Button Mash This: Women + Games

Ada Lovelace, the world's first computer programmer... no, really... well, kind of

In Toronto, The Hand Eye Society recently announced that they will be running a program called The Difference Engine Initiative. This is a free 6 week game-making workshop that is being offered exclusively to under-represented groups within the gaming community. The aim with this outreach is to broaden the types of games that are currently being created by providing new perspective from these groups to the development process. The first set of incubators will be focused on women. Thus, they have been named after Ada Lovelace, considered to be the world’s first computer programmer.

As a female adult who has played video games nearly her entire life, I’m pretty excited about this. The opportunity for any woman to participate in such a direct way will be rare but welcomed. I look forward to seeing the work that comes out of these sessions. Until then, let’s just take a look at some of my favourite ladies. Here are my Top Three Female Protagonists

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