Girls Make Games, ¿Pueden las mujeres hacer videojuegos?

Girls Make Games, ¿Pueden las mujeres hacer videojuegos?

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Mujeres, chicas, y niñas del mundo gamer ¿Alguna vez han escuchado esto?:

nogirls“No, tú no, porque eres niña”

“Los videojuegos son para hombres, no para nenas”

“Este juego es para niños, mejor vete a jugar con tus muñecas”

“¡Dame el control, niña; no sabes lo que haces!”

Así como cualquier otra actividad siempre se ha considerado que la mujeres son inferiores que los hombres y que cualquier cosa que hagan “ellas” será siempre mejor hecho por “ellos” y no podría estar más en desacuerdo. En lo particular mi familia siempre ha sido, digamos, “feminista”; y lo escribo entre comillas porque a lo que me refiero es que desde tiempos de mi abuela, ella, era quién daba primer lugar a sus hijas antes que a sus hijos, mi madre tomo la batuta y siempre me ha demostrado la fortaleza de una mujer: así crecí pensando que la mujer en realidad en mejor que el hombre y merece mi mayor respeto. De pequeño nunca me dijeron algo como “pareces niña” o “lo haces como niña”, pero de haberlo escuchado nunca hubiera entendido el “insulto” detrás de ello. Fue conforme crecía que empecé a entender el significado, algunas veces justificado, otras muchas sin serlo.

¿Quién empezó esa idea tan ridícula? ¿Dónde hay evidencias tangibles de que en realidad “nosotros” seamos mejores que “ellas”? Si bien existen diferencias marcadas genética y fisiológicamente que nos permiten ser buenos en algo y malos en otras cosas ¿por qué se se menciona una diferencia tan marcada cuando se trata de comparar géneros?

Ideologías, tradiciones, costumbres, reglas… Estas pueden ser algunas respuestas, pero ¿acaso son válidas? En la actualidad, ya no lo son; casi todas las actividades que antes eran exclusivas de los hombres ahora son desempeñadas también por las mujeres y ¿por qué? Simplemente porque las mujeres saben realizar el trabajo de manera eficiente y en varias ocasiones mejor que los hombres, por eso.

niersf25Esta tendencia también se ve reflejada en la industria de los videojuegos, aquí ya con una mentalidad más “madura” pensé que nunca encontraría una mujer que jugara videojuegos más allá de su niñez y ¡oh, que agradable sorpresa!… las encontré. Una recientemente tuve la fortuna de ayudarla a conseguir un juego para PS3: Nier, la novia de un amigo y su hermana y otra que en mi vida hubiera jurado que juega; y TODAS ellas son tituladas, la mayoría de ellas tiene un trabajo estable y en el caso de esta última no sólo fue y compró su Edición de coleccionista del 25° Aniversario de Street Fighter, ella tiene su propia banda de Metal, es profesora de Alemán (Ja, Sie spricht Deutsch!), es coordinadora de Inglés (Yep, English too!) en una escuela del Politécnico a nivel Superior y trabaja en el Aeropuerto Internacional Benito Juárez de la Ciudad de México…. Díganme, ¿acaso las mujeres son inferiores?

porcentajesDe acuerdo con la Asociación de Software de Entretenimiento (ESA, por sus siglas en inglés) el 47% de total de gamers son LAS gamers y pasando esta barrera de ser gamers ¿cuántas mujeres involucradas en el desarrollo de videojuegos han visto o han escuchado de ellas? No muchas, ¿cierto? Pues poco a poco han entrado al negocio y obviamente será cuestión de tiempo para que el marcador se empareje porque por el momento sólo el 12% de ellas está relacionada con el desarrollo de juegos.

learndistrict gmg_logoEste número puede ir creciendo gracias a la iniciativa de LearnDistrict, un estudio de juegos educativos indies que se encuentra en San Jose, California. Este estudio tiene un programa llamado “Girls Make Games” (Las chicas hacen juegos); el programa consiste en una serie de campamentos de verano talleres y reuniones de juegos a nivel internacional diseñado para alentar a las niñas a explorar el mundo de los videojuegos.

photo-mainActualmente hay un proyecto en Kickstarter de este programa, el juego se llama “The Hole Story” el cual es un juego de palabras entre “hole” y “whole”, “hoyo” y “completo”, así que la traducción sería “La Historia del Hoyo” o “La Historia Completa”.

El juego nos cuenta la historia de Wendy, que en su afán de convertirse en una arqueóloga estuvo cavando en patio trasero de su casa y viajó en el tiempo hacia una nueva y extraña tierra. Para poder regresar a su casa deberá encontrar a la princesa Alonna y su mejor arma a través de los distintos acertijos será su útil y confiable… ¡pala!

Cómo ven la historia suena bastante extraña pero genera una gran curiosidad porque si recuerdan en un juego de The Legend of Zelda, podemos usar una pala como arma y ¡es bastante divertido!

El proyecto en Kickstarter necesitaba 10,000 USD para poderse llevar a cabo y ya rebasó esa meta con 19 días para poder juntar aún más dinero. El programa de Girls Make Games y obviamente este juego cuentan con el apoyo de patrocinadores como Google Play, MIT, Double Fine, Indie Box, entre otros, por lo que está garantizado que habrá una buena calidad en el juego.

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Otro aspecto importante es que el grupo de niñas que desarrolla este juego, “The Negatives” (Las Negativas) cuenta con edades entre 10 y 16 años por lo que seguramente podremos ver una gran creatividad y cosas bastante interesantes en este título.

Podemos decir entonces que cuando las cosas se hacen #ComoNiña, las cosas se hacen bien, así cómo lo muestra esta iniciativa de la marca Always.

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Para más información sobre los programas y el proyecto en Kickstarter pueden dar clic sobre los botones:

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