I got a notification from tumblr the other day that this blog is now two years old. I remember the initial flurry of setting it up amid the excitement of the Difference Engine Initiative, wanting someplace to house Adeline’s Elopement, my first game, and talk about how and why I made it.
I had a feeling back then that my life was about to change, but I didn’t know quite how much. In the last two years…
Dames Making Games Toronto was founded roughly two years ago and has run three multi-week game-making programs, a workshop series, 19 speaker socials, three popular game jams, and a two-weekend “short program,” with some amazing results.
I’ve made six small video games on my own and collaborated on several more. I’ve learned how to use a host of game-making tools and hope to be able to teach them to others.
I’ve given talks and spoken on panels at GameON, Feminists in Games, GRAND, FanExpo, DigiFest, and the Global Game Jam Arcade in Toronto. I’m about to add IndieCade to the list. DMG itself has been covered in the Globe and Mail, NOW Magazine, Comics and Gaming Monthly, InnerSPACE, and the Canadian Press.
The most incredible thing of all has been seeing how many women around me have started making their own games and finding their voices after participating in a DMG program. I really believe that Jennie and I have built something special in Toronto.