Correction: Female Game Artists story by The Associated Press Posted May 30, 2016 8:33 am MDT Last Updated Jun 1, 2016 at 10:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email PHILADELPHIA – In a story May 30 about female video game developers, The Associated Press reported erroneously when Gamergate, a controversy over video game criticism and ensuing online harassment of women in the industry, began. It began in 2014, not 2013.A corrected version of the story is below:After Gamergate, female video game developers on the riseThe male-dominated video game industry is changing as more women get involved in designing, playing and reviewing themBy NATALIE POMPILIOAssociated PressStudents from an all-female arts college in Philadelphia attended a conference for video game developers last year and, without even trying, they stood out.“We were basically the only girls in the room,” recalled Lindsey O’Brien, 21, a rising senior at Philadelphia’s Moore College of Art & Design.The male-dominated video game industry is changing as more women develop games, play games and take jobs reviewing games. While the ongoing cyber harassment of female gamers known as “Gamergate” indicates a reluctance by some to accept the growing number of women in the industry, mainstream institutions are welcoming all to the console.Moore’s animation and gaming arts program will see its first class of game developers graduate next year. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology created its Game Lab in 2012. New York University’s Tisch School began offering a video game design degree last year.“There’s going to be a huge boom of women entering the industry in the next 10 years,” said Stephen Wood, Moore’s gaming arts professor, who took over the fledging program when he joined the faculty in 2014. “In the ’80s and ’90s, video games were seen as things boys do. But in the ’90s and early 2000s, girls said, ‘We’re going to play, too.’ Now those girls are going to college and studying video games. We’re helping close that gender gap and being part of the solution.”According to a 2015 survey by the International Game Developers Association, the number of female video game developers has doubled in the past seven years, from 11 per cent in 2009 to about 21 per cent now. About 79 per cent of the survey’s 2,000 respondents agreed diversity in the industry is “very” or “somewhat” important.“Much dialogue has occurred in the past couple of years around the topic, (with) a strong majority recognizing that greater diversity on development teams creates a stronger foundation for the team to create games that may maximize their global appeal,” said Kate Edwards, executive director of the association.Since joining Moore, Wood has seen the gaming arts program grow from eight students to about 40. He acknowledges he had some bias against female game creators until he saw his students’ work.“They create these awesome games that are no different than what you’d see in the industry today,” he said. “It’s a misperception that girls are making games with rainbows and unicorns. They’re really not. I don’t play a new game and say, ‘Oh, this was designed by a woman, this was designed by a guy.’”O’Brien learned the ins and outs of gaming from her mother, who could tear up the Atari. O’Brien started out on Sega Genesis and PlayStation systems, bonding with her older brother as they played games like “Mortal Kombat.”“I have tons of female friends who like shooter games, like ‘Call of Duty,’” she said. “A lot of people who aren’t part of the community are shocked when they hear that.”“Gamergate” began in 2014 after anonymous online commenters claimed a female video game developer was getting an unjust amount of attention for a new product. She was the victim of cyber harassment that then spread to other women in the industry, including Edwards, the executive director of the Game Developers Association.Edwards said the incidents have raised important industry issues. Intel, for example, pledged $300 million in 2015 to fund a three-year effort to increase the number of under-represented groups — including women, Hispanics and African-Americans — by 14 per cent.Wood said he talks to his students about the potential for abuse. The good thing, he said, is Moore students have a tight bond and can stand together against such threats. O’Brien, too, said she expects some negative responses, but she’s ready for them.“There are some people who say girls don’t know about games, that girls can’t make games,” O’Brien said. “I think if somebody has the skills to do the job, they should do the job.” In this Friday, May 13, 2016, photo, animation and gaming arts student Lindsey O’Brien works on her project at Moore College of Art & Design in Philadelphia. The male-dominated video game industry is changing as more women develop games, play games and take jobs reviewing games. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
There’s been a lot of talk lately about the defence budget, and how many planes and ships the UK can afford.To try and shed some more light on the subject, The Telegraph sent its Defence and Security correspondent, Dominic Nicholls, on a mission: to build his very own Telegraph Air Force.So where does one go to do their Air Force shopping?The Royal International Air Show, of course. The US defence secretary told his British counterpart that Washington is “concerned” that the UK’s military power and diplomatic influence is “at risk of erosion”.General Mattis said he wanted the UK to remain America’s “partner of choice” but also said that the French were committed to being “global actors” alongside the US.Mr Williamson has been pushing for extra cash, stepping up his efforts after the NHS was promised a funding boost. Dominic Nicholls tests out some kit This was compounded by a leaked letter from Pentagon chief Jim Mattis to Mr Williamson, which hinted that the special relationship could be under strain unless the UK boosted its defence capability. A row continues to rage in Whitehall between Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson and the Prime Minister over defence funding.Mrs May has refused to commit publicly to Britain remaining a “tier one” military power, raising fears in the Ministry of Defence that Britain’s military status could be in jeopardy. Which is why The Telegraph’s defence expert travelled to the Royal International Air Tattoo to learn just how much it costs to build an air force.Watch the video to find out if Dominic managed to stick to budget, even with a discount. Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May (R), her husband Philip May (C) and Britain’s Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson attend the national Armed Forces Day celebrations Credit:OLI SCARFF/AFP Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
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