Thursday, April 15, 2010

Arguing the Argument

Agree 1000% w/sentiment of this Kotaku write up about the new Game Dev Magazine/Gamasutra 'key people in the biz' list not having any women on it.

But I call bullshit on the details.

 MAYBE I'd agree on Meggan Scavio because she is so dang important but it's debatable if she fits on a list that is intended to show off people IN GAMES. Isn't Meggan's business more along the lines of the convention business? As for the list itself, it's utter bullshit Amy Henning is not on it.

But for the rest of the women this article lists- talented and key players as many of them are- the ones I would put on the main list from this list have not (far as I know) released anything in the last year. For example, Kim Swift made a great game in Portal...but that was 2-3 years ago. Why put her on a list for this year? Be the same as someone putting ME on a list for the last few years...why would they do that? They would not.

And splitting the list with 50% men, 50% women = bullshit. Unless you are releasing a list of 'THE KEY MALE PLAYERS" and "THE KEY FEMALE PLAYERS" then fine. But to split a main list just to be 'fair'? Doesn't sound like that would be doing the list the respect it deserves. Women are key to our business and they some of them should be applauded and noticed more than they are, no doubt. But let's not knock key males off the list just so less deserving women can be on it. That's bullshit.



Alex said...

Well it's all about political correctness. They wouldn't want to be caught doing something that seems "sexist", but I agree, it is bull.

Miguel said...

Wow, 1000% huh. You must really agree with them.

I haven't heard of any of those women. But I do agree about Amy Hennig.

Gazzo said...

Great to be back commenting. Feels good, brah.

I agree. A 50/50 list would be awful. Let's face it, the key players in the games industry are generally male.

Firestorm said...

Yeah, I was gonna say, smells like political correctness.

TrevDogg said...

im in total agreement! A 50/50 list is complete BS, shit a list is BS from the get go! You cant rate some of these peoples talent, let alone rate their accomplishments.

Frazz said...

Hard to argue against your point.Agreed

Unknown said...

I could not agree more.

DeeJay said...

To be honest, I'm a bigger fan of Amy Henig's contributions than of anyone else on the list. The industry is way too caught up on which quasi-celebrity designer gets their name stamped on which product, and the result is that everyone just looks pretentious. Also, there is a difference between being 'in the biz' and contributing to gamer culture. By that rationale, the guys from Harmonix deserve to be up there, but you can be damn sure I don't give a fuck about shaking their hands.

jack said...

This is totally OTC, but just thought I would let the gaming world know that this xbox 360 fanboy just traded in his 360 for a ps3. Loving every bit of it.

Ed said...

I agree. Besides, cutting the list in half, to accommodate both sexes on a superficial level, is more sexist than the original list. Fight the good fight, man!

Anonymous said...

your kratos 7-11 cup picture from a while back, on the lower left hand corner, you can clearly see the TWISTED METAL item management/health/energy shit. just an fyi

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