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Women considered better coders – but only if they hide their gender

…code written by women was in fact more likely to be approved by their peers than code written by men. But that wasn’t the end of the story: this only proved true as long as their peers didn’t realise the code had been written by a woman. “Our results suggest that although women on GitHub […]
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Strong Female Characters: Rarely Strong, Barely Characters

When Dan O’Bannon was writing the script for Alien, he wrote the character of Ripley to be strong and complex. He also originally imagined Ripley being male. When no actor was found who could portray the character as O’Bannon had imagined, Casting Director Mary Selway brought them a woman who had every quality they were […]
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“Inside the research that could change the perception of kids, gaming and gender…”

“That means Wiseman’s study, even as a hastily done convenience sample, is still important. These kinds of questions weren’t being asked of this population before, and now they are. And researchers like Patchin have reason to take them further.To Burch, the findings are more than just the first steps on the way to better research. […]
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“…making a choice”: #ViktoriaModesta

[Waits for Lada Gaga to embark upon a derivative self-dismemberment/prosthetic encrusting deal in order to gain new cultural traction.] . [Also: totally enjoyed the creepy “Dead Ringers” hat-tip at the beginning of the clip. Cronenberg would be so proud.] .
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Watch “Playing As A Female Character” [+ Added Bonus Pluto Reflections]

Watching this insightful #PAXAus2014 yak-session that focused on gender disparities in games [and game development] has prompted the following brief reflection on Pluto, our in-production transmedia project co-produced with Dreaming Methods. What stuck in my noggin when watching the above was the section where these switched-on PAX panelists discuss just how – when given a […]