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Uncharted 4 set out to introduce strong female characters

Creative director Neil Druckmann has revealed how the Uncharetd 4 development team went about ensuring strong women were represented in the game. When I’m introducing and describing a new character to our lead character concept artist, constantly she will ask, ‘What if it was a girl?’ And I’m like, Oh, …

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Tensions over gay and black characters drove increased diversity in Fable 2

An extensive and excellent report on Eurogamer has shed light on what it was like to work at Lionhead. Among the dozens of fascinating snippets it reveals (including that Microsoft had several offers for the studio prior to deciding it would be closed – a fact MCV knows to be …

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The games industry employs fewer women than any other creative sector

The UK games industry is lagging behind other creative sectors when it comes to female employment rates. Creative Skillset’s Employment Census 2015 has revealed that 19 per cent of employees in the games industry are female – this lags behind every other creative sector in the country. That does at …

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Beamdog will expand transgender character’s story

The boss of Baldur’s Gate: Siege of Dragonspear developer Beamdog has said that his studio’s internal limits on development practise probably contributed to the recent outrage about a transgender character. Last week corners of the internet were set ablaze by the inclusion of a transgender character in the RPG. To …

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Rust now assigns character gender based on Steam user ID

As previously touted by its creator Garry Newman, PC Early Access hit Rust has started automatically choosing a player’s character gender according to an algorithm based on their Steam ID. We understand this is a sore subject for a lot of people. We understand that you may now be a …

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Latest Feminist Frequency project hits funding goal

Video series Ordinary Women has been successfully crowdfunded on Seed&Spark. The Feminist Frequency production entered its final six-hour stretch some $20k short of its $200k goal. However, during a live stream featuring critic Anita Sarkeesian and broadcast from Double Fine Productions, the project hit its target. Four episodes of the …

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Beamdog stands by developers but cuts Gamergate dig from Baldur’s Gate

The CEO of Baldur’s Gate: Siege of Dragonspear developer Beamdog has spoken out against the harassment aimed at some of its developers. The game sparked fury this week by having the audacity to include a transgender character. The studio has said that it feels the idea may have been better …

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IGDA: Nintendo is oblivious to consequences of Rapp sacking

The International Game Developers Association has criticised Nintendo for the timing of its sacking of Alison Rapp. Rapp was fired last week after a prolonged online hate campaign. Rapp stated that Nintendo told her she was no longer a good, safe representative of Nintendo”, although the platform holder insisted that …

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Baldur’s Gate expansion criticised for inclusion of a transgender character

Just another normal day in the games industry, then. Recently released Baldur’s Gate expansion Siege of Dragonspear has found itself subject to heavy criticism from segments of the fanbase, with the anger seemingly directed toward two fronts. On the one hand, there is widespread frustration at the game’s technical performance. …

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Gaming’s gender split equal across PC and mobile

The widespread stereotype of gamers as being predominantly male has been dealt yet another blow. A newreportfrom App Annie looking into the US audiences for mobile, PC and console during Q3 2015 found that iOS, Android and PC/Mac gamers were almost exactly evenly-split between male and female. The console demographic, …

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