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HR and a Harasser

When I worked at [Large AAA studio], it was undergoing a cultural change as a result of doubling in size very rapidly. There was a very prominent, very toxic white guy (let's call him D) who was basically permanently in his position of power due to his role. He was...

F***ability ratings

Many years ago, when I was a junior developer, I worked at a studio where people would go out for drinks every Friday night. In my first year there, we hired a female developer. I sat in on meetings where my colleagues (some who were much more senior) would talk about...

It won’t be the last

Content warning: sexual assault With this recent wave of horrible harassment and abuse stories coming out, here's mine. I went to my first GDC when I was student, it was really expensive and I ended up having 2 roommates in my hostel who were also going to their first...

I got my first promotion by strongarming my company

I worked on a test team for [a large tech company] as a contractor/vendor. My test lead had been hired because he was friends with his manager, and it became pretty obvious that he wasn't really cut out for the job. He had his own office while the rest of us were on...

Entrapment

Content warning: homophobia I worked at a large company in a lab where we had a lab manager --let's call him R-- who was in charge of lab security. He would walk around and make sure people didn't eat, use their phones, etc. in the lab, and then publicly shame people...

A success story!

Late last year, I had the privilege of speaking to a group of women and people of color to encourage minorities to go into game development. A few months later, my company held a mixer/recruiting event and someone who attended my talk came to the event. We chatted...

Places to cry

As a woman working in games, there have been so many times when I've been sad and angry and frustrated at work. I don't like to show "negative" emotions in front of my teams or reports (so I'm not seen as "too emotional"), so I've found the best places to cry at work...

BLM: How to help

I've heard about companies doing a lot of different things given the current situation with racial injustice and police brutality, so I wanted to put together a list of things that might help. This list came out of a conversation with friends from different studios,...

Worse than Con Crud

I was really excited the first time I showed my game at a large convention. It had a huge attendance so I was looking forward to getting lots of eyes on my work. At the convention there was a breakout area with beanbags that you could hang out in. On the first day I...

Bodies in seats

When I started in games, I didn't know what I was doing and got a job in QA by answering one of those Craigslist ads that said, "Do you like playing video games?". I went to the interview with Company A that afternoon. My interview was about 5 minutes long and took...

My game director was high at work

He'd show up with red eyes and smelling of smoke. One time he even left the plastic tube that his prerolled joints came in on his desk where everyone could see (we had an open office). He would make decisions about the game when he was high, and then forget what he...

What’s in a name?

I am a senior developer working on a well-known AAA title. Several months ago, I was interviewed by a games journalist and I spoke to him with the agreement that I wouldn't be identified. When the interview was published, I was horrified to see that the "fake name"...

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