November 6th, 2013 by Rafael Johns I consider myself a gamer with reasonable intelligence about Microsoft's platforms, given that I've played quite a lot of Xbox 360 games. So getting the chance to attend the Xbox One launch event was too much to resist, especially if it meant being surrounded by game developers, specialists, and press.
Can videogames be a force for good? On the next Your Call we'll look at the ways video games are being used to educate and enlighten – and how those efforts relate to the $65 billion gaming industry. What’s the social responsibility of game companies? What can be changed in terms of equality and fair representation in the gaming world? What have you gained from gaming and what would like to see in the future?
By some estimates, the video game industry today is worth more than $100 billion. It’s a male dominated industry: the most recent study found that the people who work in gaming are nearly ninety percent male. They’re paid much more, and they’ve created a culture that’s not very friendly to women. To learn more about the gaming industry gender gap, KALW’s Martina Castro sat down with Tasneem Raja, the interactive editor at Mother Jones. They talked about the role of women the video game industry, the subject of a recent article by Raja.