Happy Women’s History Month!!!
Originally , the concept of video games was developed in the 1950’s as noted in Wikipedia but slowly gained steam in the 1970s and 1980s with video consoles such as Nintendo, Sega, Wii as well as desktop and mobile games like Solitaire and Minesweeper for amusement. Gaming has always been a way of educating one’s mind as well as enjoying entertainment and escaping from reality. The trailblazer for this conception for women is Ms. Carol Shaw.
Carol is a California born and raised woman who developed a keen interest in computers at a very young age. She attended college at UC-BERKELEY and graduated with bachelor and master degrees in Computer Science. Afterwards,she began her video game career at Atari with the debut video game creation of River Raid. She has worked at several other video companies throughout her career and finished her video game creation at Intellivision which is Happy Trails which is her most prominent game to date. This game creation has set a precedent for further video games to come. Video games have become quite popular for young girls for games such as Ms. Pacman, Duck Hunt, Sonic the Hedgehog, Grand Theft Auto as well as other video ventures that have been created so far.Along with music and other forms of entertainment, video games have become a staple for many young children and adults everywhere.
Gaming has always been known to be a man’s domain.However, women have been on the rise with gaming and development for over several years now. There are fellow coding intiatives such as Tech Girls, Black Girls Code,Girls Who Code, and Google coding programs for girls that are starting young with female programmers; there are also college programs that major in gaming such as Wilmington University, Carnegie Mellon University, Princeton University,etc. Also, the number of women who are participating are slowly started to increase at 48% as noted in the Big Fish gaming article noted at http://www.bigfishgames.com/blog/2015-global-video-game-stats-whos-playing-what-and-why/ written by Lisa Galanearu. Finally, women have been making strides in this industry as well as other facets of entertainment in a technical sense. Pretty soon, women will be the face of gaming and will serve as a contributing factor to amusement and entertainment which will serve as a win for all women everyone. Game over.
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