There gaming industry does a lot of things very well, but one thing many people, including myself, would like to see it do better is empower more women to serve in leadership positions, like the Executive Producer role 343 Industries’ Kiki Wolfkill is currently in. She has been a mainstay on the Xbox stage for a few years and is a face many people recognize with Halo, one of the industry’s biggest franchises.
As you speak to many folks within the gaming industry though, diversity still has a long ways to go, especially when you see the individuals who present on behalf of games and companies at large trade shows like E3. In an interview with GamesRadar, Xbox boss Phil Spencer talked about diversity in gaming and how it can still be improved.
“We have a lot of work to do as an industry in this space, but in this case, we’re talking female leaders that are authentic. Whether it’s Kiki Wolfkill [from 343 Industries] or Lydia from Mojang, we bring people out and they represent the game as well as anybody. We don’t have to say, ‘OK, let’s find somebody in the Halo team that’s a woman to put on stage’ – you pick the leader of the Halo team! I was incredibly proud of the way that diversity showed up, but I think as an industry we have more work to do, and we’re committed to that,” Spencer said.
It’s always good to hear an acknowledgment of something like this when it is quite evident already. Gaming has been a male driven industry for years, but the more we can have female voices and leaders like Kiki, the more well-rounded our industry will ultimately be in the long-run.
Switching subjects, remasters are a major trend in the industry right now. Say what you want about remasters, but one thing they always provide is a service to gamers who haven’t experienced a franchise before, and they do so in an often times beautiful fashion. Rare Replay is upcoming for release in the next week, though it’s not a remaster, and Spencer used it as an example of how these sorts of collections provide historical context for our industry.
“With Rare Replay, we were able to take the history of Rare and put it on disc for Xbox One, and I think letting gamers understand the art form and how it’s progressed and getting to experience those things is critical for our industry.In the past, Xbox has had quite a traditional video game image – all sports, broad shoulders and guns,” Spencer said.
Rare Replay will be launching this coming Tuesday on Xbox One and will be the first of an upcoming season of exclusive Xbox One games that include Gears of War: Ultimate Edition, Forza Motorsport 6, Halo 5: Guardians and Rise of the Tomb Raider. We’ll have a lot more regarding these titles as each launch approaches.