Changing cultures

I’ve been to a couple of tech-ish conferences lately where the ratio of women to men among attendees seemed to be better than average, which is to say that “laughably low” is better than “rarer than unicorns.”

Robin Yang dispels six myths that keep female speakers out of game conferences.

Jez Humble outlines the principles that led to women being 10 out of 24 speakers at a DevOps conference.

The band CVRCHES has only been around for a couple of years, and frontwoman Lauren Mayberry still sifts through the band’s messages herself. She doesn’t think that the unending stream of misogynist abuse that she receives is a healthy norm.

What I do not accept, however, is that it is all right for people to make comments ranging from "a bit sexist but generally harmless" to openly sexually aggressive. That it is something that "just happens". Is the casual objectification of women so commonplace that we should all just suck it up, roll over and accept defeat? I hope not. Objectification, whatever its form, is not something anyone should have to "just deal with".

Ian Bogost doesn’t love Gone Home as much as everyone else. But maybe it’s good enough to get by?

Then again, what if Gone Home teaches us that videogames need only grow up enough to meet the expectations other narrative media have reset in the meantime? After all, we’re living in an age in which the literary mainstream is dominated by young adult fiction anyway. Adults read series like Harry Potter and Twilight and The Hunger Games with unabashed glee. Comic book film adaptations have overtaken the cinema. What if games haven’t failed to mature so much as all other media have degenerated, such that the model of the young adult novel is really the highest (and most commercially viable) success one can achieve in narrative?

Alex Wong writes on basketball, team culture, organizational psychology, and trying to quantify team chemistry.

And of course, in one of the first drills at training camp this week, Garnett was heard yelling to his teammates that if “you cheat the drill, you cheat yourself.” His new teammates are already taking notice, Deron Williams — the leader of this team, maybe only in terms of talent was asked about the new group that’s congregated at Nets camp, and was not shy about pointing out the change from a year ago: "I don’t want to say night and day from last year, but it’s just a different feeling."

Today’s eye candy: “Forest” from Designers Apartment: