Girl Scouts get merit badge for game development

Overall aim of new initiative in collaboration with Women in Games International is to get badge rolled out nationwide.

The Girl Scouts are piloting a merit patch for game development.

The badge is a collaboration between Women in Games International and the Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles, and right now the badge is only available for Girl Scouts in LA.

The course to obtain the patch will be specially designed, with WIGI developing a program that will meet the patch requirements of the Girl Scouts.

Speaking to Girl Gamer, WIGI vice president Amy Allison said "creating this badge will get young girls excited in technology and science and let them know that they, too, can have a career in the video game industry."

WIGI's overall aim is to use the Gamestar Mechanic to get girls actually developing video games, and to get the badge rolled out nationwide. The Boy Scouts currently have a merit badge for game design, though it does not require actual video game development.

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Martin Gaston

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TrueGB
TrueGB

As long as the girl earned it and wanted to do it in the first place, that's fine. I never liked it when all these schools threw all this stuff at me to garner my interest in something and I suspect these girls are the same way.

Coco_pierrot
Coco_pierrot

What the fuck is wrong with people commenting ??? Fuck this is just a badge for Girl Scout to give them some encouragement, some interest. It is OK and perfect as is.

l777l
l777l

Best to give them badges for everything. Especially they should give the girls badges for getting a sex change, showing them that are not limits to what they can do. Former girls. Also, they should get shame-badges for doing traditionally female things.

jinzo9988
jinzo9988

"creating this badge will get young girls excited in technology and science and let them know that they, too, can have a career in the video game industry."

Really?  In 2013 there are still women who think like this?  She should honestly be ashamed of herself for using that kind of verbage.

EMelville
EMelville

It's called the GIRL Scouts, it caters to only one gender.

ZipGalaxy
ZipGalaxy

I love how almost every response to this page is from a male, most of which appear to be slightly sexist. Providing opportunities for females to experience the gaming industry is hardly sexist. They are attempting to draw more females into the industry so it's not a mast fest like it is now. With everyone complaining about female portrayal in games, why not let a female design and write the character. Then you can say she is incompetent rather than sexist if the character comes out poor.

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Hammershock6
Hammershock6

Stupid American's what are you thinking?

stevenjore
stevenjore

When will you hetero-normals STOP PERSECUTING those who self identify as female??

CentumAngelus
CentumAngelus

This is a good plan. And to all of you who think that this is a terrible idea for some reason or another, Girl Scouts is about empowering women, and teaching leadership skills, not just about teaching wilderness survival skills, that is more Boy Scouts pace. Another point of interest is that there IS a need to show girls that they too can join a male dominate field. Girls, from a young age, are taught to care about fashion, looks, preparing for motherhood. (Look at Barbie, and other baby doll toys that girls need to feed, change, and take care of). Society is very skewed in the idea that men need to be the leaders of the world while women need to be their caretakers. 

PacoTaco
PacoTaco

ah video game development - such an essential, life-saving skill.  Sure to be of help in the wilderness after the zombiepocalypse.  


willzihang
willzihang

The witch hunts continue... nothing to see here.

91210user
91210user

golddiggers, golddiggers I say, with all the mistransactions and charm video games have, they will dig for my money for some video game about selling cookies or something!

look at that pixel art heart badge!

*Ding dong*

"Hello, how would you like to play this video game"

ME: I don't play video games, sorry! *lying*

Scorpion1813
Scorpion1813

They better have equal opportinuties for boys too. I think it is MORE sexist to be giving girls better opportunites, just because they FEEL left out, even though there are plenty of woman in the industry and in the consumer base.

TohouAsura
TohouAsura

Gamestar Mechanic -- The solution for anyone too dumb or lazy to learn how to ACTUALLY develop video games!

This is everything wrong in the world.

Learn a programming language, 3D modelling, animation, Sound design, anything.

I have little respect for someone who needs an actual tutorial to explain the concept of Collision detection.

emperiox
emperiox

Stick to selling cookies and stay out of my games!!!

Errorcutive
Errorcutive

Ok i like the idea but what kind of game they gonna produce, i just hope if they wanna make something that everyone, like minecraft cause if the girl make game only for themself no one would play it

craigprime
craigprime

They should stop selling cookies and start selling home-made video games. I can almost see it happening.

hystavito
hystavito

I don't know much about scouts organizations, but I know they've been around a long time and I figured these days they would be very much about showing young people things that are outside of their daily lives that have become so technology centric.

hydrobeast
hydrobeast

nice they have a badge for everything. just nice

BloodyAura
BloodyAura

This is really cool, and  such a positive message behind it- yes females can do anything they put their mind's to! As a former girl scout myself (back when I was little) this does my heart good. All girls need positive messages to remind them to never give up on their dreams, and the girl scouts has always been about encouraging that. Glad to see the acknowledging of female gamers as well, and the encouragement for young girls to become apart of the industry one day. As I too still plan on getting in the industry as a developer, eventually.

bfa1509
bfa1509

At least they don't have to knock on the door to sell it.

AlexFili
AlexFili

Don't understand why there arent more girl game developers. Anyone can make a game with Construct 2 

DarkSaber2k
DarkSaber2k

I "look forward" to seeing dozens of them on Kickstarter begging for cash to achieve this.

And to think after all these years and discussion on how to to get more women into game development and all this time all we needed was a badge! WIGI truly are visionaries to see the way where the entire industry could not!

N4o7A
N4o7A

GAWD GIMME DEM THIN MINTS AS A PREORDER INCENTIVE!!!

JLCrogue
JLCrogue

Sounds good. Hopefully there will be significantly more girl gamers in the future, because it's kinda hard to find them now.

gamingfrendly
gamingfrendly

cookies with each video game purchase starting at 2014!

okassar
okassar

20 years later in the news: "Former girl scout becomes CEO of EA, plans to banish all evil from the company in a burst of flowers and cookies." One can hope.

ziproy
ziproy

Yeah because video game development teachs you alot about wilderness survival.........

DTH17
DTH17

So what you're telling me is that by buying their cookies I am helping support future game developers? Sounds like a win-win to me

starfox15
starfox15

Women in games? Hissss... Seriously though. Very cool move on the part of girl scouts. 

Trail_Mix
Trail_Mix

It's good to see this industry being more widely accepted like other forms of media. As it so rightfully deserves.