It doesn’t matter whether I agree with what women tell us, just like it doesn’t matter whether I personally agree with a player who tells me a boss battle is too tough. I need to take a step back, be objective, and evaluate what the player’s trying to tell me about my systems. Women are telling us the systems of game development culture are frustrating, discouraging, and even barring them from entering the field or staying in it. Aren’t you curious why? Doesn’t that make you want to fix the problem, just like we want to fix problems to improve our games?

I’ve been debating whether I would blog about this since I tried the Wildstar beta yesterday. I’ll be blunt: I didn’t want to be dumped into that mental category of “women who always complain about how women are portrayed in games.” I’m actually on the other side of that debate most of the time, and […]