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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...

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...

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...

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,...

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...