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.
I'll have to admit this is nothing new at all. The fair treatment of women vs men has been raging on since the dawn of the human race. Women have always filled that role of being home keepers and baby makers while men are the ones that go out and hunt and defend.
Yet really I can't speak for woman as I am a man myself. Though I can at least stand up for them. At least in the case for my sister who wants to be a Chef. There is a high male job. Though she rarely or never gets treated like trash. Like I've heard horror stories. I won't sit by and let it happen to my little sister if it did happen. I mean she is family to me and I'd stand up for her but also the fact it is sexist and immature.
So I'd have to say that Ms. Marie has the backing of a large group to back her up. But as she stated, she needs to do one important thing first. She needs to stand up for herself. We will root for her but in the end of the day. She has to stand on her own two feet and stand firm in her belief. Don't be scared to spite someone that insulted you. Stand up and be respected.
After reading her blog post I feel disgusted that it's actually this bad. I'm also now curious of who at GI encouraged her to file a report on that disgusting piece of S***(just want to say good job GI). It's good to see that she is raising awareness of this sort of thing.
The best solution to this would be to reprimand people despite their status and despite any dents it may put in company pocket books or relationships. Unfortunately, I don't think it will happen anytime soon. As a society we put results above common human decency all the time. I'm sure the majority of successful people in our industry are fine people, but I'm saying that the rotten apples will rarely be punished if it will affect a lot of peoples wallets.
I am spreading this article. Reading her blog also really made me upset. It's sad to see such talented women constantly experiencing such immaturity from people who are supposed to be professionals. Women are much more than their bodyparts and we need to hear more voices like hers speak out.
Oh and Cork, you beat me to it! :P
I actually saw Meagan at PAX East this year, she handed me a Tomb Raider comic for getting a washable tattoo. I wanted to tell her I've enjoyed her work at gameinformer and I wanted to know if she liked working at Crystal Dynamics, but I didn't since she was working and I didn't want to bother her. She seemed very friendly and is probably a really nice person, so it really sucks to see something like this. I love being a gamer and I know there are going to be some A$$ hats out there, but seriously what the hell dudes.
That's pretty f**ked up, to hear that even corporate CEOs, who are supposed to adhere to the strictest disciplines and responsibilities, are capable of behaving in such a manner. You have our sympathies, Meagan!
"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)."
Wow way to censorship men opinions for trying to sympathize with the girls....
Anyways, ill just say this if i cant express myself....
Look at the review of Ni No kuni in Game informer.... that alone tells u how bad the women in the industry are LOL!
I read Megan's post and agree that it is absurd and ridiculous. I do believe that it is not simply a result of the gaming industry, but just people in general. If "professionals" act like this in a working environment, one can only wonder they function outside such environments. If anything, what was exposed was the ugly side of humanity, as no facet of life is without some poor influence from pricks.