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I don’t want to go back

I work for a AAA studio and I've been lucky enough to have kept a job as a game developer the last few months while we've been in lockdown due to COVID-19. Apart from a few times early on in working from home (e.g. to get stuff from my desk etc.), I haven't been...

“That was fucking rude”

A few years ago, I (a woman of color dev) was at the GDC speaker party with a (female) friend who worked at [AAA studio]. While we were talking on the floor, we were approached by a guy who very visibly looked us up and down, saw where my friend worked, and then...

Speak up!!

I am the only woman on my team (there are 7 of us). Once, we were all in a meeting and our boss (G) was unhappy about a feature we were working on. G went around the room and gave us what he thought was "feedback" on our work, a few of the other men replied and it...

Zit juice

Content warning: bodily fluids, bodily functions When I worked in a test lab, we sat in groups of 6 where there were 3 seats with their backs to another 3 seats. There was a guy that sat behind me at work. He had really bad skin, like lots of acne. One time I was...

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,...

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