As I mentioned in my last post, every week in March I will celebrate a great woman in gaming. This week’s wonder woman is Brenda Brathwaite.
Brenda Brathwaite was born in 1966 (yeah, count it! And y’all thought women in gaming was recent!) and is a game designer and developer. She was born in New York and graduated from Clarkson University. Her resume is QUITE impressive, as she has worked on a ton of games and has won a ton of awards as well! She is also a regular speaker at universities and conferences.
Check below for more interesting factoids!
Advisory Group – Smithsonian Museum, Art of Video Games Exhibition
- Board of Advisors – Game Developer Magazine
- Board of Advisors – International Center for the History of Electronic Games at the Strong Museum of Play
- Board of Advisors – Fantastic Fest Film Festival Arcade
- Creative Director – LOLapps, Inc.
Games she worked on:
- Def Jam: Icon
- Playboy: The Mansion
- Dungeons & Dragons: Heroes
- Wizardry series
- The Mechanic is the Message (non-digital games…very cool!)
- Jagged Alliance series
- Realms of Arkania
- Game design
- Level design
- System design
- Manual and Documentation (sometimes)
- Started as a tester…ended up as a lead designer.
- Research for Playboy game ended up getting published in the book Sex in Video Games.
- Known as the woman with the longest continuous service in video game development.
- Named one of 100 Most Influential Women in the Gaming Industry by Next Generation Magazine.
- Listed as a “New Radical,” one of the fifty artists, actors, authors etc. who are making the world a more stimulating place by Nerve Magazine.
- Has served as a Chair of the Savannah College of Art and Design’s Interactive Design and Game Development department.
- She and her boo worked together on Ravenwood Fair.
- She is a mommy. 🙂
For more great women in gamer history, check out this great blog post from a couple years ago!