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.
Jade is currently an audio producer for Silver Rain Games. In this episode we discuss her transition coming from freelance to an inhouse role during lockdown and how she's bringing together professionals and students in the games industry as the Organiser and Community Leader for Game Dev London.
This is episode 46 of She Plays Games.
Joel Beardshaw and Annie Grudeva
On today’s episode I’m joined by Joel Beardshaw, a lead game designer at ustwo games, and his mentee, Annie Grudeva, who is the Creative Director at Perpetual Games.
We discuss their experiences working together as Mentor and Mentee, the benefits of having someone to talk to about professional problems and why it’s not a bad thing to ask for help.
Molly has been creating content around The Sims now for over 7 years and has undergone quite the journey. Throughout this episode, we discuss the valuable role content creators play in the wider video games industry, what other developers could learn from how The Sims ecosystem works and what it was like to go on a reality TV show related to playing a non-competitive game, competitively!
I really hope you enjoy Molly’s story!
Charly is currently a PhD student at Abertay University where she’s looking at the use of interactive role playing games to enhance the learning of a second language. She is also helping Women in Games build out their esports offering and having travelled a ton, Charly is a huge advocate for the inclusivity and protection of culture within video games. I really hope you enjoy listening to Charly’s story. This is episode 43 of She Plays Games
Tara Saunders and Cinzia Musio
Limit Break Mentorship Special Episode
Today, I’m joined with a previous mentor and mentee partnership, Tara Saunders who is the Studio Head at PlayStation London Studio and Cinzia Musio, the Diversity & Inclusion Advisor at Splash Damage.
We discuss their experiences working together as Mentor and Mentee, what makes a great partnership, and how they knew it was the right time to take part in a mentorship program.
Now working as the Director of Global Community at 505 Games, Antonela has risen rapidly over the past few years. But even though she now looks after the communications strategies for huge games like Control and Death Stranding… it was not the career she envisioned for herself after leaving University. In today’s show, we talk about some very valuable tips for community management, getting over the fear of sunk cost and being open to other opportunities that may come your way.
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!