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Posted: Mar 29th 2009 12:01AM (Unverified) said

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yea seriously

Posted: Mar 29th 2009 12:42AM (Unverified) said

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The 3 girls that are wanting to persue this type of life, I say good luck to you. Billions of males can only have dream of such a thing.

Posted: Mar 29th 2009 2:01AM (Unverified) said

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Girls are a race now?

Posted: Mar 29th 2009 3:01AM (Unverified) said

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yes, they are a race! wtf you smoking?

Posted: Mar 29th 2009 5:26AM Russell Clarke said

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Chump

Posted: Mar 29th 2009 6:11AM Krystalle Voecks said

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Spamming is a good way to receive a permanent ban across any/all accounts.

Posted: Mar 29th 2009 6:45AM (Unverified) said

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Positive discrimination strikes again. Why not just have an open scholarship application where anyone can apply, and information about age, race, sex, religion, etc are not requested on the application. Wouldn't that be better than positive discrimination?

Posted: Mar 29th 2009 10:43AM (Unverified) said

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Its simply a matter of attracting a gender that isn't very prominent in the industry.

I wish this sort of thing was around back when I went into college.... 10 years ago, women in gaming wasn't even considered..... in my class of over 100, there were THREE girls.
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Posted: Mar 29th 2009 1:23PM (Unverified) said

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"Wouldn't that be better than positive discrimination?"

Did anyone even click through and read about the program? The "scholarship was created ... to encourage students toward career paths in the creative and applied arts, with the ultimate goal of developing video games that are more interesting for women to play."

As far as I can tell, it *isn't* closed to men, which I'm pretty sure would be against disrimination laws and illegal. The 'Who is Eligible' section of the site doesn't mention sex at all. It's certainly *marketed* towards woman (given the scholarship name and ultimate goal) which makes it a type of positive action.

Sheesh.
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Posted: Mar 29th 2009 12:19PM (Unverified) said

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...because it's not at all intimidating for girls to try to get into a predominantly male-run industry. I see the encouragement is a positive thing. It goes to show girls that they can pursue a career in game development and that there *are* people out there that will support them in doing so. Gaming has been a mens club of sorts. Hell, back in the day while I was playing Tribes 2 I learned very quickly that while voice chat was a convenient strategy tool, it meant I became the primary target of a handful of players on any particular server. Guys would literally switch teams to kill me. Others would just chide me, curse at me, tell me to go play with makeup, get off their server, etc. This trend has continued even up to my current MMOs. Discrimination? Might want to look someplace else to point the finger. I personally can't blame S.O.E for wanting to breach a demographic that has previously been largely out of their grasp.

Posted: Mar 29th 2009 2:21PM Evy said

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I wish this kind of scholarship were available when I was in school. I think it's great. Game design is a very male-dominated industry. About two years ago I had an interview with the lead designer of an upcoming MMORPG who was desperately seeking female input for his design team. They were specifically looking for female game designers because they are still so hard to find!

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