The lights are on
While women have made great strides in the
game industry in recent years, Crystal Dynamics' Meagan Marie has written a
blog that details the sad reality: There's still far too much sexism and
inappropriate behavior in gaming.
In a post on her Tumblr entitled "What Would
You Do If You Weren't Afraid?", Meagan details some personal anecdotes from her
career both at Crystal Dynamics and Game Informer, which – to my mind – include
some really reprehensible behavior on the part of males in the game industry.
Judging by the reaction from other female video game professionals on Twitter
today, this behavior is sadly far too common.
Thankfully, a recent incident that occurred
at PAX (detailed in her post) has convinced Meagan that it's time to stop being silent:
The situation this weekend at PAX made me question why I'm willing to
stand up for others, but not myself. By allowing myself to be treated this way
I'm perpetuating that this behavior is acceptable. And it isn't. If I continue
stand by silently, I might as well sit on the sidelines and watch while other
young women endure what I have.
The treatment and representation of women in
gaming has come to a head this past year, and I know some of you are tired of
hearing about it. I'm tired of living it. I want to feel safe and valued as a
member of this industry, whether I'm conducting an interview, talking to fans
on a convention floor, or cosplaying. And I have a right to that.
I'm not afraid anymore. I'm angry.
I strongly encourage you to read the complete
post on Meagan's Tumblr. Also, while we encourage people to express their
views in our comments section, I'll give you one guess as to how much tolerance
I'm going to have for any posts that direct any abuse or inappropriate
comments towards Meagan (Hint: none). Thanks for reading.
[Photo courtesy of The Hairpin]
Email the author Matt Helgeson, or follow on Twitter, and Game Informer.
Good for you Meagan, the behavior outlined in your blog post by men in the video game industry is disgusting. You would think they would know better, specially since most of them are probably married. If my wife ever came home that she'd been treated like that, I'd be all over the 6-oclock news.
Despite the fact that it's rude, outlandish behavior, it gives the game industry and all those involved a bad rap. And it's just one more rap we can't afford right now, I had no idea it was like that.
It's about time a stand was taken!
As a guy I always appreciate seeing women complain about this sort of thing going on, It doesn't show itself to us as often and as blatantly. Respect to Meagan for saying this stuff and kudos to Matt for bringing in to our attention
I'm so thrilled to see Gameinformer is promoting this. Meagan wrote an absolutely wonderful piece. I admire her bravery and strength, and I'm happy she's spreading this message on for others. This kind of conduct is inexcusable and needs to end. It really is a must-read. Go, Megan!
Wow, had no idea some women were treated like this. It's a real shame that women have to go through this, especially in this day and age. Awful.
You know honestly, I'm all for females being noticed in this industry. This medium is all about creativity and a keen eye for innovation and the last time I checked, those qualities aren't gender specific.
This is such an interesting and powerful blog post. It's easy to fall into the mindset that you are strong enough to handle the crap that goes on. And so you continually brush it off. Because what does it matter. It is what it is, and you move on. But to state a wrong and take a stand, that is impressive stuff. Good luck Megan.
I was disgusted by some of the comments she received about her blog. Total wastes of skin. My heart breaks for the world my daughter may one day have to face.
Its good to know that people are standing up for the unspoken, down-trotted, etc. More posts need to be posted exposing these erroneous acts by those both in the industry itself; even those that maybe on here masquerading in such a disgusting manner.
Meagan, give me the names and addresses of these jerks and they shall be dealt with swiftly. That is all.
It's really sad that people are still ignorant, even in 2013. You'd think people wouldn't be so closed-minded now, but I guess we still have a long way to go. I am glad, though, that Meagan advocated for herself and all of the female gamer population.
Although *** wrong, sexism is the way of the *** world. This lady's up in arms about some fat *** jerk saying lewd things on camera, while Muslim women are being stoned to *** death in the Middle East for BEING raped. It's a bad *** deal all around, so let's *** complain about it.
And while this news item is hot, the GIO staff is *** deleting comments that don't agree with their narrow world view. All you *** should be *** ashamed. It makes me sick, you dirty pig!
This is really cool of her to stand up. I read the blog and I for one do not think she was being one of those ridiculous feminist people. Her complaints were very well justified! I didn't realize the industry was this bad. You would think as adults people would be more respectable. It also makes me look at myself and I need to realize some of the things I say are not always funny like I mean it. Excellent article and thank you for pointing out the blog.
What she experienced does not surprise me at all, but getting the larger issue fixed is going to be one helluva tough battle.