“It’s a tough place to be a woman in gaming.
It’s a place where a lot of men get to do the things they love, and a lot less of us get to have a voice, which is important to me,” said Liza Campbell.
Campbell said she found the industry to be particularly hostile toward women in a variety of ways, from a lack of representation to the fact that games don’t get to be as big and diverse as other industries.
“I don’t think there’s a lot that we can do about it.
We can’t make games bigger and better and better, or we can just make them less scary,” Campbell said.
“We need to create a space that isn’t all about making the best games, but making games that are just about being human.”
Campbell also said there’s no easy answer for the diversity gap, but the industry’s efforts to create diverse teams are “good.”
“If I could just get more women on my team and not just focus on a bunch of dudes, I would be happy,” Campbell told Polygon.
“It doesn’t make sense to me that we’re talking about a male-dominated industry and I think that that’s a problem.”
Campbell added that women are still underrepresented in the industry, even as the industry has become more diverse.
“Women are not being offered a position that is comparable to men in the same way that we have to be in the film industry,” she said.
Campbell told the New Yorker that she is particularly angry about how games are marketed to boys and young men.
“When you look at games, you look like the guys in the video games you see, or the people who have been in games before,” Campbell added.
“There are no women in the top-grossing games.
It doesn’t even have a female lead in the best-selling game of the year.”
The New Yorker, which Campbell said is “always a great place to find the best stories,” also ran a profile on Campbell last year.
She said that when she started out, she had to put up with “pretty shitty sexism” from fellow developers and publishers, but she eventually began to accept that she was the only one who saw the issues.
“The more I worked in the game industry, the more I realized that I was one of the only people who actually had the courage to tell me what I needed to hear,” Campbell wrote.
“That is the difference.
You don’t hear it from men.
And it’s not because you’re a man, it’s because you have a different experience.”