Women’s History Month: Brenda Brathwaite

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!

Currently:

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

Train

Specialties:

  • Game design
  • Level design
  • System design
  • Writing
  • Scripting
  • Manual and Documentation (sometimes)

Trivia

  • 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!

3 thoughts on “Women’s History Month: Brenda Brathwaite

  1. Pingback: March is Women’s History Month… How Are You Celebrating? « Nerdy but Flirty

  2. Every week in *April*? But it’s March . . . unless? Nope. Calender still says March. (Actually, mine still says February because I never flip it over.)

    Anyway, that’s pretty awesome; I’d love to have a job that combines both gaming and *working at the freak’n Smithsonian*. Color me jealous. Interesting that I’ve never actually played any of the games on the “list of games worked on”, yet I’ve heard of (almost) all of them. Not a bad resumé.

    • Thank you! LOL check out my latest post to get an insight into why that little slip happened lol!

      Yeah I agree she has it all right now. And I am the same way… never played any of them but know them all.

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