Bonus Episode: #1ReasonWhy Twitter Phenomenon

Kevin, Allegra, CJ, and Dan chat about the #1ReasonWhy hashtag, and why it’s important to talk about the issues keeping women from being part of game design.

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  • We talk about some of the blatant sexism in the backlash.

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9 Responses to “Bonus Episode: #1ReasonWhy Twitter Phenomenon”

  1. Walking Eye | Says:

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  2. Nick Raize Says:

    Does Indy RPG gaming have a Roberta Williams? If it does, then that could open the floodgates for new developers regardless of sex. I think that up until the early 90s, computer game development had many of the same issues (some still exist today, of course), but King’s Quest and especially Phantasmagoria changed all that. Hell, King’s Quest cause Roberta to eclipse Ken Williams in video game design; that game MADE Sierra Online what it was.

    I had no idea Weapons of the Gods was a female designer. Doesn’t change my opinion of it, obviously. Like Troll, I really liked it because ANYTHING was possible, the harder stuff just came down to a really difficult roll.

    Lastly, the Outro music was a perfect fit given the background behind why Stefani wrote that song. If you thought Green Day got a lot of backlash for going mainstream, imagine what No Doubt went through.

  3. brian Says:

    Why did you think Jade Raymond wasn’t involved in the video game industry any longer?

  4. Kevin Weiser Says:

    I don’t have a good answer for this. I put it to poor journalistic integrity, just like how I said Mrs. Geek Girl What Rules is is/was a dominatrix; she was not, she worked as a bartender in a fetish bar. So, close, but no cigar.

  5. brian Says:

    Ahhh, I see. I remember hearing about Raymond’s harassment back when it happened, and while it was horrible and not something that anyone should have to deal with or expect just because of your gender and the industry you’re working in, I would have have been disappointed if I’d heard she’d left the industry because of it.

    As far as I know she worked as a producer on a lot of the later Assassin’s Creed games as well… maybe she still does? Not sure, I haven’t exactly followed her career… but I like the “‘Screed” series, and I’m pretty sure I’ve seen her name in the credits of a few of them.

  6. Kevin Weiser Says:

    Yeah, I think AC 2 was the last one she worked on. There’s a big gap, like 5 years, and it looks like now she’s working on the next Splinter Cell game.

  7. Mark Says:

    Well thanks… This is the first time this podcast has depressed me, The more I think about the way the bull that has infected the video game world is spreading into rpg’s it worries me…

    I get why nobilis was put out back in the day under a pen name and I get why weapons of the gods and exalted had the same pen name as that name had cred but woman gamers afraid to enjoy cons or even write a game cause of hateful morons sickens me and means I lose out on cool games. Well screw that If you have ever made a female gamer feel bad… apologize Now.

  8. Kevin Weiser Says:

    Mark, it’s depressing, but it’s also a sign of progress. This problem isn’t going to just go away, we have to talk about it. Geek culture isn’t a pristine community, it’s made up of people just like any other, and once it gets large enough (geekdom did a long time ago) all the nastiness of people will start to manifest. If you love your community, work to improve it!

  9. malkav11 Says:

    I sincerely don’t get the mentality. I want as many women as humanly possible to share my interests and passions (in this case, gaming and science fiction/fantasy and comics and so forth), both because it helps add needed diversity of human experience to the creation and play of the things I like, and because, well…who else am I supposed to date?

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