This is the blog of Kaye Elling (recently appointed Lecturer in Computer Games at Bradford University, and games inudstry survivor), and will cover my thoughts and musings on games, the industry, gaming, games education, women in games, geeky pursuits and other things beginning with the letter G.
Do you want to know more? See below for my semi-complete bio:
Kaye teaches game graphics and design at undergraduate and post graduate level at the University of Bradford, as well as actively campaigning for the recruitment of more women into technology and media careers.
Kaye has over twelve years of experience in the games industry and has worked on a diverse range of titles from Colony Wars: Red Sun and the Premier Manager series to her recent work on the Bratz series where she was listed by edge-online as one of the most influential women in games of 2007, and ranked #61 on their Top 100 game developers too (beating Sid Meier by one place, something which she will no doubt use as her Epitaph). She has worked for companies such as Gremlin, Infogrames, Sony, Acclaim and Blitz Games Studios on just about every major platform (except for the PS3), which accounts for much of her current cynicism in life.
Kaye has a passionate interest in the portrayal of women in computer games, is on the Women In Games steering committee and has spoken on various occasions on the subject of gender inclusive game design and on careers in media with the specific aim of encouraging women to consider careers in the games industry. Kaye is very excited about the idea of introducing and including young girls to technology and media through games such as Bratz and in informing female – and in fact all – students about the options available in the media world for what she believes is “…a viable, appealing and sustainable career choice.” Although she’s probably regretting that last quote.