PS4 NewsLeading Game Design Program Attracting More Women Than Men - PS4 News

Members Login: Register | Why sign up? | Forgot Password?

Leading Game Design Program Attracting More Women Than Men

When I was a kid in school, the idea of a girl playing a video game was about as ridiculous as a girl playing with Transformers and getting picked first in gym.

Oh, how things have changed.

I hear they don't pick teams in gym classes anymore for esteem reasons, I think a lot of girls went to see those "Transformers" movies, and yup, we've got lots of girl gamers, too.

We still don't have a ton of females on the development side of the industry, but that's going to start changing awfully fast. According to a new report in The Los Angeles Times, the video game design program at USC - named by the Princeton Review as one of the best in the country - actually has more women than men. Over the past few years, the number of females signing up for this program has drastically increased:

In 2011, USC admitted 15 men and 5 women into its graduate game design program. In 2015, the numbers were almost reversed, with 12 women and 7 men being accepted. At the undergraduate level, only 7 of the 27 freshmen were women in 2012 but in 2015, the numbers were even. Said professor and game designer Tracy Fullerton:

"We live in a culture where the first impulse is to have a male main character, to assume a male gaze on the screen. That's got to change. Young women need characters to have as role models. ... It's important. The more that games become a key medium, the more important it becomes for this to happen."

We're certainly seeing a lot more female characters in video games these days, and they're essentially normal. Well, if not entirely "normal," at least not absurdly over-sexualized as they have been in the past; all one has to do is compare the new Lara Croft to previous generations to see the positive changes.

I still see no problem with the occasional damsel in distress theme, though. I always wanted to get past Bowser to save the Princess, and I doubt there was anything wrong with that. It was cool, however, to suddenly have the Princess as a playable character in future Mario games. ;)

Tags: video game development, video game design, usc game design program

1/22/2016 11:29:59 AM Ben Dutka

Put this on your webpage or blog:
Email this to a friend
Follow PSX Extreme on Twitter

Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Share on Google Share on MySpace Share on Delicious Share on Digg Share on Google Buzz Share via E-Mail Share via Tumblr Share via Posterous




New Comment System


Legacy Comment System (7 posts)


Ydobon
Friday, January 22, 2016 @ 2:47:22 PM
Reply

you know, princess peach has her own video game called Super Princess Peach?

Agree with this comment 0 up, 0 down Disagree with this comment

Underdog15
Friday, January 22, 2016 @ 3:22:06 PM
Reply

I personally think it'll be cool to get to a point where we don't find this sort of thing surprising enough to want to talk about it.

Agree with this comment 2 up, 0 down Disagree with this comment

Victor321
Friday, January 22, 2016 @ 3:34:15 PM

Exactly.

Agree with this comment 0 up, 0 down Disagree with this comment

Victor321
Friday, January 22, 2016 @ 3:33:42 PM
Reply

Nice touch at the end!

Agree with this comment 0 up, 0 down Disagree with this comment

BikerSaint
Friday, January 22, 2016 @ 5:47:20 PM
Reply

Good for women!

Now, if we could only figure out a way to hang all those scumbags balls from a tree for harassing women players, or at the very least keep all those sad-sacks offline for good.

Agree with this comment 0 up, 0 down Disagree with this comment

Corvo
Saturday, January 23, 2016 @ 12:19:21 AM
Reply

Probably for the same reason a Caucasian police officer thinks twice about pulling over someone of a darker skin tone.

Agree with this comment 0 up, 0 down Disagree with this comment

Bio
Saturday, January 23, 2016 @ 9:54:49 AM

What is this even supposed to mean?

Agree with this comment 0 up, 0 down Disagree with this comment

Leave a Comment

Please login or register to leave a comment.

Our Poll

Who's the best game character?
Mario
Nathan Drake
Master Chief
Sonic
Sackboy
Kratos
Donkey Kong
Solid Snake
Lara Croft
Link

Previous Poll Results