The Gaming Industry, just like other Tech Industries, is dominated by males. There are more men in total and more men in managing positions. There are even more male customers for games. So yeah it is a pretty male-dominant world I work in.
Working in the gaming industry for four years (more if you count in my voluntary work before) and being a member of the “gaming community” for some more years, I’ve seen things changing in the gaming industry, and could compare to changes outside the industry as well.
And yes, there were changes. In the games themselves unfortunately the change was to have more and more overly sexualized female characters. And in the industry behind? More women started to work in this industry, same as in other tech industries. However the approach to female co-workers didn’t change.
A little side note before I actually start: this may not apply to all gaming companies and I’d be more than happy to hear other female colleagues shouting out positive examples of a gender neutral work atmosphere in a gaming company.
Here is my personal Top 10 List of “Why it sucks to be female in the gaming industry.”
The discourse about homosexuality in a hetero-normative world has gone on for ages. Homosexuality has reached a certain point of acceptance and most people feel more uncomfortable with the way how some people of the gay/lesbian community point out their preferences than with the preferences themselves.
I myself have no interest in another persons sexual orientation and preferences and practices, as long as anyone involved agrees on whatever (this excludes animals, children and other individuals that are not able to make decisions about their sexual behavior). Why someone who is over his teen years needs to shout out his interests like that is a mystery to me. I don’t mind someone mentioning the gender of his partner, I’m talking about that kind of people who introduce themselves with words like “Hi I’m gay”.
“Hi Gay, I’m Not-Giving-A-Fuck” is from my point of view a totally appropriate answer to that.
As a soon-to-be-mom I spend plenty of my time on shopping for all the things a little baby needs.
While my initial thought was that what a baby first and foremost needs is an environment that will create a feeling of security, all the websites and stores teach me wrong.
What my baby will need is apparently pink princess dresses if it’s a girl or blue onesies with cars on it, if it’s a boy.
As of now, I don’t know which sex my baby will be born with, and I don’t want to know either. What I know is that it likes to wake up around 5am starting the day with a nice workout in my belly. I know it moves a lot more in rhythm when I play Cello Music to it (such as Apocalyptica) and it seems to dislike Punk, cause it’s movements hurt when I listen to that (well maybe it’s just that it pogos). I know that I’ll love it no matter what, same as it’s dad.
On 6th of February 2014 a news was published, that (as BBC titled) “Violent video games leave teens ‘morally immature'”, as shown by a study of Brock University.
Well, thanks for the newsflash Cpt. Obvious!
Content that is not made for children is not made for children. You don’t say?
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