Xbox boss talks gender, diversity in new interview

July 28, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

In a new interview with Edge Magazine, Head of Xbox, Phil Spencer took some time to talk about gender and racial diversity in the games industry and what his company is doing about it in its own backyard.

The talk of gender and race came up after Spencer said that the traditional videogame image has been "all sports, broad shoulders and guns."

When asked how that can be changed, he said:

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Editorial: everything you know about boys, video games, and surveys might be wrong

July 24, 2015 - Brad Glasgow

"Everything you know about boys and video games is wrong," is the bold title of a Time article written by author, teacher, and parenting educator Rosalind Wiseman. The claim is the result of a survey conducted by Wiseman in a collaborative effort with colleague Charlie Kuhn and YouTube gaming celebrity Ashly Burch to determine attitudes towards sexism in video games.

Poll: How do you feel about not knowing which race and gender you'll play as in Rust?

July 21, 2015 - Andrew Eisen

In the PC survival game Rust, your player character is unique to you.  Using your Steam ID as a key, the game randomly generates your character's look - including race and gender.

So, like a box of chocolates, you never know what you're going to get.

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European Women in Games Conference set for Sept. 2

July 21, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Organizers of the fifth annual European Women in Games Conference announced today that it will take place on Wednesday, September 2nd at the University of Westminster (in London, England).  The conference will consist of keynote speeches, panel discussions, workshops and the European Women in Games Hall of Fame Awards.

Speakers confirmed so far for this year's event include Andy Payne, Chairman of video games industry trade group Ukie; Vicky Smalley CTO of Small Jelly; and Claire Tavernier, owner and managing director of StoryTech Life.

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'Insights into Sexism' - What the study really says

July 20, 2015 - Andrew Eisen

Well, this is embarrassing.

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Gender, like race, will be random in 'Rust'

July 17, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

It looks like the maker of Rust loves to randomize things and agitate some players. You may recall that Facepunch Studios decided to randomize racial aspects of player characters earlier this year. The decision was met with a lot of complaints, but that didn't deter the company from continuing to do it. Now it seem that it will do the same thing with gender, according to Gamasutra.

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Research: sexism in online gaming is just good old-fashioned bullying

July 16, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

A new study contends that sexism in video gaming culture is simply just another form of bullying. The findings come from a new study called "Insights into Sexism: Male Status and Performance Moderates Female-Directed Hostile and Amicable Behaviour" by researchers Michael M. Kasumovic (from the Ecology and Evolution Research Centre at the University of New South Wales) and Jeffrey H. Kuznekoff (from the Department of Integrative Studies at Miami University Middletown).

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Former Reddit CEO says co-founder threw Ellen Pao under the bus

July 15, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

A Reddit thread features a post attributed to former Reddit CEO Yishan Wong, who bluntly  blames Reddit Executive Chairman of the Board and co-founder Alexis Ohanian of throwing former CEO Ellen Pao under the bus - even though he was the one that wanted Victoria Taylor fired.

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Reddit’s chief engineer leaves the company

July 14, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Reddit’s chief engineer Bethanye Blount has left the company, joining interim CEO Ellen Pao who left the high-profile online community earlier in the month. In an interview with Re/code, Blount confirmed that she was leaving the company but would not say that her departure after only two months at Reddit was due to Pao’s exit. She did say that she had "lost confidence in the new direction of the company."

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Anita Sarkeesian targeted by anti-femnist flyers outside E3

June 18, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

In a move that can best be described as lacking in tact and tastefulness, someone decided to post flyers in and around the venue for the Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles joking about feminist media critic Anita Sarkeesian.

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Anita Sarkeesian comments on 'The Witcher 3,' hijinx ensue

June 1, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

An article from conservative news site Breitbart plays up comments made by both feminist media critic and Feminist Frequency founder Anita Sarkeesian and Feminist Frequency writer Jonathan McIntosh about CD Projekt RED's The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, and the response from Forbes writer Erik Kain. Over the weekend Sarkeesian offered her two cents on the way The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt  portrays and treats women in a couple of tweets.

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'FIFA 16' to feature 12 female teams

May 28, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

EA Sports announced today that FIFA 16 will - for the first time- give players the option of playing as a women in its long running soccer game series (or football if you are in Europe).

According to EA Sports, the game will feature a total of 12 Women’s National Teams from Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, England, France, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Spain, Sweden and the USA.

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Rep. Katherine Clark gets House backing on forcing DOJ to investigate online threats

May 28, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Rep. Katherine Clark (D-MA) once again called on the Department of Justice to investigate cyber crimes (online threats, swatting, etc.) aimed at women, and to announce that the House of Representatives has formally supported her request to "intensify investigation and prosecution of severe online threats against women."

Anita Sarkeesian, Anthony Burch named 'Bosses of Honor' for GX3: Everyone Games event

May 27, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

GaymerX and MidBoss announced a new batch of special guests for its upcoming gaming event GX3: Everyone Games.  Feminist media critic Anita Sarkeesian, games writer and Hey Ash Whatcha Playin’ co-host Anthony Burch, and STILL BLACK creator Kortney Ziegler will be attending the annual LGBTQ+ friendly event as Bosses of Honor. Bosses of Honor are special high-profile guests that are a part of or supportive of the diverse community that GaymerX events focus on.

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IGDA's Kate Edwards talks diversity, GamerGate at GamesBeat Summit

May 15, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

GamesBeat has an in-depth interview with International Game Developers Association president Kate Edwards, who talks at length about GamerGate, diversity in the workplace, Intel's investment in bringing more women into the tech and gaming industry and a whole lot more.

The interview was conducted on-stage last week during GamesBeat Summit, with VentureBeat Insight's director of marketing technology Stewart Rogers serving as the interviewer.

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WITI Hall of Fame inductees announced

May 12, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Women in Technology International (WITI) announced its 2015 Women In Technology Hall of Fame Honorees will be inducted at the 21st Annual Summit taking place May 31-June 2 at the Doubletree by Hilton San Jose, California. The Summit will focus on IoT (Internet of Things), big data, leadership, cloud, community brand building and how women in technology are enhancing everyday life.

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'H1Z1' adds default female character model

May 1, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Daybreak Game Studio has added female players models into its online zombie apocalypse survival game H1Z1. The new update to the game currently available on Steam through its early access program gives players the option of choosing a male or female player model, adds first-person Battle Royale mode (which serves as a hardcore mode for the game for the time being),  and a higher resolution version of the interior for the Off Roader. The update grants every player a celebratory in-game Daybreak T-shirt featuring the new company logo.

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'Minecraft' finally gets default female character skin

April 27, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Minecraft players finally get a default female character model option. Developer Mojang announced today that the new "Alex" character skin will be available for the console version of the game on April 29, while the mobile versions of the game will have to wait until this summer.

Mojang describes the Alex skin as having "thinner arms, redder hair, and a ponytail."

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Patricia Arquette to keynote Women in Technology International Summit

April 21, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Women in Technology International (WITI) announced keynote speakers and session topics for its 21st Annual Summit taking place later this year. The Summit will focus on IoT (Internet of Things), big data, leadership, cloud, community brand building and how women in technology are enhancing everyday life.

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Why 'GamerGate' and 'Vivian James' appear in the opening cinematic for 'Afterlife Empire'

April 9, 2015 - James Fudge

On April 7th The Fine Young Capitalists (TFYC) and Bogota, Colombia-based developer Autobotika launched Afterlife Empire on Steam Greenlight, along with a 15-second teaser video from the game (which appears to be the opening cinematic), a handful of screenshots, and lots of information about what players can expect when the game gets released in the second quarter of this year.

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Andrew Eisen Video: 'My Favorite Thing About Anita Sarkeesian's Tropes vs Women Videos'

April 1, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Andrew Eisen has launched a new video this morning extolling the virtues of Anita Sarkeesian's Tropes vs. Women in Games video series. Personally, I think the best thing Andrew says in the video (to paraphrase) is that Sarkeesian's video series demonstrates that video games have finally arrived as an artform worthy of mainstream, real-world criticism. That's a fact all of us should accept and embrace.

You can check out the video to your left or on YouTube.

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Anita Sarkeesian's first video in new series highlights 'Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP'

April 1, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

The first game to be highlighted in Feminist Frequency creator Anita Sarkeesian's new series of videos, Positive Female Characters, is Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP. According to the video (which you can watch to your left), Sarkeesian chose Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP because of the way of the novel way it presents the protagonist in the game.

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FEMICOM Museum to host first-ever game jam in April

March 31, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

FEMICOM Museum announced plans to host its first-ever game jam. The first FEMICOM Museum Game Jam will take place April 15 - 21. The theme of the jam will be inspirational femme / feminine games, software, hardware, and toys of the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s.

Those new to developing games are encouraged to participate and FEMICOM Museum suggests tools such as Gamemaker: Studio, Phaser, Scratch, Twine, and Unity to build your game - though I would imagine you can use whatever you like.

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Girl Scouts go to Washington D.C. for STEM

March 23, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

The Girl Scouts of America will be traveling to the White House for an event to promote STEM education. On March 23, members of the Girl Scouts will join President Obama to showcase their inventions and discoveries at the 2015 White House Science Fair.

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Four days left to help fund Pixelles Game Incubator program for women

March 19, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Four days remain to donate to the Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign for the Pixelles Game Incubator 2015/2016. While the crowdfunding effort has already generated $8,716 CAD - well above its $5,000 CAD goal and beating all of its funding stretch goals - the money put towards the campaign will help Pixelles Montreal have even more resources to realize its goal: empowering young girls and women to "learn, love, and create games."

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Apple Earmarks $50 Million To Promote Diversity In The Tech Industry

March 10, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Intel isn't the only company working to get more women and minorities into the tech field. Apple is putting $50 million towards initiatives that promote and pursue that goal. The investment is the fulfillment of a promise Apple CEO Tim Cook made in 2014 after the company's diversity report was published. That report showed that Apple's workforce is mostly made up of white males.

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Free International Women’s Day DLC For Europa Universalis IV Makes Some Men Mad

March 9, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

A free batch of downloadable content over the weekend for Paradox Interactive' grand historical strategy game Europa Universalis IV had the unintended consequence of whipping some of its users into a frenzy over the plight of men. The content was released for free to celebrate International Women’s Day (March 8th) and adds 100 of the greatest women in history into the game.

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Leigh Alexander and Laura Hudson Announce 'Offworld'

March 6, 2015 - James Fudge

Yesterday during the bittersweet #1ReasonToBe panel, Gamasutra editor-at-large Leigh Alexander and entertainment and culture writer (for publications such as Boing Boing, Wired, and more) Laura Hudson announced the launch of a new site dedicated to gaming with a focus on giving a voice to women and minority voices. The site, which you can find a placeholder for at offworld.com, is called Offworld.

A brief message on this placeholder site explains what it is all about and why it is so important that it exists.

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Intel Promises To Help Foster More Diversity in The Video Games Industry

March 5, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

In addition to announcing deals with Codemasters, Funcom and Ubisoft to use its technology in upcoming games and a new game developer friendly portal at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco this week, Intel revealed a number of initiatives it is backing to promote more diversity in the video games industry.

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Polygon Hires 'The Mary Sue' Founder

March 3, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Vox Media's video game focused site Polygon has hired The Mary Sue founder Susana Polo. The appointment shows that Polygon wants to ramp up its coverage of all things non-gaming, and perhaps bring a bit more focus to topics that women are interested in.

"We've been covering entertainment for a little bit," Polygon's Editor in Chief Chris Grant told FishbowlNY. "We've dabbled. There's a lot of adjacency. Batman isn't just a game, it's also movies and comic books."

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E. Zachary KnightPapa, Of course thre is. That has now become a permanent part of the EULA boilerplate template.07/29/2015 - 12:56pm
Papa MidnightIn case anyone is interested, there is a clause written into Section 10 of Windows 10's EULA that provides for a Class Action Waiver, and restricts the user to Binding Arbitration.07/29/2015 - 11:15am
TechnogeekNo, that folder is what gets used for the upgrade process. I already had the upgrade go through on my notebook.07/29/2015 - 10:35am
Andrew EisenMatt - And AGAIN, you keep saying "accountable." What exactly does that mean? How is Gamasutra not accounting for the editorial it published? How is it not accountable to its readership (which, AGAIN, is primarily game industry folk, not gamers)?07/29/2015 - 10:10am
james_fudgeThat's the clean install, for anyone asking07/29/2015 - 9:23am
TechnogeekAlso, it's the upgrade that's available for installation now. You might need to forcibly initiate the Windows Update process before it'll start downloading, though. (If there's a C:\$Windows.~BT folder on your computer, then you're in luck.)07/29/2015 - 8:46am
TechnogeekAdmittedly there's more room to push for an advertiser boycott when you get into opinion content versus pure news, but keep in mind that reviews are opinion content as well.07/29/2015 - 8:46am
TechnogeekMatts: There's a difference between "this person regularly says extremely terrible stuff" and "I don't like the phrasing used in this one specific editorial".07/29/2015 - 8:45am
MattsworknameWait, is that for the upgrade or the clean install only? cause I was gonna do the upgrade07/29/2015 - 8:32am
james_fudgehttps://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows1007/29/2015 - 8:30am
PHX Corp@Wilson, I'm still waiting for My upgrade notice aswell07/29/2015 - 7:57am
MattsworknameWilson: how? Im still waiting for my upgrade notice07/29/2015 - 3:44am
Matthew WilsonI updated to a clean instill of windows 10.07/29/2015 - 2:36am
Mattsworknameargue that it's wrong, but then please admit it's wrong on ALL Fronts07/29/2015 - 2:06am
MattsworknameTechnoGeek: It's actually NOT, but it is a method used all across the specturm. See Rush limbaugh, MSNBC, Shawn hannity, etc etc, how many compagns have been brought up to try and shut them down by going after there advertisers. It's fine if you wanna07/29/2015 - 2:05am
Mattsworknamediscussed, while not what I liked and not the methods I wanted to see used, were , in a sense, the effort of thsoe game consuming masses to hold what they felt was supposed to be there press accountable for what many of them felt was Betrayal07/29/2015 - 2:03am
MattsworknameAs we say, the gamers are dead article set of a firestorm among the game consuming populace, who, ideally, were the intended audiance for sites like Kotaku, Polygon, Et all. As such, the turn about on them and the attacking of them, via the metods07/29/2015 - 2:03am
MattsworknameAndrew: Thats kind fo the issue at hand, Accountable is a matter of context. For a media group, it means accountable to its reader. to a goverment, to it's voters and tax payer, to a company, to it's share holders.07/29/2015 - 2:02am
Andrew EisenAnd again, you keep saying "accountable." What exactly does that mean? How is Gamasutra not accounting for the editorial it published?07/28/2015 - 11:47pm
Andrew EisenMatt - I disagree with your 9:12 and 9:16 comment. There are myriad ways to address content you don't like. And they're far easier to execute in the online space.07/28/2015 - 11:47pm
 

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