Female Game Designers Outnumber Men at Top Designer School

The top school for game designers in the world currently has more female students enrolled than males; major changes to gender tides incoming?

University of Southern California is considered the top most school when it comes to graduate programs for game designers, so if there is a certain trend shift at their campus, it will definitely reflect in the industry as well.

What University of Southern California is suggesting right now is that the generally male-dominated video game industry might be seeing a change in gender statistics. This is so because right now, women are outnumbering men at USC’s graduate video game design program.

And in all honesty, this is a good tiding because it has been considered a norm for a game to have a male protagonist and part of the reason for it is that most of the people designing the games are males. Tracy Fullerton, a professor and overseer of the program at USC considers the growing number of females as a move towards changing that:

We live in a culture where the first impulse is to have a male main character, to assume a male gaze on the screen. That’s got to change. Young women need characters to have as role models. It’s important. The more that games become a key medium, the more important it becomes for this to happen.

University of Southern California has been ranked number one for game designers by Princeton Review and right now, a majority of students enrolled there are looking to change how games are made. I say that because one student, Stephanie Henderson, who replicates the thoughts of many game designers at USC says “there’s not enough stuff that I would want to play.”

We predict a major shift in the video game industry’s demographics – especially those concerning the game developers – is going to come in the next few years. Do you agree?

Thanks, LA Times.

Sarmad is our Senior Editor, and is also one of the more refined and cultured among us. He's 25, a finance major, and having the time of his life writing about videogames.