The history of gaming has been shaped by various women over the years, who have either coded, produced, or acted in our favourite franchises. Without them, the industry would be a very different place.
In honour of their achievements, we wanted to highlight some of the most influential women in gaming for International Women’s Day!
While her career began as a programmer for Sony, Jade Raymond played a huge role in bringing Assassin’s Creed to the world. The historical action series has become one of the biggest in gaming, but Jade’s work didn’t stop there. She recently set up a new studio with EA to work on Star Wars Battlefront II’s epic single player campaign mode.
If you’re a fan of action games, chances are you’re a fan of Amy Hennig’s work. The writer/director has worked on cult classics such as Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver and Soul Reaver 2, as well as creating and developing the Uncharted trilogy on PlayStation 3. Without her, we would be living in a Nathan Drake-less world. That doesn’t bear thinking about.
After working on MySims and Boom Blox at EA, Robin Hunicke joined thatgamecompany to work on Journey as a producer. The result is one of the most delightful experiences in gaming. From the distinctive art style, clever puzzles, and unique multiplayer in which you can only communicate with other players using chirps, it’s an unforgettable experience. We can’t wait to play the next game she’s working on, the cute and colourful Wattam.
The chances are that one of your favourite videogame heroines in recent years has been voiced by Ashly Burch. Tiny Tina in Borderlands 2? She voices her. Chole Price in Life is Strange? That’s Ashly. Aloy in Horizon Zero Dawn. You get the idea. The hyper-talented actor has brought life to so many brilliant characters that her name on the credits is practically a guarantee of quality.
As one of the co-founders of Media Molecule, Siobhan Reddy is one of the most important figures in the British games industry. She’s already helped create the LittleBigPlanet franchise and Tearaway, and with Dreams heading to PS4 this year, we won’t have to wait long to see what’s next from her and the team at Media Molecule.
If you know that the cake is a lie, and that Glados can’t be trusted, then you’ll know why Kim Swift is on our list. Portal was the first game she designed after leaving university, which puts our summer of just playing games to shame. Swift also played a role in bringing Left 4 Dead to life, and she now works for EA Motive.
Simply put, Carol Shaw is a trailblazer. As one of the first female coders in the industry, she developed games for Atari then Activision between the years of 1978-1984. Her work helped turn videogames into the hobby we know and love today, and she received the Industry Icon Award at the 2017 Game Awards.
Want to play some more games starring strong women? Check out our specially curated collection of kick-ass heroines at GAME.co.uk.