Originally posted on delver:
I was following this story yesterday as best I could while at work. A number of women in the gaming industry were tweeting many of their frustrations, negative experiences, and their general lack of equality within gaming. Not as a male but instead as a decent and rational human being, many of the stories were very disturbing. From tales of outright groping, to dismissing a woman’s promotion as a result of her body type, to ignoring that we have female gamers in the first place: the message is clear. We need to change the culture in gaming.
I am not going to pretend to be a woman, to know what it feels like to be a woman, or even to say that I’ve talked this issue over with a lot of women. I haven’t. I just have a basic understanding that, if the shoe were on the other foot, I’d want things changed immediately. I would never want to ignore trade shows because I’d be afraid of sexual harassment or have my ideas mocked or ignored on the basis of my gender and not their merit. I am of the (I wish it were prevailing) line of thought that we NEED women both as gamers and in the game industry itself, that in order for gaming to truly flourish and blossom, it doesn’t need to have prejudice deeply embedded in its core.
While I understand that there are female gamers and fans for every genre, I think it is also to say that female gamers, in general, might require a little more impactful narrative and better character development than the average male gamer (who for whatever reason keep Activision in business with the Call of Duty series). And as a lifelong RPG fan and a fan of good stories in any game, especially shooters, I would welcome a more balanced approach to making games with open arms.