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Posted: Feb 16th 2012 5:01PM fallwind said

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"Game Design Competition"

SWEET!

"art"

*sigh*.... we can program too you know....

Posted: Feb 16th 2012 5:07PM (Unverified) said

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SOE sucks. everyone knows all the girls are workin at ArenaNet

Posted: Feb 16th 2012 5:11PM nimzy said

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Good luck girls!

Posted: Feb 16th 2012 5:25PM Baby Choo Choo said

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Time to go all Juwanna Man on SOE...

Posted: Feb 16th 2012 5:58PM edgecrusherO0 said

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@Baby Choo Choo

I'm so happy someone else on the internet remembers that movie.
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Posted: Feb 16th 2012 5:26PM SnarlingWolf said

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Isn't it prejudice to not have competitions for guys or instead to simply have a competition for anyone to enter?

Yes, there are less female game designers/artists/developers/etc, but there are also likely thousands, if not more, guys who would also love a shot at getting into a major game company to do work.

Posted: Feb 16th 2012 5:34PM myr said

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@SnarlingWolf

Welcome to the world of scholarships, where it's nearly impossible to get one if you're the average white male.
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Posted: Feb 16th 2012 6:22PM DeadlyAccurate said

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@SnarlingWolf The purpose is to encourage more women to enter the field by bringing it to their attention. One day, hopefully, there will be no need for competitions that limit by sex or race, but look at any photo of game developers and count the ratio of men to women. I've never seen one that was even close to 1:1. The vast majority of game developers are white males. They don't need encouragement to enter the field. They're the unspoken assumption.
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Posted: Feb 16th 2012 6:33PM Drachenfel said

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Shame we have to have stupid qualifiers. I'm all for equality but this is most certainly not it. Maybe someday we'll finally figure it out....but I doubt it.
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Posted: Feb 17th 2012 5:07AM highstricker said

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@Drachenfel agreed its like the thing we have in Australia were women get first dibs on job interviews, for reasons of sexual equality.
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Posted: Feb 17th 2012 9:27AM fallwind said

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@DeadlyAccurate

10:1 is more common, 20:1 in technical positions like coding or systems design.
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Posted: Feb 16th 2012 5:59PM Everfaust said

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MMO Experience: GIRL = Guy In Real Life XD

lol, jokes aside.. this looks interesting, shame it's gotta use a trite theme of female only entries... but then this is SOE, so can't really expect much huh?

Actually, now that I think bout it.. anyone been watching "The Tester"?
everything bout that show spews non-gamer/social whore, media.

Granted this season they have a like 3 halfway intelligent people on the show, one of which being Egoraptor.. but seriously, what's with the industry always resorting to exploiting bewbs in lieu of actual skill for the trade?

In other words, don't hold back or try to reward a specific class/gender of gamer... guys and girls alike can create equally good or terribly bad game design choices :P

tl;dr ~ guys need scholarships too and girls with skill don't require a special female only contest to stand out amongst the crowd.

Posted: Feb 17th 2012 1:54AM Saucelah said

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@Everfaust Yes, guys need scholarships. I happen to be a white male, however, and I had no trouble finding them.

Stop and think about this. It's a private scholarship program that leads into a field dominated by men. How in hell would it somehow server a greater purpose by being open to anyone? While it's true that women with talent will be recognized, programs like this are the recognition. You have to completely ignore the purpose and the field to complain that this is a sign of inequality or unfairness.

And really, it just sounds kind of whiny to me.
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Posted: Feb 17th 2012 5:54AM Everfaust said

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@Saucelah ~ hmm, think you missed the point of my post entirely...

I'm not complaining that there should be *equal rights* or even that this should be open to everyone... I just find if comical that these companies resorts to bewb tactics and/or girl power!? when trying to bring people into the industry.

As you said, there are plenty of ways to get funding for schooling ~ but notice how none of those ever make the news columns.. or are even mentioned here on massively.

It takes a unique and restricted type of *contest* in order to get attention for their cause.

Personally tho.. I don't see a need for collage when it comes to gaming or even graphic design ~ sure you can use a bit of insight on how merchandicing works or the ins and outs of *trends*.. but is that really worth 40,000-70,000 dollars and a few years of your life?

I say no.. in fact, just look at some of the best artists/animators in the industry ~ or even the ones that got mad popular by learning on their own time and making something for fun...

Monty Oum: Haloid, Dead Fantasy.
Elu, Guinsoo and IceFrog: DOTA, DOTA 2, League of Legends.

For me, I'm a highschool drop out and I'm more then capable of paying for my 2 cars and keeping a roof over my head as free lance animator...

Hell, I'm even learning the torque gaming engine in the hopes of producing my own game later next year.

If interested, I'll be starting to upload tutorials on modeling, texturing, rigging, animation and rendering here in the coming weeks.

My goal is to present a 2nd source/option for people who either can't afford collage or are still in middle/high school and wanna get a head start.

I'll also be uploading a dev diary of my trial and error's over the next year or so while making my game.

So, feel free ta check it out: www.youtube.com/user/RequiemsVoid

First video will be uploaded this Weekend, will be covering base mesh creation using zspheres into a high polycount model.
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Posted: Feb 16th 2012 6:14PM laelgon said

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Man, I meet all of those requirements except I lack the required reproductive organs. I would love to see companies provide scholarships to qualified white males. I got to WPI, an engineering/science school, and there are basically zero scholarships for white males, but close to a hundred for women/anyonewhoisn'twhite. It's discrimination I say, discrimination!

Posted: Feb 17th 2012 9:31AM fallwind said

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@laelgon there are, it's called life... that thing where 90-95% of all game developers are male, if you needed help getting into the industry that number would be slightly lower.

If you want scholarships for white males, go into gbyn nursing or professional figureskating.
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Posted: Feb 17th 2012 10:12AM fallwind said

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@fallwind *obgyn

gods I hate this new keyboard.
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Posted: Feb 17th 2012 1:18AM myr said

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@corpusc

Pretty sure you's trollin', but I'll bite anyway, because this is something I'll argue with anyone all day about.

I'm 100% for all the women and minorities fighting for equal rights.

I am not, however, for anything that gives any one group an advantage. Any education you get should be 100% about ability, 0% about what you are. This includes skin pigmentation and reproductive organs.

Unfortunately that's not how the system is set up right now. Things like this scholarship from SOE just make it worse.

Anyone who's truly for EQUAL rights would be against this as well, by definition. Scholarship money given to women only is not equal.

Posted: Feb 17th 2012 6:14AM corpusc said

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right on @Saucelah

so sick of hearing white males whining about being so excluded from things (and again, i'm a white male).
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Posted: Feb 17th 2012 5:56AM Everfaust said

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@Everfaust ~ wtf... I didn't put this here o.O
can a mod remove this duplicate comment above plz?
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