Portal creator tells women devs to "be visible"

Portal and Quantum Conundrum lead designer Kim Swift wants games to be more diverse and for the industry to "just plain grow up." She was one of many women in the gaming industry to voice their concerns in the #1ReasonWhy hashtag on Twitter, which collected various instances of sexism which make the industry a difficult place for women to work.

"I was one of those kids that dreamed of making video games one day," Swift wrote on her blog. "When I looked at the gaming landscape and browsed through Nintendo Power, I didn’t see a person with two X chromosomes that I could point and go ‘Yes, if she did it, so can I!’"

How can games attract and value a more varied group of creators now that these and other problems have been aired, grieved, dismissed, and trolled? Swift said on her blog that it won't happen today, but it could happen in 20 years.

"When this current generation of kids sees the good example that we should be setting now. And though we may not be able to tell it completely like it is just yet [for fear of retribution], there’s still plenty we can do to help future generations of game developers. So ladies, my call to arms is this: Be visible. Be outspoken. Be strong. Be smart. Be kind. Be everything that the younger versions of us could’ve pointed to and proudly said: 'Girls make games too.'"


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  • EndPainEndSuffering - January 25, 2013 12:43 p.m.

    The percentage of women who like to challenge their mind isn't even remotely equal to the percentage of men who like to challenge their mind. Most women are overly focused on things like physical appearance, material possessions, gossip, dating, marriage and reproduction. It's debatable whether biology or culture is to blame. I think it's culture. I think women are being trained to be mindless ultra-consuming breeders who pressure men into marriage and reproduction. So, it's not a video game industry discrimination issue but rather a major culture issue. An issue that's already slowly being fixed. If Kim wants to help speed up the progress, she should set her sights on public schools, television, religion and celebrity influence as that is where the programming is primarily coming from. Disclaimer: I know plenty of women who like to challenge their mind and plenty of men who don't. I'm talking percentages.
  • n00b - January 6, 2013 9:14 a.m.

    this picture make her look durpy
  • sandplasma - January 5, 2013 12:38 p.m.

    How can they become more visible? Just do a good job and be recognized by it maybe? The only people one knows in gaming are usually leads like Newell, CliffyB for being an asshole, and maybe Molyneux and Wright. Its hard to be visible for men and women alike.
  • sandplasma - January 5, 2013 12:34 p.m.

    Since the elitest Roberta Williams was making games, I cant recall any other females in games.
  • subhan-khan - January 5, 2013 5:49 a.m.

    If women are capable of ingenuity and good games, then I support them, atleast they will bring something new then the pile of shit that has becomes games now, with sequels like its bloody hollywood, Kim worked on Portal, left for dead series, half life 2 and I love those games, so all that say women dont belong here need to rethink..
  • RebornKusabi - January 3, 2013 4:37 p.m.

    I find white knighting for females in the game industry counter-productive and using Twitter campaigns to attempt to passive-aggressively change the industry was pointless as well. With that said, I 100% agree with the lady that helped make the game series I could give a shit about. If you want change and progression, ****ing do something about it- don't bitch and moan, don't whine online so teenage white knights latch onto everything you say, actually make some sort of change. Also, looking at games that are coming down the pipeline this year, I am growing sick of shooters, so some goddamn diversity would be nice -_- PS. One of my favorite game series of all time, Legacy of Kain, was written by a female writer and it was (at the time) one of the most intelligent game series around and that same writer, if you didn't know, now writes for the Uncharted, and I attribute her specifically for how well-written and acted that series is.
  • xx_CaPTiiN_SpAiiN_zz - January 3, 2013 4:33 p.m.

    gaming is sexist whether u like it or not

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