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104 Most Influential Women In Gaming


Grrrr. I tried to keep my trap shut —stop laughing!— but I feel I must point out two CRIMINAL oversights on Next Generation’s 100 Most Influential Women in Gaming list. 
 
Egregious Oversights:
 
Roberta Williams. One of the most influential game designers of all time regardless of gender. King’s Quest 1-8, anyone? Perfecting that mix of adventure, humor, puzzles and mythology? Come on how many of us accidentally learnt Greek Myths at the knee of Dame Williams? Plus…Phantasmagoria. Live action with real actors. Scary as hell. Controversial as hell. I was fortunate to work with Roberta at Sierra, and she is an amazing woman.
 
Jane Jenson. Come ON, show me a more gripping complex storyline than the Gabriel Knight series. She also is a kickass writer of novels. Check out Judgement Day, first published as Millennium Rising. I also worked with Jane at Sierra and she was super smart and cool and was kind enough to loan me her books on King Ludwig and werewolves when I did a feature article on Gabe Knight 2 for InterAction Magazine.
 
Women Who You May Not Know But are way more influential than say marketing and pr types (no offense)
 
Mei-Mei Bong – Lead Release Program Manager, Xbox Live. Let’s just say the Xbox Live service would keel over and die without her influence.
 
Kelly Tofte – Account Manager. You want third-party games for your Xbox and Xbox 360 right? Wouldn’t happen without Kelly.
 
 
btw if I weren’t a member of Xbox GamerchiX I would also call bullshit on a few of Next-Gen’s choices, but I can’t, so I won’t (my own manifesta has already bitten me in the ass)
 
 
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11 thoughts on “104 Most Influential Women In Gaming

  1. Totally agreed on the shoutouts.
     
    e ❤ dragonlady…

  2. Trixie, you are so right about Roberta Williams. I kept waiting for her to appear and can’t believe she’s been left out. Without the KQ series graphical adventures wouldn’t be as developed as they are today, and Phantasmagoria was groound-breaking stuff (although juggling CDs was always a pain).

    Keep up the good work!

    Chris
    (GamerTag Anjou)

  3. I agree on the Account Manager side.  I dont’ know Kelly, but it is that group that is on the ‘front line’ making games come to the 360.
     
    Now that I think about it, I have no clue either way but just have a ‘sweet spot’ for Account Managers.  🙂
     
    I know somebody already mentioned it, but you should also be on there along with Grandma Hardcore.  The industry needs to shift focus to more inclusivity and you both fit into the ‘making it happen’ and ‘it happening’ genre. 

  4. I’m gonna bite my tongue on how I feel about some of these so called "influential" women in gaming, but I agree 100% that TriXie you DAMN sure should be on that list.

  5. GreenLantern4 on said:

    Ahh, thanks for the walk down memory lane.  I grew up on the Sierra PC games like "King’s Quest", "Polic Quest", "Space Quest", "Leisure Suit Larry", "Manhunter", etc.  I enjoy gaming today, but really miss those types of games. 

  6. I can’t believe Roberta Williams was # 1 on this list.  Any list of influential people must start with the people who were ‘there’ in the beginning!  Roberta is one of a handful of game designers in the history of gaming that has their name as part of the game’s title!
    Very few get that honor. 
    I’m a big fan and I’m also a boater so I’m still following Roberta and her husband Ken (Founder of Sierra Online) since he started blogging about his Atlantic crossing and eventually turned that into a book http://www.kensbook.com
    Love your blog Trixie,
     Cheers,
      ‘Fish

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