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Dames Making Games Starts Jeuxly

Dames making games

If you are female or know somebody who is and they are also interested in games then you should tell them about Jeuxly! Dames Making Games is at it again and it’s a great chance to learn the ins and outs of game making.

What’s Jeuxly?

Jeuxly, based on the model of JAMuary and the Difference Engine Initiative, will aim to get first-time female game-makers to make their own first games during the month of July (and half of August). We’ll be providing you with weekly group work sessions and peer mentoring at Bento Miso (a co-working space near Trinity Bellwoods Park, and DMG’s generous sponsor), an online support and resource package, and an opportunity to present their games in public at a Dames Making Games reception and social. The incubator will run in conjunction with The New Game Makers, a speaker and workshop series held at Bento Miso featuring female game professionals.

Apply online now! Deadline is June 10.

Hat tip to the Hand Eye Society

A Game About Hormone Replacement Therapy: dys4ia

The gaming industry needs more people making games so we can get diverse perspectives on the world around us and the issues some people face. An example of a game that can open minds to issues that others face is dys4ia.

The game creator wrote on her site about the game and its meaning.

dys4ia is the story of the last six months of my life: when i made the decision to start hormone replacement therapy and began taking estrogen. i wanted to catalog all the frustrations of the experience and maybe create an “it gets better” for other trans women. when i started working on the game, though, i didn’t know whether it did get better. i was in the middle of the shit detailed in level 3 of the game, and at the time i had no idea what the ending would be; it was hard to envision a happy ending.

One more neat thing about this is that dys4ia debut at forallgamerssake, and thanks to finding this game I found this cool interview with Jamie Woo.

Play the game at Newgrounds.

Getting Women in Games Development

The ever-excellent Mare Sheppard from Metanet and the Difference Engine Initiative gave a talk on the trials, issues, and complexities of integration of women-only events focused on women gamers at GDC yesterday. Gamasutra has a good write-up of her talk.

Another reason for the underrepresentation is pervasive stereotypes, which are automatic, misleading and often ingrained. Stereotyping “underscores the feeling echoed throughout our culture that women are abnormal, unusual and different,” she says. “This feeling that they don’t fit or don’t belong keeps many women from entering game development and similar fields.”

Sheppard says people are less likely to make eye contact with her or to shake her hand than they would be to engage with her male colleagues, especially in groups of people where she’s the only woman. People interrupt her more frequently in conversations and express doubt that she’s a programmer. “This certainly doesn’t happen at all times or with all people, but it happens a lot.”

I really wish I was able to see this talk, the word on the internet is that her talk was crowded and some people couldn’t get in!

Read more at Gamasutra

Shooting Girls Isn’t Icky

I just came across an old, but still relevant, post at The Border House about how some men are uncomfortable shooting women in video games.

Chivalry, as most of our readers likely know, is sexist. It is based, as Holly Green said, on the idea that women are weak and need a man to protect them. Obviously this is extremely condescending and untrue–women don’t need special protections any more than men do. This logic has been used to actually deny women rights, with the excuse that it is “for their own good.” Friedhamster exposes this line of thought when he compares killing women in a game to how killing children is all but banned in games: how insulting is it to imply that women and children are somehow equal, similarly helpless and in need of protecting? (Answer: extremely insulting!)

Worth a read, here’s the link.

More recently they have a post about “slut plate” armour that female avatars wear. I’m definitely following this blog from here on in!

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