual stuff even against other guys so…..women SHUT UP don't like ¬†it ? don't play it DON't ¬†change the world of gaming ¬†i get at least 33 guys saying nasty perverted stuff to ¬†me on ¬†xbox i just pres delete and move on ūüėČ

    Reply

  34. at 2:37 for the game with the kissing controller: I was wondering if you can play the game by yourself. Feel free to get back to me whenever.

    Reply

  35. I am a girl and let me tell you when I was in 4th grade I played ¬†video games mainly pokemon and I told a boy that I played that he looked at me lime I was crazy so he gave me a test on pokemon when I aced it he tested me with a pokemon battle I lost but the other boys still thought I was cool for trying. SO LADYS THERE IS STILL HOPE. Also if you hear anything bad from a guy about you rember to ignore it and keep on being happy ūüôā

    Reply

  36. Perhaps this is my 'privilege' showing, but why precisely do we NEED women in gaming?  Was the market for this stuff incapable of sustaining itself when its target audience consisted primarily of cerebral, socially-awkward, unattractive teenage boys?  If it weren't for the fact that video games have achieved a degree of status in the entertainment industry which is commensurate with that which is favored by ordinary people as opposed to the socially-challenged, women likely would not have jumped the bandwagon and insisted on being a part of the subculture anyway, or at least not to the same frequency at which they do so currently.  It is largely women that determine whether or not something is socially acceptable for a man to do (in the case of earlier gamers, gaming was considered a supremely dorky past-time to be embraced by the pizza-faced chess wizards who failed to make the football team) and much of the bias that gamers have traditionally held in regards to video games being a largely male endeavor were at once instigated by women who likely sought to disassociate themselves from what they saw as an intolerable social leprosy.  In regards to complaints about proving oneself to be an adequate gamer regardless of gender, perhaps if some of you didn't proclaim loudly and obnoxiously which set of genitalia you possessed at every interval you deemed appropriate, or attempt to score some degree of attention from the awkward male nerds that your sexual taunting clearly indicates you believe the community belongs to or is in large part made up of in some way (thus further perpetuating the stereotype), the others amongst you wouldn't find it so hard to find a warm welcome in the gaming community (not that gamers are incapable of being obnoxious).  The fact that there are so many complaints about what seems to be adolescent attempts at trolling and how it stuns you so to witness such behavior on the net would almost make one think that you're new to the internet and in need of assistance in representing yourselves here as well. 

    Reply

  37. I (a girl) WOULD play more if my girlfriends would play, but they don't want to since they're not 'used to it' and are not interested enough to invest time and money on it. I think generally girls who grow up with videogames (such as myself) play more than others when we're older, though girls seldom are as used to shootergames as guys. I am afraid to play with my guy-friends bc I don't want to be the only girl on the gang, so when they started to play LoL I started to play DotA 2 instead. Every time they talk videogames (even when it's a game I've played or regularly play) I am afraid to join the conversation and most often choose not to. It's just … a stigma. I don't really know why. Games I AM able to play with my girlfriends when we hang out are Guitar Hero, Sims, Minecraft and horrorgames such as Slenderman and Amnesia. So that's something. (And I know there are plenty of girls out there who play as much or more videogames than I do, just none in my close vicinity)

    Reply

  38. My first videogame I ever played (ok this is kind of bad) was American Mcgee's Alice because my mom played it with me and I was in grade 1 when it came out but it didn't give me nightmares and I thought it was awesome!! Alice is my favourite female video game protagonist !  Then I remember getting my gamboy advance and I was the first kid in my neighborhood to get it so all the other kids would come to my house and just watch me play Spyro and Crash bandicoot and those were good times! 

    Reply

  39. Ok a few things keep in mind I don't have anything negative to say about any of this its awesome and I'm officially subscribing, however there's a few things i wanna bring up.
    1. WE CAN HARDLY SEE THESE GAMES YOU NEED OT GET MORE OF THE GAME-PLAY ON FOOTAGE!!! I WANNA SEE IT!, i'm a game play youtuber so I'm probably just being a baby about this but i love to see how games play.
    2. As innovative as all of these are, some aren't very marketable which is sadly a requirement for any company to distribute.
    3. 63% of Women report being harassed while gaming online? BULLSHIT! IT SHOULD BE 100% rofl have you ever played an online game there's always someone harassing someone else I get called a faggot by 12 year olds all day, and then when i get home from work its even worse to be called that online lol see what i did there
    4. CHRISTINA NORMAN!!!! LOVE YOUR WORK!!!
    5. It needs to be said, this is all the fault of male and female archetypes, it really is. Women are raised to be or believe they need to be adverse to violent or raunchy things, which seriously blocks them off from entire genres of games, i mean you could see how 80% of female gamers use a Wii which is known for non traditional gaming meaning that women are still in a way being distanced from playing older video games and being exposed to video game concepts like sword fighting gun play monster mashing and survivalist elements not percent in these new age games.
    6 Love the video keep up the awesome work, and I make game play and commentary videos check them out if you like or don't its up too you

    Reply

  40. I really hope that some of these ideas never get big because some of them are just lame. I don't mind casual games, but I like the challenge not the social experience. And just by looking at these games I can tell that women want to make games based around social experience. I would enjoy playing Metroid Fusion by myself much more than having interact with other people to play a game.

    Reply

  41. Why do we celebrate women in gaming? I think we should just celebrate all gaming, just because a woman made a game doesn't mean it should be held to a different standard than a game a man made.

    Reply

  42. for the harassment statistic I would like to say that that's a problem with the gaming community as a whole rather than it's interaction with women. Everyone harasses everyone.

    Reply

  43. As a female that plays videogames I can honestly say that none of those games sound interesting to me. That 'Path' game look nice, though I'm not sure what the concept is. I think it's important to understand that the 47% of female gamers play the games they do because they legitimately enjoy games even without being marketed directly to them. There is no need to change them if women are already consumers of them. As for harassment, I can definitely feel that. It can be very uncomfortable having someone constantly try to gift you things with the intention of asking for "favors" in return (just an example I've experienced). That is why I mostly stay anonymous with my gender (and never accept gifts) so that it doesn't become a problem. It would be nice if that behavior was fazed away but that's more of a reaction from gaming being anonymous than that type of behavior being encouraged by gaming itself. The same type of behavior is seen all over the internet and the internet isn't marketed to a specific gender.

    ANYWHO! You're better at hola-hooping than I am.

    Reply

  44. I really don't see why just because a person is a female game designer doesn't mean they deserve any more attention or appreciation than anyone else. If people would stop blowing up this topic, then I feel female game designers and gamers would no longer be harassed and would be treated as normal people like they should be…

    Reply

  45. I'd love a game where I can play as a well written woman that isnt just boobs, ass, or "haha look at the angry feminist" and can do shit on her own without some douche needing to save her all the time.

    Reply

  46. Huge crush. Cindy Poramba seems brilliant & awesome & has rad hair as well as dress style.

    Reply

  47. 63% of women report being harassed while gaming online

    Fun fact, everyone gets harassed while playing online, just because youre a girl, doesnt mean youre going to get any special treatment. People are assholes, get over it.

    Reply

  48. The biggest problem i see with this in gaming is the majority of them confuse equality with similarity. Women and men just aren't the same, we both act and react differently to situations and environments. It doesn't mean we can't be treated equally and fairly though.

    I play online games a lot and i see many sides of this trash talking and what i see is men slam each other left and right then the person getting all the trash talking will usually sling it right back. when i see women mixed with men it changes. men throw it back and forth where women tend to take things to heart a lot more and generally won't trash talk. The world of gaming, especially online isn't about gender or anything close to that, it's a competitive place and where there's competition there will be trash talk. Some people will use your weaknesses and vulnerabilities against you while doing so.

    I do also see that a majority of men tend to be less harsh towards women once they realize that they are women. why? i don't know, but the people who act harsher towards them when they find they are female are already sexist in the real world.

    Reply

  49. Gaming for a lot of men is about competition. If you're female and you can prove yourself as competent as a male gamer your experience won't be much different from a man's. The women who can't handle either the game or the online social pressure are the women we hear complaining about sexism in gaming. They aren't competent and so they use their sex to try and get what they haven't earned. That didn't use to work. Now that the feminine invades every male space, the status of being a "victim" is a power to be reckoned with.

    Reply

  50. As someone who uses Twitch.tv, I find this video and comments very ResidentSleeper Kappa. For real though, there's plenty of female gamers, and they're usually praised if anything.

    Reply

  51. 63% of women being harassed online in game, is awesome. I am male and can't recall a game I played online wherein I wasn't abused.  Might be because I said "wherein",..

    Reply

  52. OK, I can see why the gaming industry isn't shaped by these people. Even female gamers I know find what these gals are interested in disturbing. Seriously only a very disgusting fringe game from ages ago featured male masturbation. 

    Reply

  53. Why do we have to have this women game devs only thing, surely it'd be better to just show everyone creations if they're creative enough. I mean everyone has more or less the same brain, even if different chemicals are sometimes injected into it and as the brain is the thing which makes all of these things possible I see no reason why attention should be paid to weather the creator has a penis or a vagina.

    Reply

  54. Not as bad as I thought, good. Not sure why they skimped out on eastern and slavic women as developers, though.

    Reply

  55. This reminds me of an exhibition I saw years ago. But it was about Gaming. It featured a lot of history‚ÄĒparticularly about technological advances. It also featured information about the people who designed and created the games and industry. Pretty informative.

    Reply

  56. It's absolutely vital for women to be more involved in the gaming industry. I hope more women get involved soon. 

    Reply

  57. I don't think people realize that game designers don't make games about being white and being a man and fulfilling gender roles. They makes games where you shoot shit. You may happen to be white. You may be happen to male. You may be happen to a macho man. Make a game about being a woman who does badass stuff. Make a game about being non-white and doing things that people would want to play a game about. We don't celebrate the men who makes game because they're men. We celebrate them because they make good fucking games. I know getting into the industry and such is a lot harder as a woman because there is the stigma against women in game design, but if you make games.. That people want to play, that doesn't matter. No man ever has made a game about having a penis. Doing the opposite is equally fucking stupid.

    Reply

  58. I'm very open, but even I think a game that "addressed the subject of female masturbation" (4:00) using a bunny is a bit far. How the hell do u market that? then another game where u the act of kissing is the controller, (2:40) guess 2 guys may not b interesting in that type of game unless they r homosexual… Although they r very unique, i cant say they will take off mainstream. Also do u have any references about the harassment women get online as, I understand it that men receive more harassment online than women as a whole its just sexual harassment women get more of. finally, the chart at (6:00) shows that women play a lot more of the Wii than men do where as the men r more balanced over all the gaming consoles. This makes me ask what games r mainly on the Wii vs the other consoles? Well the Wii tends to b aimed at a younger audience with a focus on FUN and relaxation compared to the other consoles that focus on competition and fast paced action. Which seems to b very telling as to what women look for in a game. Also its gud some women r actually trying to makes games they want to c instead of crying like an SJW and expecting the market to change 4 them. As Gandhi once said "be the change you which to see" . all the best.

    Reply

  59. Got excited at the start – Cristen is eloquent and goofy; instant dream girl and important topic.
    Then the feminist propaganda machine latently hints [0:23 and 1:25] to the esoteric fact that a "video game industry" (old white cis het men…) is firmly directing the course of the present and the future. This bias bars the video from serving any purpose other than futhering victimhood; essentially a waste of everyones time.
    [3:44] You have so much potential and choose that discourse, it is a thing of great dissapointment.
    The audio quality is poor at [4:37], still what is being implied is so serious having any citation would proof there are reasons to be concerned.
    [5:58] Invoulentarily satirical.
    The full graph shown at [6:14] factor objectively misguided information (avergae age instead of mode age) and the attention to sources wouldent pass todays highschool standards (it is a bad design; unclear and out of grid).
    Be the change you want to see: woman up!

    Reply

  60. Women don't get harassed online because they're women… they get harassed online because people online are assholes. The comments they get about their gender/sex are spoken because they pertain to them. A guy would have different insulting comments thrown his way, because rude things said to women don't make him feel bad.

    Women in game design and programming is an equally frustrating topic. If you girls want to make games, then go do it. Having gone to an Institute for Game Design myself, I can easily state that there are no bars that prevent them from joining, learning or anything else. The only women I've seen, however, were in design. Not a single programmer. Unfortunately, the biggest reason for this may be from the fact that a single woman may feel uncomfortable in a classroom full of men. I know it'd be awkward being in a classroom full of women, personally.

    Some of the "games" that were mentioned in this video weren't "cool games made / played by women", they were stupid and unnecessary. "Simulating" female masturbation in a symbolic representative way is awkward and pointless. Who is that marketed to? If I made a symbolic game about male masturbation, I'd not expect anyone to enjoy it. Her rabbit game just comes off as "we gotta make something only WOMEN can appreciate" instead of being a clever mark in gaming history. It's just tacky.

    Reply

  61. I don't see how women are getting harassed playing video games. If anything, I've only ever seen them get special treatment because they're so rare. Like hey, we have a girl in the party, this never happens, let's make sure we always have a place for her on the team regardless of how bad she is at the game. I mean, I guess that could be considered harassment too, but if you don't want people treating you differently then maybe just don't use your mic, don't let on you're a woman, plenty of gamers are silent shadows and no one minds them. Unless they're bad at the game.

    Reply

  62. Harassment is likely just the internet being what it is. Men tend to be more competitive which is kind of what games are about so that's why the market is geared towards them I think. 47% of Gamers are women. What is "Gamer"? are we talking Super Smash Bros. Call of duty, Halo, World of Tanks? or are we talking in general like including Candy Crush, Farmville and the like. if Gamer means anyone who plays any game then yeah and that explains your microtransactions since that's how mobile games make money. If we're talking real gamers, then I find it hard to believe the 45% thing. I will give the LoL and Centipede girls credit but those other games aren't really that popular to my knowledge. That's just my two cents anyway

    Reply

  63. I'm a man and was ,,harrassed" thousand times throughout the years…as everybody else. And guess what? I don't actualy feel any need to complain about it. People on the internet are asseholes and they will always be. It's has nothing to do with anyones gender.

    Reply

  64. Many of these "games" seems more like interactive art and less video game… Do what you want but and make cool stuff… but don't call something a video game when it isn't

    Reply

  65. Oceans 8 , women trying to catch up. Its not about being a dick or sexist, why cant we just realize there are insight roles for certain people if you cant hang its not racist or sexist its just it. thats its. .

    Reply

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *