And, when you’re that age, part of the “what do I think is fun” aspect is a secondary thought of, “OMG, and I could get PAID to do that?” As I stated before, kids aren’t planning their portfolios at 10, but they certainly are thinking about what they want to be when they grow up, and for some reason girls aren’t thinking about becoming game designers.
I don’t have all the answers, but I sure as hell am going to keep looking until I find them. And, one place to start is helping girls know that if they enjoy gaming, they enjoy coding, then YES, there is a job for them when the get older.
Will do! Thanks!!!
I’m not trying to make any conclusion. Am I saying that not having a positive role model is the definitive reason why girls aren’t coding? No, but it sure would be an awesome opportunity for them to see what’s possible.
What I do do (heh) is talk to the kids (something not everyone thinks to do) and ask them why they didn’t sign-up or why they quit halfway through. I even ask the kids who do commit and stay in the program what could make them more interested in continuing next year.
What the girls say is that it was fun, but they didn’t see the point. They said they enjoyed it, but didn’t see why they should commit time after school for something that they’d never do after school. They don’t say that about dance lessons, art classes, or ballet, swimming, soccer, music, etc. Why? Because there are specific, identifiable female role models in those areas that girls can look to and think, “I can do that.”
Do you know what the boys say? “I’m gonna work for Call of Duty!” “I’m gonna make the next Minecraft!” Does that mean girls aren’t interested in games? No, but part of what we do as educators is listen to what kids say and interpret why they might say what they did, or where it came from; and, when I hear boys on the first day of the program making plans for their future as game designers (yes, that might change over the years), and I hear girls saying “it’s fun, but what’s the point,” I start to make connections and attempt to find solutions. And, one of the potential solutions is getting a woman in the industry to come out and talk to them.
You trivialize the importance of that, yet no one ever balks at Career Day in elementary school, or Read Across America where adults come and read to children.
No, girls aren’t saying, “I don’t feel Scratch is an application that will have a positive impact on my digital portfolio when I apply at Activision next semester as an intern,” they’re 10 years old! But, it is something kids are always thinking about — what awesome job would I love to have since that I’m 10 and can become almost anything I want?
I work in a K-6 school district as a Curriculum Specialist for Technology; fancy words simply meaning I help teachers and kids use technology.
For the past 2 years, we’ve run a Scratch video game competition where 3rd-6th grade kids create video games in the Scratch visual programming application. As expected, the majority of participants were boys.
This year, to try to entice more girls to get involved, we simply created some Girls Coding Clubs to specifically encourage them to join. We didn’t exclude boys; they still have a after-school club to participate in, but we felt it was important to put it out and in the open that we were specifically wanting more girls involved.
Here’s the kicker: most girls don’t believe there’s a JOB waiting for them in game design. That’s why they don’t participate; not because they aren’t interested, they simply believe that all the video game jobs go to boys, not girls.
Now, we’re located quite close to Blizzard, EA, and even the new Sony Santa Monica studios. I’ve contacted the first two (not Sony, yet) multiple times to ask if they simply could send a female game designer, programmer, writer, artist out to speak with our girls club on the important role they can play in gaming….NOTHING.
It went down the bottomless pit that is the PR department. How can I encourage these girls to continue to program and et involved in game creation, and tell them that they do indeed have a place, when companies so very, very local to us won’t even give the gift of 20 minutes to come out and share their views on the roles of girls in gaming.
We’re not giving up, but it certainly is very, very disheartening. So, if any of you have contacts with gaming companies in the LA/OC area, we would LOVE to have a representative come out and speak with our eager, highly motivated girls!
Umm, no. Those are not microtransactions.
- Pokemon Rumble Figures – Physical items; like Skylanders
- Exclusive Pokemon in Stores – Free DLC
- Street Pass Games – Buy the game, get everything in it
- Steel Diver Sub Wars – Buy the game, get everything in it
Please tell me how any of those sound even remotely close to what this investor is talking about…
Please don’t confuse companies with their shareholders. I guarantee you, this guy does not, in any way, shape, or form, represent Nintendo.