Ex-Game Informer Writer Meagan Marie Exposes The Ugly Side Of The Game Industry
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.
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