Welcome to the She Plays Games Podcast! Over the next weeks, months and years, I, Lauren, hope to speak to a broad spectrum of women who’re working in the video games industry to learn more about their amazing experiences and the paths they've taken to get to where they are today. Whether you’re thinking about joining the video games industry or are just interested to learn more about the incredible women that I’ll be speaking to, my goal is to inspire you through the telling of these stories.
Lucy is a Host and Senior Video Producer at GameSpot and after working for the UK division for numerous years, she now calls San Francisco her home!
Throughout this episode, we discuss Lucy’s inspiration for seeking out a career in the video games industry, why she misses big conferences like E3 and how she adjusts to new roles, expectations and working environments.
I really hope you enjoy listening to Lucy’s story.
Zoë works at Rockstar Games as a Tools Programmer and in this role she helps many of the other teams at Rockstar to do their jobs more efficiently. Given the scale of their games, it’s a pretty integral role and Zoe has received numerous plaudits for her work, such as being included in Develop’s 30 Under 30. Throughout this interview, we discuss a switch from musical theatre to programming and the importance of a family support network. I really hope you enjoy Zoë’s story!
Lauren hasn’t been in the video games industry for very long, but after switching over from corporate communications, she has made a considerable impact for numerous indie developers.
In a short period of time, Lauren has overseen four successful funding drives and she’s now serving as the community manager for Code Coven, an initiative to help marginalised developers, and the Chief Communications Office for Stardust, a small indie game studio who’re looking to push boundaries.
Tina is an Assistant Producer at Skyhook Studios, having just joined following a successful stint in QA at PlayStation, where she worked on games like The Last of Us II and Days Gone.
Throughout the episode, we discuss the various avenues available for people who’re looking to enter into the gaming industry and why QA deserves much more credit than it often gets.
I really hope you enjoy listening to Tina’s story!
Jay Shin is the co-founder of an independent studio called Arrogant Pixel and she’s also a lecturer on the Games, Design and Animation course at the University of West London. You may also recognise Jay as one of the moderators on the She Plays Games Discord server… and she’s awesome! I really hope you enjoy listening to Jay’s story.
Manda works for Codemasters as a Game Designer. Over the past year, she’s been hard at work on DiRT5, which has just launched on current generation and next generation platforms, and she’s had an absolute blast! Before that Amanda worked at Nomad Games, a small indie development studio who worked on creating video game versions of popular tabletop fantasy board game franchises - quite the change from working on off-road racing, I’m sure you’ll all agree!
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Don’t sleep on this podcast!
I listen to a ton of game and dev podcasts so I’m surprised it took me so long to stumble across this one, but it has quickly risen to one of my top shows and I’ve spent the last few weeks going through the backlog. Lauren is a great host and leads some terrific conversation with the guests she brings on, each also amazingly talented in their own field. This would be a great podcast for students or people looking to learn more about paths into the industry, and it’s great to see more spotlights on women in games!
A great first episode of what I hope will be a prolific series. Lauren and Sandra had a good rapport, and shared an authentic perspective on entering the games industry. If the show continues in this way, it will be a real asset to young women/men/whoever may be interested in pursuing that path.
One production note: the format would benefit from a structured outro to reiterate the names and follow-information for the host, guest and show, as well as when to expect the next episode. Also, if that includes contact info for nominating potential guests, I bet you’d get a strong response!