“Voices: Video Games Making Strides in Technology and Diversity”

“…you don’t have to don a VR headset to witness the evolution of video game technology. Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, a PlayStation 4 release scheduled for next year, looks like an Indiana Jones flick on the big screen. Even if you weren’t holding the game controller, you wouldn’t mind watching it play out on an IMAX screen.

The same goes for countless other games including Halo 5: Guardians, Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 and Star Wars: Battlefront. (You might notice these are sequels. In the video game world, advances in technology often result in game makers wanting to return to familiar worlds to recreate them in new pristine, detailed fashion.)

Another trend in video games is that more women and girls have become players over the past decade or so. Today, females make up nearly half (44%) of those who play video games — across all platforms, from computers and consoles like PlayStations, Xboxs and Wiis to smartphones and tablets.

Several women who walked the E3 show floor with me spoke of progress when it comes to including females in a once male-dominated industry.  Many marquee titles prominently feature female characters. Lara Croft, the curvaceous tomb raider of the ’90s, looks more realistic in Rise of the Tomb Raider, coming to Xbox One later this year.  In the upcoming Bethesda Softworks epic Fallout 4, out Nov. 10, you can choose to play the entire game as a man or woman. And new in-development action games such as Recore and Horizon: Zero Dawn have female stars.

As a result of several generations of girls growing up playing electronic games, more women are working in the industry. Earlier this week, Bonnie Ross, head of Microsoft’s 343 Industries, which oversees the mega-popular Halo video game franchise, took the stage first at the Xbox pre-E3 showcase — a sign of prominence…”



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