Get Your Game on Wednesday: Gen Con Gender Wins

Happy Wednesday, gaming lovelies! Fresh off my weekend at the fabulous inaugural Granite Game Summit, I’m here to report on all the week’s news. So let’s get to it!

Equal gender representation for Gen Con 2016’s Industry Insiders

Welcome to the future, gaming friends! Last week, Gen Con, one of the oldest and largest tabletop conventions, announced their line-up for the Industry Insiders Featured Presenters and the majority of speakers are women. Additionally, the Industry Insider Guest of Honor is board game designer Mike Pondsmith, who by the way, also happens to be black.

Over the weekend, I was chatting with good friend and game designer Glenn Given, of Games by Playdate, about the importance of companies using their success to influence positive change in the community. It’s not enough for the individual gamers and journalists to call out the issues; the folks with sway in our community need to back our plays too.

Even with positive strides, there will be missteps. For example, the Gen Con schedule included a workshop called “Beyond the Game: Real Connection With Women.” I’m all for self-help tips, but this is an odd topic for a game convention. So, although we’re making progress, we still need to be on the lookout for this type of nonsense and call it out. Change doesn’t occur all at once, but it is happening.

What to Play

Overwatch – Xbox One, PS4, PCsymmetra-screenshot-001

The highly anticipated game makes its official release on Tuesday May 24, but with almost 10 million users playing Overwatch beta, it feels like it’s been out for ages. I had a fun run with the team-based shooter at PAX East and can definitely see the game’s appeal. The characters look great, the female characters look great and the game is fun to play.


Stellaris – Steam, PCStellaris

If sometimes you just want to play a beautiful space exploration game, take a peek at Stellaris. The game was released last week to positive reviews on Steam and it’s gorgeous. The screenshots don’t do it justice, so do yourself a favor and check out the game trailer.


Alice in Wonderland Puzzle Golf Adventures – iOSAlice in Wonderland Puzzle Golf

Combing Alice in Wonderland with mini golf to make a mobile game seems like a very strange premise but it somehow all works out in the wash. This adorable puzzler is out now for a one-time cost of $2.99, with no in-app purchases.


Animals on Board – tabletopAnimals-On-Board-Stronghold-Games-box-693x1024

In this light-hearted casual game, players try to group animals on the Ark, without creating pairs, because a certain you-know-who claims all animal pairs for himself. Originally released in Europe earlier this year, the game makes it US debut this week.


Diversity Leaderboard

+1 for Leadership: Unity launches women in gaming talks 

Unity Technologies, creators of the widely used gaming platform, Unity, is hosting a series of gaming talks aimed at broadening the discussion within the gaming industry. Five events are planned for this year; three in the US, one in Amsterdam and one in Shanghai.

MCV Women in Games 2016Achievement unlocked: So many women in games! 

MCV UK announces their top 30 Women in Games list ahead of their Women in Games ceremony this week. You can check out the full online magazine issue or peruse the full list of finalists.

That’s it for this week! I hope you have a fabulous week. Until next week, happy gaming!

Brenda Noiseux

Brenda Noiseux

Community builder, artist, convention organizer, gamer, geek writer @womenoncomics, @Sidequest_BHP. Owner, Bittenby Studios