Today we got a healthy dose of next-gen information, delivered to us by a bevy of excited, breathless developers and publishers. Here's the thing: not a single one of the presenters at the PlayStation 4 event were women, and people noticed.
It's not something folks are happy about, either.
This is a french Vita ad, which we covered before.
Yo Sony. 100% record on white dudes on stage for the #PS4 announcement! There was a woman being attacked by a black guy in a vid tho.— Tiemachine (@Tiemachine) February 21, 2013
To contextualize the next couple of tweets: Elizabeth retweeted Leena's tweet about no women presenters, and because of that, started talking about what she was going to do in response to the event.
Literally going to buy a Wii U out of spite for Playstation next payday. I'm going to fight sexism by buying from competitors now.— Elizabeth DeLoria(@elizabethdanger) February 21, 2013
Seriously, if Playstation does something sexist, I'm buying Nintendo. If EA does something sexist, I'll buy Activision.— Elizabeth DeLoria(@elizabethdanger) February 21, 2013
So no PS4 console or women on stage during the event. Also the event is over.— Cody Winn (@codywinn) February 21, 2013
ＮＯＴ Ａ ＳＩＮＧＬＥ ＦＥＭＡＬＥ ＳＰＥＡＫＥＲ ＡＴ ＨＩＧＨＬＹ ＡＮＴＩＣＩＰＡＴＥＤ ＰＳ4 ＥＶＥＮＴ— sexual donut (@hentaiphd) February 21, 2013
'a glimpse in to the future of play' where everyone will finally listen to sony when they say that women are icky— Arcade (@textinct) February 21, 2013
Interesting to note: There were no women on stage at Sony's PlayStation 4 conference. #1reasonwhy— Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) February 21, 2013
@jasonbellinger She was not on stage. It was recorded.— Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) February 21, 2013
No women at the two hour Sony Playstation 4 announcement. Sad state of gaming. #PlayStation4— Kate Falanga (@MightySquid) February 21, 2013
Getting women in games development is a noted problem in the industry, but the last year has seen a rise in conversation when it comes to gender and sexism in this industry. People will notice if, like today, there are no women presenters at your event.
The question is whether or not that will change. I admittedly didn't even notice there weren't women presenters until someone else mentioned it, which probably says something about how used to situations like this we all are. Some won't even bat an eyelash.
As a side note: the picture above shows some guys from Bungie, who you might remember because they looked super uncomfortable as they refused to raise their hands during their presentation (or because of Destiny, sure!)