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Submitted by shodan74 507d ago | news

Valve Dev: “Calling Games Industry Sexist Is A Major Disservice To Developers”

In recent years the video games industry has been dogged by accusations that it is too male-dominated and even sexist – but top Valve animator Christine Phelan has little time for such talk. (Christine Phelan, Culture, Industry, Valve)

DanJenkoFMV  +   508d ago
Nice to see a story not calling the industry sexist for once!
TrendyGamers  +   508d ago
Yeah, it's encouraging.
bubblebeam  +   507d ago
Sexism only works 1 way, everyone knows that. Sucks to be a male.

Example: Steve Gibbons tweeted: "Libs are led by a gutless douchebag and a narcissistic bimbo..."

This happened in Australia like a day or 2 ago, where a MAN criticised a MAN (gutless douchebag) and a WOMAN (narcissistic bimbo). He was made to apologise to the woman, but no-one said anything about what he said to the man (Tony Abbott).

It is pure double standard bulls**t. People need to grow the F**k up and stop acting like they are a victim, in some cruel male dominated world.

So what, a lot of nurses are female, same with hairdressers? Do you see men complaining all the time? NO!

I'm not saying it should be allowed to happen, just that it works both ways. Too bad 1 gender doesn't see that.
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taquito  +   507d ago
cops, carpenters, electricians, neurosurgeons,nuclear physicists, firemen, garbage men, the military, archietects, lawyers, boat captins, and many, many more are all male dominated industries

so what, more men apply for those jobs and are qualified for those jobs, if the market was flooded with qualified and willing women for those jobs, there would be more women in them, its simple, same with the game industry
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Hufandpuf  +   507d ago
It's not that simple.
MeKissGaben   507d ago | Spam
Hufandpuf  +   507d ago
No. Just saying that the lack of women applying for developer jobs doesn't mean that that's the reason why there are so little of them. Have you heard of selective applications?

I don't get it, people just seem to think that if you brush issues under the rug, it won't be a problem which is certainly not the case. To even think that not enough women are applying for game job is absurd btw. And I don't think gamers even realize how many of their favorite games had female devs that were a part of making the game.

To me it seems as though gamers are narrow sighted. "Because it happens to someone else, it doesn't matter to me". I don't like "hand holding" or "whining" as much as the next guy but to just sweep issues under the rug and say that "women should not take blatant sexism to heart and maybe they will like their job" is just immature, and THAT DEFINITELY SHOWS HOW FAR THE GAMING INDUSTRY AND IT'S COMMUNITY IS FROM BECOMING AS RESPECTED AND REGARDED AMONG OTHER MEDIUMS SUCH AS MUSIC AND FILM.

No it is not as simple as applying for a job because I know many minorities (blacks, Hispanics) that don't even get an interview even though they are qualified for the position, and not JUST in the game industry but even jobs that many would take for granted.

This is the plague of the industry and I think this kindergarten way of thinking should be eradicated.

MAYBE THIS WAY WE COULD GET MORE VARIETY IN OUR GAMES RATHER THAN MILITARY SHOOTER # 432, or ALIENS INVADE #6304
DudeJets  +   507d ago
"insert blatantly obvious comment about how amazing valve is here"
snake_eater  +   507d ago
“At the end of the day I am the work I produce, not a pair of boobs,”

Lmao I'm sorry but you will always be a pair of boobs, that's the way it is. Now show them to me pls or I will slap you
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SephirothX21  +   507d ago
I am a software developer. I have a degree in Computer Science and in my college class, there were about five females and about 30 males. I am from Ireland and a high grade in maths in the leaving certificate (exams at the end of high school) is a requirement for a place in a good Computer Science course in University. Now of course women are no worse than men at maths but they just don't have the same interest. In the higher level maths class in high school, it was also predominantly male. Women seem to be more interested in areas such as medicine, teaching, nursing and business. It is unfortunate but fact. Actually due to such a shortage of female software developers, companies are crying out for them, including those in the games industry. Now I wouldn't call that sexism.
bubblebeam  +   507d ago
I mean no offense, but I would have thought that someone who is in college and as educated as you would have more than 1 bubble.
majiebeast  +   507d ago
Half life 3 just got delayed again by Kotaku's article we now expecting a 2245 release date.

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