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. http://news.dice.com/2014/01/31/changing-workplace-women-gaming/

"A Day of Honors for Women in the Video Game Industry" by Laura Parker. The New York Times. http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/03/20/a-day-of-honors-for-women-in-the-video-game-industry/?_php=true&_type=blogs&_php=true&_type=blogs&_r=1&&gwh=4FAAB814C762EAF051B815A6B1A36FD1&gwt=regi

"Booth Babes Don't Work" by Spencer Chen. Jan. 13, 2014. Techcrunch. http://techcrunch.com/2014/01/13/booth-babes-dont-convert/

"Confessions of a Sometimes-Booth Babe" by Elaine Low. July 27, 2012. Jezebel. http://jezebel.com/5929382/confessions-of-a-sometimes-booth-babe/all

"Deep Down the rabbit hole of ingrained games industry sexism" by Brenna Hillier. Feb. 17, 2014. VG247. http://www.vg247.com/2014/02/17/deep-down-the-rabbit-hole-of-ingrained-games-industry-sexism

"Designing Women By the Numbers." Web Design Degree Center. http://www.webdesigndegreecenter.org/designing-women/

"Games with exclusively female heroes don't sell (because publishers don't support them)" by Ben Kuchera. Nov. 21, 2012. Penny Arcade.http://penny-arcade.com/report/article/games-with-female-heroes-dont-sell-because-publishers-dont-support-them

"Lack of Female Leads Proves Movies and Video Games Still Have a Woman Problem" by Alanna Vagianos. Jan. 23, 2014. The Huffington Post. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/01/06/women-in-film-video-games_n_4548558.html

"Meet the Booth Babes of CES" by Kevin Smith. Jan. 10, 2013. Business Insider. http://www.businessinsider.com/meet-the-booth-babes-of-ces-2013-1?op=1

"Plague of game dev harassment erodes industry, spurs support groups" by Brian Crecente. Aug. 15, 2013. Polygon. http://www.polygon.com/2013/8/15/4622252/plague-of-game-dev-harassment-erodes-industry-spurs-support-groups

"The 10 most powerful women in gaming" by John Gaudiosi. Oct. 24, 2013. CNN Money. http://money.cnn.com/gallery/technology/2013/10/24/most-powerful-women-gaming.fortune/3.html?iid=MPW13_lp_arrow2

"The Sexist BS Women Who Make Video Games Have to Deal With" by Zack Kotzer. Jan. 24, 2014. Vice.http://www.vice.com/read/female-game-designers-are-being-threatened-with-rape

"Trolls and hiring practices: Women on fixing the games industry" by Sam Machkovech. March 26, 2014. Ars Technica. http://arstechnica.com/gaming/2014/03/trolls-and-hiring-practices-women-on-fixing-the-games-industry/

"Tropes vs. Women in Video Games: Why It Matters" by Paul Dean. May 31, 2013. IGN. http://www.ign.com/articles/2013/05/31/tropes-vs-women-in-video-games-why-it-matters

"Videogame Biz: Women Still Very Much in the Minority" by Marc Graser. Oct. 01, 2013. Variety. http://variety.com/2013/digital/features/womengamers1200683299-1200683299/

"Video Games With Female Main Characters Get 40 Percent of the Ad Budgets of Male-Led Games" by ALyssa Rosenberg. Nov. 12, 2012. ThinkProgress. http://thinkprogress.org/alyssa/2012/11/27/1243361/video-games-penny-arcade-report/

"Why can't CES quit booth babes?" by Adrienne Jeffries. Jan. 10, 2014. The Verge. http://www.theverge.com/2014/1/10/5294440/why-cant-ces-quit-booth-babes

"Women Comprise Nearly Half the Gaming Population." June 11, 2013. Entertainment Software Association. http://www.theesa.com/newsroom/release_detail.asp?releaseID=202

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