All the good stuff
It’s probably hard to be optimistic about the New Year right now. It feels like the pandemic is in full swing (at least that’s how it is in New York City, where businesses are closed and vacation plans are canceled), and every hot day in December is a reminder that, oh yeah, climate change. On a smaller scale, things were difficult for the women in the game as well. They were always harassed online (empathize before you comment, folks!), Underpaid, and underrepresented.
But I can’t help it, I suck for a new year. I love to see the silver party hats in store windows and watch people kissing under confetti. I love it when people take a clean slate, set goals and imagine a better future, or just a better next year. A new year is a small ray of hope in the shaking of an otherwise dirty pan. I even feel it here in New York, where we have a clock that literally counts our weather-related deaths as we walk to work.
And 2021 wasn’t that bad, anyway. Riot Games agreed this week to pay a $ 100 million settlement in the 2018 gender discrimination case. third over three years of gender equity in employee compensation. and work assignments ”, reports The New York Times. While the change is almost always frustrating, I hope the regulations are loud and symbolic enough that gender discrimination in the game becomes well known and workers are able to demand more and better from their employers. next year.
I’m also excited about the increasingly vibrant online spaces where women and other marginalized gamers can come together, like the r / GamerGirls subreddit, TikTok, and cross-focused streaming site Peer2Peer. I think these spaces will continue to empower marginalized players and encourage studios to care for them more appropriately.
And things are moving in that direction – in 2021, 45% of “gamers” identify as female, up from 41% in 2020. Fashion and makeup companies are kissing female gamers, increasingly marketing and showcasing them. value the mainstream expansion of the word “player”. I could see the gap between the players identified by men and women narrowing even further in 2022.
When it comes to female-led games, I can’t wait to Eve Project and Bayonet 3. Probably also The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, which doesn’t have any protagonists announced yet, but, you know, women and horror and everything.
So I feel optimistic. It’s easy to be overwhelmed by scary stories about women in video games, especially if you yourself are a woman who has experienced the mythical vitriolic of the male gamer. It’s hard to find dignity in a space where you often feel unwanted.
But as I learn to deal with this feeling on my own, I’ve found it gratifying to focus my attention on the people in the game who push for compassion and diversity, like the women at Riot Games or in my Spotlight on gamers. It’s important to discuss gambling issues, but it’s also important to take the time to understand what makes you love in the first place: community and creativity. So I look forward to 2022, and strange as it sounds in a comments section, I take comfort in knowing that the women in the game will always be fighting ahead.