Did you know that you owe many of your favorite games to women? Women who founded studios, achieved technical breakthroughs or just had damn good ideas? We have collected them for you.
You owe your favorite games to these 10 women
Gambling is men’s business and the development of games anyway? Are you kidding me? Are you serious when you say that! Behind numerous game hits are women who have made crucial creative decisions in development or have laid the technical foundations without which today’s success would not have been possible.
Which women were responsible for your favorite games, you will learn on the following list.
Jade Raymond not only founded the Motive Studios of Electronic Arts but also Ubisoft Toronto. The first two Assassin’s Creed games and Watch Dogs were created under her leadership.
Amy Henning started her video game career back in the days of the Nintendo Entertainment System, but today she is best known for her work on the Uncharted series, for which she wrote the story and was the creative director.
Danielle Bunten Berry
As a programmer and game designer, Danielle Bunten Berry laid important foundations for today’s multiplayer games. In 1983 she developed M.U.L.E one of the first multiplayer titles for the Atari home computer. In 1998 Berry died of lung cancer.
If you like playing games with original sound, you’ve probably heard the voice of Jennifer Hale before. She has played numerous roles in games such as Baldur’s Gate, Mass Effect, Metroid Prime, Metal Gear Solid, Bioshock Infinite or Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic. In 2013, she was honored by Guin’s book of records as the prolific voice actress for video games.
After Robin Hunicke worked on the Wii title MySims at Electronic Arts, she was hired by
Siobhan Reddy was involved in the founding of the Media Molecule studios and thus responsible for its debut: LittleBigPlanet.
Brenda Romero, the wife of the legendary designer John Romero, who was responsible for Wolfenstein 3D, Doom and Quake, worked on a total of 49 games. Among other things, she wrote the story of the tactical classic Jagged Alliance 2 and was the lead designer for Wizardry 8.
Bonnie Ross is Vice President of Microsoft Studios and founded Studio 343 Industries, which she has been taking over since then. Ever since, 343 Industries has been working on new Halo games.
Kellee Santiago founded the studio
Kim Swift, along with fellow students, developed the mystery classic Portal, which she eventually took charge of. For her work, she was hired by Gabe Newell personally at Valve. Among other things, she took over leading positions in the development of Left 4 Dead and Left 4 Dead 2.
Of course, these were not all well-known women who helped make video games what they are today. Do you know any other important representatives we did not mention on the list? Name them in the comments!