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Video: #1ReasonToBe panel inspires standing ovation at GDC 2014
April 7, 2014 | By GDC Staff

The ever-popular #1ReasonToBe GDC panel, inspired by the #1ReasonWhy and #1ReasonToBe hashtagged discussions that erupted across social media in 2013, is a rapid, fun microtalk-style celebration and exploration of how the game industry treats with gender and why alternative voices matter.

The panel returned to GDC 2014 earlier this year, where each panelist shared their experience, its highs and lows, and explored their vision for a future industry that is inclusive for all. The panel was hosted by industry veterans Brenda Romero and Leigh Alexander, and panelists include Anna Kipnis, Colleen Macklin, Deirdra "Squinky" Kiai, Laralyn McWilliams and Lauren Scott.

The free video of '#1ReasonToBe: A Celebration of Diversity in the Industry' is now available to watch here on the GDC Vault.

About the GDC Vault

In addition to this presentation, the GDC Vault offers numerous other free videos, audio recordings, and slides from many of the recent Game Developers Conference events, and the service offers even more members-only content for GDC Vault subscribers.

Those who purchased All Access passes to recent events like GDC, GDC Europe, and GDC Next already have full access to GDC Vault, and interested parties can apply for the individual subscription via a GDC Vault subscription page. Group subscriptions are also available: game-related schools and development studios who sign up for GDC Vault Studio Subscriptions can receive access for their entire office or company by contacting staff via the GDC Vault group subscription page. Finally, current subscribers with access issues can contact GDC Vault technical support.

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Ian Griffiths
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Am I the only one tired of being called a 'hetero-normative male' as though I have no personality and by default lack the ability to empathise with others?

I didn't choose to be in my demographic anymore than anyone else. And by no means should merely existing in that demographic imply that I am in support of the status quo, nothing could be further from the truth. I feel like, as a man, that I am being societally punished by this constant criticism of males in the industry; punished for the biases of the older generations; punished for sexism in society at large; punished for failures in education pushing girls and women towards design and technology in general. I can say that I'm genuinely not a part of this 'movement' against women. I have no micro-aggression, I don't subconsciously discriminate, I don't judge peoples' work by their gender - only by its quality.

It's right that we all call out inappropriate behaviour towards people based on their gender on a case by case basis, or where it occurs on a systematic or institutional basis. However, it's important to avoid blaming all men in the industry as though they are equally culpable. Starting a conversation by blaming men is not going to do much to engage with them, it's more likely to be met with resigned apathy. What's needed is to involve men and get them onboard with a concerted effort to tackling sexism and attitudes towards women's dignity, pay, opportunities and needs in the industry.

Jed Hubic
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It's easier to fight the machine when it doesn't have a face staring back at you.

John Trauger
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I am glad that I'm not the only one feeling like I have an accusing finger pointing at me.

Fortunately most of the speakers were positive, go-women, not anti-men.

One speaker made the point that if you linger in the anger and frustration you are hurting yourself.

True for all of us.