Savoci wrote: The "women in games" debate is stale. We've all heard both sides of the argument at least twenty times, and from many different sources. I think it's time we settle it, and stop acting like women that play games are an endangered species. Games are becoming much more widely accepted by many more different groups of people and on many different kinds of platforms, after all, so why stop the industry developing further?
I agree, the debate seems to be going nowhere. One thing that's always impressed me about OXM is the way the staff and commenters seem to have a much more reasonable approach to it, especially the guys. Log, Ed and Jonty have all had great articles/comments/videos that aren't preachy, just average gamer guys saying "what's wrong with girls?".
While there are obviously issues with sexism in gaming (or anywhere, to be honest) I think the focus gets skewed. With regard to the industry, I think it's great women are getting a fairer shot, definitely. The pay issue is important - equal pay for equal work.
However, I also agree that it's about quality - there should be no issues barring women getting into the industry bar qualifications and skills. A woman with a weaker skillset shouldn't be hired over a guy just to fill quotas.
Maximus T wrote: Encouragement so that more kinds of people who are not so widely represented in the industry become interested in it and then hopefully active within it. Of course, having the right skill set is the most important thing, but a bit of diversity in a team can go a long way.
Great point. We definitely want more diversity in the industry, for sure. Try to attract diversity by encouraging people to get involved. Here in Ireland we had massive campaigns in schools to get girls interested in science and engineering at university level a few years ago. They weren't given preferential treatment to get in due to our points system for entry (and exams are anonymous), but colleges went out of their way to appeal to them to get interested in traditional male-dominated fields, providing info on what was involved in the courses, etc. I see no harm in that.