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Women, games, technology

Category: Uncategorized

Went there :
misbehaving.net is a weblog about women and technology. It’s a celebration of women’s contributions to computing; a place to spotlight women’s contributions as well point out new opportunities and challenges for women in the computing field.”

full of good stuff.

clicking and clicking, i got there. Selected this :

“I don’t play as much as I used to; these days I’m more likely to demand that moriarty6 buy a title and play it for me than hit the keyboard myself. I prefer to spectate while sitting in bed with a glass of wine and some popcorn. I love it. I’d rather watch him play Silent Hill 3 again than go to the movies. At a theater, if you scream, “DON’T GO IN THERE!” you get pelted in the back of the head with chocolate-covered peanuts. Also, you get ignored by the people in the story, who will merrily go about making the sorts of suicidal decisions that make me want to pistol-whip the writers. But if I’m sitting at home, with all the lights out, and waves of mystical shit are driving that video card into a frenzy … should I call out, “DON’T GO IN THERE!” Jym says, “Hmmm, maybe you’re right. Let’s try another approach, or at least arm-up and check our health levels before we open that door.” But I say all that to say this: how am I not a target market? How come it is, that when people talk about games for women, they are inevitably talking about the Sims? Or Everquest? While I realize that many women (it would seem) really enjoy the community aspects of MMORPG, there are plenty of us out here who scan the racks at EB looking for good single-player action and/or survival horror. ”

It’s part of a reaction to this, which is a rather fun report from a “Women in Games” panel with only men talking.

Sterling talk at MS

Category: science/fiction

Not so long ago, Bruce Sterling gave a lecture at Microsoft (gosh, how completely shocking ;-). If you wonder what it was about there is a complete transcript