Happy Labor Day

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Happy Labor Day Everyone!

But what is Labor Day, besides a day off of work to hang out with family and friends, playing video games and BBQ-ing?

The United States Department of Labor states:

Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.

The basic idea is that our country celebrates all people who work and support our country’s economy, which, in the long run makes our dollar what it’s worth. Without people to work, we would lose our economy, education systems, shopping, gas stations, and so much more. I know I wouldn’t know what to do if I couldn’t buy and play video games. My lifestyle would end as I know and become apocalyptic. Hah.

Labor Day for Me

Anyways, in the beginning, it was just men who worked. But then, many of our men had to go off to war to defend our country and the moral rights of men and women in other countries. So, women started working in factories and became a part of the workforce.

I will say, I am very thankful for those men and women, because if I couldn’t work and had to be a house wife, my family might starve. Hah!

Just kidding, but honestly, I hate spending time cooking, since I would rather be working on developing my game.

Why Rosie for My Labor Day Image

I decided to make this graphic, because there has been a lot of issues with men and women, boys and girls getting along nicely in today’s indie game development scene.

We live in a day and age where there is no reason we can’t all work together and get along. You boys out there shouldn’t be afraid of girls working with you, and you girls shouldn’t be afraid of the boys.

We are all here, making video games, because of our love and passion for them. Whether it’s to tell a story, make some interactive art, express yourself, or for the love of code, you’re all here to make games.

Right now, the game development scene, both indie and AAA, contains a lot more boys and men than girls and women. There’s no one right answer to balance the scales, but in my experience, once girls get into about high school age, the choice of video games available for their tastes are few and the marketing for video games is generally geared towards and men’s tastes.

I hope that moving forward, more women will join the game development community, and give into the field for more opportunities for girls and women to enjoy games, both as a developer and a consumer. I also hope to be a part of that change, no matter how big or small.

 

Anyways, Happy Labor Day! Game on lads and lasses!

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