GameSpot: Women in Games

One of the biggest points of contention in the discussion surrounding women in video games is the phrase “women in video games”. This implies that women are special in a way that requires them to be singled out; it implies they cannot be lumped into more general descriptors such as “video game developers”, “video game characters” or “gamers”, but require more specific, female gender descriptors. The reason for this distinction between men and women in the games industry is no secret: video games are, and have always been, a male-dominated medium. Men make games, men play games, men are in games. Yet despite this being nothing if not obvious, talking openly about the lack of women in the games industry is still an uncommon practice.

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