GameLoading: Zoe Quinn Speaks Out About Harassment

Zoe Quinn, Cat Small, Phoenix Perry, and Nina Freeman talk to GameLoading about the personal struggles they faced with harassment entering a male dominated field.
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GameLoading: Rise of the Indies is a documentary currently going through it’s final push on Kickstarter. The documentary focuses on the rise of indie development in recent years, by following a wide variety of developers and industry figures through several events and other organizations. 

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The above video is a featurette focused on women in-game development and the harassment several of them faced over the years. The segment includes portions of interviews with Cat Small, Zoe Quinn, Nina Freeman, and Phoenix Perry. 

As one of the producers, Jess O’Farrell wrote: “The interviews were shot between March and May 2014, showing that hostility towards women is not a new phenomenon.” 

The developers talk about facing harassment over being a person of color, about people reacting because they were making “different” games, and about being perceived as a girlfriend rather than a developer. 

GameLoading: Rise of the Indies is currently doing a “final push” Kickstarter.

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