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.
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)