IN CASE YOU MISSED IT…

We’re back for a new year of highlighting the articles that have caught our eye in the world of games and beyond…

Resident Evil: What makes Alice one of horror’s best feminist icons?, asks CBRhttps://www.cbr.com/resident-evil-alice-feminist-icon/

Did you know that there are now more gamers in South East Asia who are women and girls than those who are men? One Esports provides an analysis here – https://www.oneesports.gg/gaming/female-gamers-southeast-asia/

The Gamer highlights how video games can help with mental wellbeing, via this brilliant and honest first hand account – https://www.thegamer.com/video-game-comfort-characters-baldurs-gate-3-persona-5-final-fantasy-14/

Just earlier this week, the UK’s Children’s Commissioner published its report ‘Digital Playgrounds: Children’s Views on Video Gaming’. You can read the overview here – https://www.childrenscommissioner.gov.uk/blog/digital-playgrounds-childrens-views-on-video-gaming/. And the full report is here – https://assets.childrenscommissioner.gov.uk/wpuploads/2024/01/Report-Digital-playgrounds-Childrens-views-on-gaming.pdf

In the wider business world, latest Harvard Business Review research confirms what we already know – that women improve decision-making on boards. Read and bookmark the report here – https://hbr.org/2023/11/research-how-women-improve-decision-making-on-boards

When it comes to our worklife in general, Stylist Magazine has revealed what behaviours we should be ushering in – and out – in 2024https://www.stylist.co.uk/life/careers/work-ins-outs-for-2024/853181

With Hollywood awards season upon us, Refinery29 points out that the number of first-time winners of Golden Globes shows that diversity really does workhttps://www.refinery29.com/en-gb/2024/01/11637259/golden-globes-winners-2024-diversity

However, despite the storming success of the Barbie movie last year, Variety has revealed that movie studios hired fewer women directors in 2023 than they did in 2022https://variety.com/2024/film/news/barbie-precentage-female-directors-employment-2023-study-1235859152/

Speaking of Barbie, actor America Ferrera has hit back at critics who have claimed that her iconic speech at the end of the movie provided ‘oversimplified’ feminist views. “There are still a lot of people who need Feminism 101,” she said, as reported by Huffington Posthttps://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/america-ferrera-takes-on-barbie-critics-over-this-1-key-scene_uk_659529a8e4b0f27b6e35cc49

And still with Barbie, ‘Jo Koy’s Golden Globes joke proves Barbie was right: The real world is messed up’ says Women’s Agenda, highlighting the joke by the awards ceremony host – and the reaction from the audience. In case you missed it, here’s the joke:
“Oppenheimer is based on a 721-page, Pulitzer Prize-winning book about the Manhattan Project. And Barbie is based on a plastic doll with big boobies.”Read about the response from the room, including the director of Barbie, the awesome Greta Gerwig here – https://womensagenda.com.au/latest/soapbox/jo-koys-golden-globes-joke-proves-barbie-was-right-the-real-world-is-messed-up/

Over to sport and Sports Pro has revealed that online gender-based violence has increased in line with the rising profile of women’s sports, and asks if content producers are doing enough to tackle the problem – https://www.sportspromedia.com/insights/womens-sport-online-abuse-social-media/

And the Women in Sport organisation used a powerful LinkedIn post to show that despite the success of the England Lionesses football team, “we’re sad to say we’re still a long way from true equality”. The post reveals the extent of the sexist and abusive remarks they receive, but also counters by showcasing some of the positive and inspiring comments too – http://tinyurl.com/2jbfewpy

Finally, and back in games, Eurogamer has reported that a former executive has filed a discrimination claim with Activision Blizzard, alleging it of discriminating against ‘old white guys’… we’ll just leave this one here – https://www.eurogamer.net/activision-blizzard-has-been-accused-of-discriminating-against-old-white-guys

As ever, if you spot anything you’d like to share with the Women in Games community, please contact Lisa.Carter@womeningames.org