The culture of computer games is perceived by many as predominantly male, but did you know that world’s first eSports champion was a woman? And that some of the first and most popular computer games were developed by women? DIKU’s Professor Pernille Bjørn aims to rewrite the history of gaming by including hidden stories about women’s important contributions. Article on DIKUNews.
Did you know that only around 15% of Wikipedia editors are women? Or that biographies on the encyclopedia tend to focus on different topics, depending on the gender of the person? Learn more in the DIKU Virtual Wiki Edit-a-thon and be part of the change!
To celebrate the international women day on Sunday March 8th 2020, Professor Pernille Bjørn was invited by Techtopia Henrik Føhns to talk about Atariwomen. The program will be on Radio4, Sunday March 8th 2020, 13:05 and is also available as a podcast on Techtopia afterwards.
In December 2019, AtariWomen was presented as part of the colloquium series at Indiana University introduced by Nathan Esmenger (the author of the famous book “The Computer Boys take over”). It was a great experience. Organised by Christina Chung.
“In 1980, when Computer Science was a young discipline, my MIT software class was about 1/3 female, which might have been Peak Female for that department. After that, women tended to infiltrate the traditional white-shirt-and-pocket-protector ranks of the long-established engineering disciplines… and men went into software” (Noelie Alito, Atari game developer).
Interview quote from written interview with Noelie Alito conducted by Rob Wanenchak, AtariSpot
Rob Wanenchak discovered a ‘personalised’ Moon Patrol Atari Game Cartridge: Zorfon signed by Atari Woman Noelie Alito. These personalised games was a ‘christmas gifts’ from developers to their families. In this rare interview Noelie Alito answers a few questions about her education from MIT and her work on Atari Games.
Martine Mussies is a PhD candidate at Utrecht University and a piano performer. For Atari Women Martine have recorded a classical medley of Atari woman Patricia Goodson’s original music for Desert Falcon, Junior PacMan and Food Fight – Hear the music!