Video Games & Women, Part I

What's it like for women in video games who comprise just 12 percent of the industry? Cristen and Caroline kick-off their two-part series on video games by looking at women making their way in the industry and the challenges -- and sometimes death threats -- they face.

Episode sources:

"A Changing Job Market for Women in Gaming" by Myra Thomas. Jan. 31, 2014. Dice.

"A Day of Honors for Women in the Video Game Industry" by Laura Parker. The New York Times.

"Booth Babes Don't Work" by Spencer Chen. Jan. 13, 2014. Techcrunch.

"Confessions of a Sometimes-Booth Babe" by Elaine Low. July 27, 2012. Jezebel.

"Deep Down the rabbit hole of ingrained games industry sexism" by Brenna Hillier. Feb. 17, 2014. VG247.

"Designing Women By the Numbers." Web Design Degree Center.

"Games with exclusively female heroes don't sell (because publishers don't support them)" by Ben Kuchera. Nov. 21, 2012. Penny Arcade.

"Lack of Female Leads Proves Movies and Video Games Still Have a Woman Problem" by Alanna Vagianos. Jan. 23, 2014. The Huffington Post.

"Meet the Booth Babes of CES" by Kevin Smith. Jan. 10, 2013. Business Insider.

"Plague of game dev harassment erodes industry, spurs support groups" by Brian Crecente. Aug. 15, 2013. Polygon.

"The 10 most powerful women in gaming" by John Gaudiosi. Oct. 24, 2013. CNN Money.

"The Sexist BS Women Who Make Video Games Have to Deal With" by Zack Kotzer. Jan. 24, 2014. Vice.

"Trolls and hiring practices: Women on fixing the games industry" by Sam Machkovech. March 26, 2014. Ars Technica.

"Tropes vs. Women in Video Games: Why It Matters" by Paul Dean. May 31, 2013. IGN.

"Videogame Biz: Women Still Very Much in the Minority" by Marc Graser. Oct. 01, 2013. Variety.

"Video Games With Female Main Characters Get 40 Percent of the Ad Budgets of Male-Led Games" by ALyssa Rosenberg. Nov. 12, 2012. ThinkProgress.

"Why can't CES quit booth babes?" by Adrienne Jeffries. Jan. 10, 2014. The Verge.

"Women Comprise Nearly Half the Gaming Population." June 11, 2013. Entertainment Software Association.

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