That may not be the most difficult task, since it always feels to me like there are only a few dozen women involved directly in the production of major video games; a lot more of us work on the outskirts in educational games, online community stuff, or casual games.(If you’re me, all three.) But Raymond’s latest work is right in the thick of things.
It wouldn’t be a surprising move for videogame PR in general, but you know what?
As a producer, it’s part of her job to talk about her game in the press, representing the whole team that’s making it. I’m not going to link to the comic, because Ubisoft has been doing its best to scour it from the web–a futile task, since in the immortal words of Joe Garelli, “you can’t take something off the internet, it’s like trying to take pee out of a pool.” Unfortunately, it’s not hard to find the comic online, despite a number of site administrators who have been vigorously deleting links. Raymond is shown in a green-and-white striped bikini, just like in the The comic then shows a bunch of mouth-breathing fanboys masturbating to her, (as described above).
She speaks perfectly well about technical and gameplay issues; it’s just that half of the male audience seems to be too busy staring at her chest to notice. not all male gamers are mouth-breathing lunks, that’s another stereotype I’d like to see go away.) Or if they do hear what she said, it registers as “pretty girl said something smart… Then, for the rest of the comic, she performs oral sex on them so that they’ll buy her game. All I could think when I saw this was “way to go, assholes.” Sadly, it wasn’t a poorly drawn doodle by a talentless teenager: it was a pro-quality web comic done by someone experienced.
That’s basically all she did to deserve the pornographic comics about her that surfaced on the net last week.
That’s a recap of most of the problem, right there.
I work in video games as well, and although my company is less testosterone-fueled than most, I can still tell you that it’s far from the most welcoming industry for women. I’m Holly, and I’m back for a bit more guest blogging.) This weekend I ran into some more of the iceberg.It’s not just the usual double binds that plague successful women; this is the industry where major games still feature collectible porn cards for bedding as many women as possible. I’ve known of Raymond for a while–there aren’t that many other Eurasian women game producers around–and now she’s become one of the most well-known women in video games.She’ll be making an appearance at the flagship HMV store on Oxford Street on Saturday afternoon to promote some game about assassins doing some sort of thing, possibly killing that band that sang the “Can You Take Me Higher” song. Fahey knows this is creepy, and the tone is tongue-in-cheek, but guess what? And still creepy, especially when you add it to the fact that even the print media has persisted in calling her “the beautiful female game producer” and focusing on her looks, far more than they ever would for a gorgeous male game developer. A couple weeks ago, a rumor started circulating that Raymond was posing for the December issue of “so my friend is working as an intern editor at maxim and he says that jade will grace the cover of december’s issue which will feature “girls of gaming”!The press release says something about showcasing new levels from the latest version of the game, but that’s neither here nor there. Blog posts about her game feature her comparing the texture rendering capabilities of seventh-generation consoles and then slap a giant picture of her on the top, instead of say… Every post and every message board thread about her has been studded with darling, mouth-breathing comments about how various dudes would do her, or are masturbating to her, or wish they had a hot gamer girlfriend like Jade. she will also have her own spread showing her in a green an white striped bikini in an exotic local (montreal). ” Raymond and Ubisoft PR quickly quashed the rumor, but apparently she was offended by the whole thing.I’m personally hoping she announces a new game where you just move the camera around a 3D model of her person for hours at a time. it will also feature other hot women in the gaming industry as well as competitive gaming. Wow, maybe she’d rather people focus on her work and her games, instead of making her out to be a swimsuit model? Apparently, a lot of people believed the rumor and started complaining about how Ubisoft was using her as a pretty face to promote the game.I’ve complained about Ubisoft before–the horrifically packaged line of “Imagine” games for girls, the Frag Dolls.