Thursday, February 9, 2006---San Francisco, CA---Women in Games International, a non-profit organization in the interactive entertainment industry, today announced the addition of the Frag Dolls as speakers at their next conference, Women in Games International-San Francisco. The Frag Dolls are an all-female video game team sponsored by global game publisher Ubisoft.
Women in Games International-San Francisco, titled "Games for Women, Games by Women" is scheduled on Saturday, February 18 from 1 pm to 6 pm at the Fort Mason Conference Center in San Francisco. This conference addresses the myth that women don't "do" games by discussing statistics, game genres and careers in game development. Frag Dolls members Morgan Romine ("Rhoulette), Kat Hunter "Katscratch") Ashley Jenkins ("Jinx") and Emily ("Seppuku") are participating as speakers at the conference.
Morgan Romine, Frag Doll Team Captain and Community Manager at Ubisoft, will be speaking on the "Women Who Play" panel, joined by design luminary John Romero, Gano Haine (Limelife) Ellen Beeman (Microsoft). The panel addresses whether the female gamer is genuinely different from the male gamer when playing the same games and what really happens when women play in traditionally male game genres. This panel will focus on the different game styles and attitudes of female players, and how they influence the overall future game market.
Kat Hunter ("Katscratch"), Ashley Jenkins ("Jinx") and Emily Ong ("Seppuku") are participating as the focus of a roundtable discussions entitled "Real girls pwn the boys!" Conference attendees will meet the women of Frag Dolls, and discuss how female gamers are changing perceptions in the world of videogames.
Morgan Romine, better known as "Rhoulette" in the video game online community, offers, "The Women in Games International event is one that the Frag Dolls are proud to have been asked to participate and we look forward to learning about other women's experiences in this dynamic industry - I'm sure it's going to be both inspiring and challenging."
Romine helped found and build Ubisoft's all-girl gaming team, the Frag Dolls and as captain of the team, she serves as spokesperson, gamer, road manager, and liaison between the team and Ubisoft. Romine interacts directly with Ubisoft's core video game audience through the message boards, organizes online events such as contests and chats, and serves as a communication hub between the gaming communities and dev teams.
Other featured conference speakers include Brenley Brotman, Senior Recruiting Manager, Lucasfilm; Don Daglow, CEO, Stormfront; Sheri Hargus, CTO, Her Interactive, Mitzi McGilvray, General Manager for Casual Games, Slam Dunk Productions; Robin McShaffry, VP of Operations, Mary-Margaret.com; and many more.
Other panel topics include "Games For Women," which focuses on the games and genres that already are succeeding with female players, and how to develop and market games that appeal to the female and male audience. Another panel, "Games By Women," addresses the videogame industry's constantly changing tools, technology, and skills, as games and game systems evolve. This panel of experts will talk about the skills needed for a successful career, both now and for the future.
The Women In Games International Conference -San Francisco will be held at the Fort Mason Conference Center, Landmark Building A, located at the Presidio in San Francisco, California. Attendance is $45 for general attendees, $35 for WIGI members and $30 for students with I.D. Space is limited, so interested attendees are encouraged to secure their spot by registering online today at www.womeningamesinternational.org.
Q: About Women in Games International
The Women in Games International Conference series has been created as a forum to discuss a wide range of issues related to women in games. The half-day conference consists of an opening keynote address, panel discussions with top experts in the field, round-table discussions and a post-conference networking reception. Sponsors include 2006 series title sponsor Microsoft Game Studios, gold sponsor Microsoft Casual Games, silver sponsor Ubisoft, bronze sponsor GameInstinct and series sponsors Game Developers Conference (GDC), International Games Developers Association (IGDA), Mary-Margaret.com, Girls in Games, ThemePark Studios, WomenGamers.com and BusinessWire.
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