Silicon Sisters: Getting girls playing games · 1 February 2012, 10:00
Your daughter’s in dance and music, she does yoga three nights, and on weekends she plays soccer. But if you really want her to get ahead, get her playing video games. “You do your children a disservice, particularly your girls, if you don’t,” insists Kirsten Forbes, 50, a game designer who spent more than a decade at local software firm Radical Entertainment working on franchises like CSI and Crash Bandicoot. “In this day and age, every possible career option requires some degree of expertise with computers.” You can’t even be an artist without computational skills, Forbes notes, and if girls aren’t playing games when they’re young, “there’s no way they’re using software and programs to do anything more sophisticated than that” by the time they enter the job market.
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