This is a huge feature on women in gaming and the games industry that Electronic Gaming Monthly ran. It contains interviews, editorial remarks, and general cultural information from the time period. It carries a lot of “90’s opinions” (in all the resonances that phrase could have) about women, but I think it is a huge historical resource and I would encourage people to share it around. Publications writing about women in games is not new, and this is something to point to in order to make that case.
This is amazing!
ETA: Thanks for the reblogs!!
Happy Geek Equality Day 2014!
Always pick the cardboard one. =D
I’m waiting for Skyrim to download, so let me tell you a story about my mum.
When I was … eight? maybe? my dad came home with a gaming console. Don’t ask me what it was, this was the 80s, all I know is it was brown (probably) and had exactly two games, one of which was not in fact a game but BASIC (I think) and I would write little choose-your-own-adventure text games on it but could not save them. It was art, ephemeral as the clouds, and pretty much always turned out to be some kind of elaborate brick joke.
The ‘other’ game was Space Invaders. I played it obsessively. There were like nine variations (easy, fast, survival, no shelters etc) and I was determined to beat all of them. I would put my initials into the high score board with this kind of demonic glee. It was awesome.
And then one morning I woke up to find that my mother had stayed up all night to max out the score on every fucking level. Like, it was 999999 just … there where my score should be. And she said, “You’ll never beat that. I will always be the winner.”
Now I look back and find this pretty fucking hilarious, but at the time I was horrified.
Anyway, so I told this story to my dad recently, wondering if he could remember any of it and he pointed out that it wasn’t just me she’d beaten forever, it was him too. And she merrily rubbed it in his face.
The best part is he said she was exactly as fucking gleeful putting her name on the high score board as I was. Just, like twenty-five years older.
THIS IS FUCKING GLORIOUS
LOL my kinda mom! <3
I´m just curious, can you reblog this if you are a woman that plays assassins creed or other triple A games?
I´m just trying to make a point with a friend who tells me that there is no female public for them
Yup! Whole blog full of them in fact. :)
Ubisoft Toronto head says sacrificing employee growth in order to get a game out the door can squander passion, potential
“We’re seeing some variety. Grand Theft Auto has been doing a good job picking interesting main characters in recent years—like the new-immigrant underdog. There still isn’t a game where you get to play an old lady. That’s my dream.”
Hehee, an old lady. Love it. =D