Female Game Developers: Leading Ladies of Gaming

"Females are into gaming. This is also true in the realm of female game developers. Come check out some intense ladies who are developing video games." - Jen Galik

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SpiralTear3353d ago

Missing Jade Raymond and Roberta Williams? For shame!

Seriously, though, these women made it. They worked hard and led the industry. Hearing Hennig encouraging new female developers to get involved in games instead of scaring them away is a fantastic move. THAT'S the behavior we need more of in the industry.

Blaze9293352d ago (Edited 3352d ago )

"Come check out some intense ladies who are developing video games."

Jade Raymond doesn't even make games anymore at the moment. You know she left Ubisoft right?

Peekayboo3352d ago

Anyone with dignity would leave Ubisoft

SpiralTear3352d ago

True, she did leave Ubisoft and hasn't said what she's doing next. I predict she'll stay in games, though. She knows what she's doing.

rainslacker3352d ago

Jade Raymond and Williams and Brenda Romero have been doing this for ages. Long before some people decided to make it into a huge issue. They did it for the same reason the tech industry in general is doing it. because when you have a industry which traditionally appeals to males, it gets hard to get women to pick it up, and because of that, you miss out on a lot of talent and limit potential growth of said industries.

One thing about this is why does the tech industry traditionally appeal majorly to males? The simple answer is upbringing and gender roles within society in general. It's far from a misogynistic attitude of the industry or it's consumers. Until those things change, trying to change a single industry in general is probably going to be fruitless, but that doesn't mean that you can't encourage more participation like the above mentioned have been doing.

3-4-53353d ago (Edited 3353d ago )

* Oh, you mean these women aren't trying to change other people's creations, they are actually making their own games?

What a concept.

CaptainObvious8783353d ago

What's that? AND they're not sexistly judging people for preferring certain types of games?


ShaunCameron3352d ago

But they're influenced by the Patriarchy! They're not really women! LOL

ElementX3352d ago

How about Jane Jensen who created Gabriel Knight?

Redinfamy3352d ago

Amy Hennig is a legend. I cannot wait for new projects


Rhianna Pratchett on Challenges of Game Writing and Crafting Complex Female Characters

During the Game Developers Session (GDS) conference in Prague, we had the privilege of speaking with Rhianna Pratchett, an award-winning writer and narrative designer. Pratchett, who has penned some of the most memorable female protagonists like Nariko from Heavenly Sword, Faith from Mirror’s Edge, and Lara Croft from the 2013 Tomb Raider reboot, delves into the challenges and freedoms of writing for different media, AAA and indie games.

-Foxtrot84d ago

Complex? She literally made Lara Croft whine and have father issues for an entire trilogy


Snookies1282d ago

"have father issues"

To be fair, that IS a complex... Just not the right kind, lol!

mixelon82d ago

The dad stuff wasn’t entirely her fault.. She was given outlines she had to flesh out and not full freedom. from the article…:

“ And there were things that we kind of butted heads more on, particularly with Rise [of the Tomb Raider] because I wasn't a fan of the dad plot. I didn't really like her motivation being her father because it felt like that's often the motivation given to female characters and it's also motivation that's very prominent in the previous movies as well. And I would have rather it been about her own experiences in the first game and how that had changed during the second game. But sometimes you just have to do your job, you just have to find peace with it. And I kind of played around with my relationship with my father and kind of put some aspects of that and then that just made me feel better about it. And sometimes this is what you have to do.”

She never seemed that whiny to me given the circumstances.

-Foxtrot82d ago (Edited 82d ago )

If you’re a good writer you’d have been able to do that a little better but she didn’t

She was restricted sure but with what she had with an outline she didn’t do a good job

She’s not her father, she got work and into the industry a lot easier because her father was a great writer.

It’s nepotism basically

Knightofelemia82d ago (Edited 82d ago )

Female Commander Shepard is a way better female character then Lara Croft has been.

franwex82d ago (Edited 82d ago )

Yep, that’s because they wrote an interesting character first.

Christopher82d ago

It's actually because they let you write the story you want.

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Inverno82d ago

Meanwhile it seems that female characters across entertainment media are being dumb down. What they've done to the female characters in the Avatar adaptation is insulting.

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Amy Hennig's Star Wars Game Taps Director of the Infamously Cancelled Star Wars 1313

The director of the infamously scrapped Star Wars 1313 has joined the team working on Amy Hennig's upcoming Star Wars game at Skydance New Media.

Garethvk346d ago

I was at the announcement for it at E3. They had us in a side hall conference room that was just a couple rows of benches. When the gameplay and video demo started the side walls looked like windows that showed us dropping down levels in our ship to 1313.

rlow1346d ago

Glad he’s onboard, 1313 was so ahead of its time from what was shown. This bodes well for her game. Looking forward to what they are cooking up.

Profchaos345d ago (Edited 345d ago )

After 1313 cancellation and the new trilogy I think it's safe to say Disney was the worst thing that could have happened to star wars

Dirtnapstor345d ago (Edited 345d ago )

Well I hope the protagonist is not an angry, bitter woman, who is mad at the world and despises the need for men, or men themselves.


Captain America Game With Black Panther Teaser Trailer Released

At today's Disney & Marvel Games Showcase, a new Captain America game was unveiled along with a short teaser, and it features Black Panther, too.

jznrpg623d ago

Meh . Captain America is boring and I know little of Black Panther besides the movie .

chobit_A5HL3Y623d ago

no character is boring if you have good writing.

-Foxtrot623d ago

This is great, it’s like the comics where