I THOUGHT THIS WAS KIDDING SOGMLASG
Video Games Magazine Issue 8, March 1983 - Welcome to the Club! An amazing article written by Ann Kreuger about the role of Women in developing video games.
Here’s a good start:
In my research, I turned up 15 women in positions that are not related to promotion, publicity or advertising.
In the article she talks with Dona Bailey, one of the creators of Centipede, Sue Forner, an artist on Professor Pac-Man, Janice Hendricks who designed the art for Joust, Lynda Avarett, Sue Currier and Roberta Williams.
Via Real Girls Gaming
I am tired of rape culture in the gaming world.
I am tired of having men be the arbiters of who gets to be a “real” gamer.
I am tired of sometimes remaining silent because I don’t want to be dismissed as “that feminist who only talks about rape culture”.
I am tired of being in situations where I have to choose between feeling comfortable and starting an argument.
I am tired of feeling unsafe for the mere act of expressing an opinion.
I am tired of maintaining mental lists of “guys that are safe”, “guys that are probably safe”, and “guys that are not safe”.
I am also tired of maintaining mental lists of “guys that Get It”, “guys who mean well but sometimes fuck up”, and “guys it’s just not worth talking to”.
I am tired of not being allowed to have boundaries.
I am tired of feeling triggered and remaining silent because I don’t have the mental energy to deal with the bullshit that would arise from speaking out.
I am tired of hearing rape jokes.
I am tired of hearing my friends tell rape jokes.
I am tired of hearing friends who know about my experience of sexual assault casually compare game defeats to rape.
I am tired of sometimes having a moment of fear for my safety when I read particularly vociferous condemnations of me online.
I am tired of asking men to walk me to my hotel or my parking spot while I am at gaming conventions.
I am tired of not talking about the details of my assault, which happened at a gaming convention, because I know that I will be disbelieved, blamed, or both.
I am tired of game scenarios that feature rape.
I am tired of game settings that feature rape.
I am tired of game mechanics that feature rape.
I am tired of game creators and designers defending rape in their creations as “realistic” or “grim” or “gritty” or “historical”.
I am tired of men who write rape being praised for their “creative vision”.
I am tired of seeing people who speak out against rape in popular game material denounced as crazy fascists who hate freedom.
I am tired of gamers who complain when games that feature rape are banned, not translated, or otherwise not made available for English-speaking audiences.
I am tired of being happy that while I’ve been called fat, ugly, crazy, and gay, at least no one has ever threatened to rape me.
I am tired of knowing that men threaten to rape women who venture into gaming spaces, virtual or real, every day and face no consequences.
I am tired of seeing anti-harassment policies become the butt of jokes.
I am tired of men who argue against anti-harassment policies claiming that it will “criminalize just talking to a woman”.
I am tired of anti-harassment policies not being enforced.
I am tired of men who demand to see the tits of female gamers.
I am tired of men who send pictures of their penis to female gamers.
I am tired of men who confuse costumes with consent.
I am tired of seeing women that I admire being threatened, intimidated, and harassed.
I am tired of sometimes being so afraid for my daughter as a future gamer that I feel like I can’t breathe.
I am just SO. FUCKING. TIRED.–
by wundergeek • March 7, 2013
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