Artists are creepy
~ Jessica Paquette
Before I get into this, I'd just like to thank everyone that was involved with organizing the Concentric gaming convention. I'd especially like to thank KANO APPS for sponsoring the UVic Game Jam. Without our sponsors we would be nothing. If you're in the Victoria area next year, you should definitely check it out because it was a blast. We'll see you lot at GottaCon!
Recently, some of my wonderful UVic GameDev members (though mostly devoid of Destructoid's own Beyamor) recorded a podcast on Art, and the goings on of the Concentric gaming convention
. The result was a fifty minute exploration into territories both lulz and cringe-worthy.
I actually had posted the podcast completely unedited to the Internet before I was aware of the #1ReasonWhy phenomenon. You may already be aware of the #1ReasonWhy hashtag represents, I'll give you this article to provide some context.
The #1ReasonWhy movement really speaks to me. I have unintentionally offended or disrespected women in the industry from my own careless words. I have organized a game development club nearly devoid of women. I have watched women come into our club, and subsequently leave. It breaks my heart.
"There's a lot of things, that if you're a woman and you want to go into it, if you have boobs... It's done. You're done. You better stop now"
I don't have too much to say on the subject of besides this:
"Creepy is a reaction to a behavior, not a behavior itself. If someone thinks you're being creepy, you are!"
I hope we can all find our own way to make women more comfortable around us while we continue to do what it is we do. At UVic GameDev we love and respect Jessica for her unique personality, her hard work, and her dedication to her art. We have so much to learn from her.
Remember - As game developers we're here to make you laugh and have a good time. But you can't make everyone happy all the time, and sometimes we will unintentionally offend people with our words and actions.
I could have strategically edited the podcast to remove any awkward areas but that sets a terrible precedent. Every action has a reaction. We have to monitor our own behavior.
The UVic GameDev Podcast is as art is - a reflection of life.
Let's just make a royal promise to do our best and talk it out. We can aspire to be build better stronger infrastructure where we are all comfortable to thrive.