Josie Fraser notes the degree in game design at the University of Derby that received 102 applications – every last one from a man. She writes:
[I]t’s a national issue that needs to be addressed nationally, as well as consistently, starting with 5 year old kids. And we also need to address this constant type-casting of girls and women as interested in fundamentally different types of games than boys. The insistence that women only like nurturing, co-operative non-violent titles is an old chestnut that turns up again and again in these kind of articles and is probably more about reinforcing gender stereotypes than who actually plays what and when and why.
this does not surprise me, but it does interest me… not for the question of ‘why’ but for ‘why not’, not because i’m against anything, but i’m curious as to the construction of necessity in these arenas. given that some of the best people that i know in video game studies are women, why is it surprising that there are programs that have no women? i certainly wouldn’t go to the university of derby when i could go someplace more supportive.