As game developers, we should be held accountable for making great games that are inclusive, enhance the gaming experience, and build positive gaming communities. With nearly 20 years in game development, it remains of the utmost importance to me to create a space where everyone on the planet can experience the joys of gaming.
My current work on Forza Motorsport continues to teach me valuable lessons about great and inclusive game design. I will always advocate the culture of gaming for everyone so that it is directly part of the game development process. First and foremost, we need to ensure that the game designs are adaptable and support different play styles for our equally diverse players. Another valuable lesson is the importance of creating boundaries to support safer communities as part of building gaming experiences. I bring this knowledge with me as I continue to work on games for Xbox and take the gaming experience to the next level.
I want to inspire our next generation of innovators and creators and hope to make a difference through deliberate inclusion, support and mentoring, especially for women who are just starting their journey. As co-directors of Women in Gaming at Xbox, we and Ivory Harvey continue to work to promote connections between women in the gaming community, support one another and raise awareness.
In celebration of International Women’s Day and Month of Women’s HistoryI’m joining Team Xbox while we focus on celebrating the amazing women playing games and creating a space for them to shine. As Xbox CEO Phil Spencer says, “In the games industry, we’ve seen tremendous contributions when women are empowered in key roles in leadership, development, design and across the creative team. We need to focus on getting more women into the gaming career at every stage and in every discipline. “
Xbox will continue to advocate content that represents the diversity of today’s gamers and will continue to empower and support women across the industry. Here are some of the ways Xbox plans to celebrate women playing games on International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month:
Xbox programming to celebrate Women’s History Month
We’ll dedicate our live streaming content throughout the month to celebrate Women’s History Month by featuring women in different categories – game protagonists, developers, content creators, and streamers! Keep following Pull out So you don’t miss any of the action!
Gears 5 Women’s History Month tournament
We’re going to throw one too Gears 5 Online tournament with all players, which will air on Saturday, March 13th at 10:30 am PT on Twitch.tv/Xbox. This will be a collaboration between Xbox, The Coalition and Smash.gg. See official rules.
Minecraft: Lessons on Women’s Equality in Education and the Right to Vote
Minecraft: Education Edition published two new lessons on International Women’s Day examining the work of Malala Yousafzai in advocating for girls’ education and Emmeline Pankhurst in seeking women’s suffrage in Victorian Britain. Look for these lessons education.minecraft.net or on the Minecraft Marketplace.
World’s Edge – Age of Empires: Queen’s Clash Tournament and Celebration of the Women of History
Queen’s Clash Tournament: Get ready to draw your sword and shield for the first time on March 13th and 14th Queen clash, on Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition International Women’s Day tournament. Queen’s Clash is run by Age of Queens, a women-led group from the Age Community and sponsored by World’s Edge. Prepare your battle cry and support our sisters in arms! ((https://www.twitch.tv/tinytriss)
Celebrating Women of History: Age of Empires celebrates stories from around the world. Throughout March, influential women will tell their stories as the story progresses ageofempires.com and social channels across the Age of Empires! ((https://www.ageofempires.com/news)
Gaming and Impact with Microsoft Rewards: Girls Who Code, Black Girls Rock
Microsoft Rewards members can earn points and donate to organizations that help women play Xbox games. All Microsoft Rewards donations to the organizations listed below will be matched by Microsoft in March.
- Girls that code is an organization that sees diversity, equity and inclusion as essential to its mission. They aim to inspire, educate, and equip girls with the computer skills to become change agents in their communities.
- Black Girls Rock is a non-profit dedicated to nurturing, enriching, and training the next generation of young female leaders by providing girls with the tools they need to develop leadership skills, improve academic performance, critical Refine thinking, promote social awareness and promote civic engagement.
Xbox players can earn Microsoft Rewards points in a number of ways, including: B. When playing or buying games after downloading the Microsoft Rewards app on Xbox. Earn points and redeem them for real rewards. Join today and Donate via Xbox.
Discover games, movies, and TV curated by women at Microsoft
This March and beyond, we’ll feature games, movies, and TV shows selected by women at Microsoft that focus on content created by women, women leaders, affirmative experiences, and more.
control – Jesse Faden is the new director of the Federal Bureau of Control, who has telekinetic powers and is recognized for her competence, thoughtfulness and power.
Dishonored: death of the outsider – Billie Lurk is a black woman who embodies outstanding depth and intersectionality and has lost her eye and arm.
Never alone – Nuna is a young Iñupiat girl who is the focus of this puzzle-platform adventure created as a strong, resourceful, clever and courageous role model for girls.
Beyond the eyes – Developed by Sherida Halatoe, this unique game follows the journey of Rae, a ten year old girl who is blind, and her journey to find her lost cat.
Discover movies and TV shows with related topics Here.
View the full collections in the Microsoft Store on Xbox Microsoft Store on Windowsand the Xbox app on Windows. After March 31, visitors to Xbox and Windows stores can find community tips from women at Microsoft by searching for “Women’s History Month” and related terms.
Xbox UK Women: Video and Visual Podcast, March-June 2021
In honor of International Women’s Day, the next one Women from Xbox UK The video, released today, features Rare’s Louise O’Connor talking to Mary McGuane (Chief of Staff, Xbox Game Studios), Nina Kristensen (Ninja Theory Development Manager) and Rose Buahin (Senior Category Manager for Games in UK Marketing Team). During the discussion, these remarkable leaders will share their thoughts on the challenges they have faced and how their experiences have strengthened their success.
We’re also announcing a new one today Women of the Xbox UK Podcast Series. The podcast features women from Xbox Game Studios and other teams discussing their experiences, sharing advice, and fueling the listener’s endeavors. Each episode will focus on where these women started their journey, where they are today, and what they see for the future. The first episode will be available towards the end of March. Watch the podcast here.
Halo: The Master Chief Collection – Badge of the Month “Spartan Kat”
In Halo: The Master Chief Collection, our players can customize their profile with special nameplates that remind of in-game activities or celebrate special events. All players who register in March will automatically have access to this unique nameplate of the month of women’s history with Spartan Kat!
Xbox ambassadors share their stories
Highlighting and amplifying community voices is central to the Xbox Ambassadors mission. In celebration of Women’s History Month, we asked members who identify as women to share how games of varying representations have impacted them and share their own stories about being part of a gaming community. Here are their stories.
Xbox Community Game Club
The Xbox Community Game Club is a weekly opportunity to play, share and discuss games together as a community. To celebrate the Month of Women’s History, we offer games with women in strong leadership or supporting roles. Check in weekly to discover your next favorite game and use #XboxGameClub to tell us about some of your favorite women in video games and how they affect you.
In recognition of International Women’s Day and Month of Women’s History, we look forward to celebrating women in gaming and highlighting women in leadership positions at Xbox. We hope to inspire the next generation of innovators and leaders in the game industry as we recognize their achievements. We will continue to advocate a safe and inclusive space where everyone can experience the joys of gaming.
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