Jennifer Dziuba, 23, a lifelong gamer and aspiring video game developer, delved into gaming culture, the changing industry and how free women are to game online in peace in this interview. When the semester ends, she will graduate with a degree in Video Game Design and Development from the Rochester Institute of Technology.
The gaming industry is still dominated by men, but Dziuba is unintimidated in her career path. Dziuba represents the growing number of women entering the gaming workforce. Game development and gaming in general, she said, never weren’t options for her. Gender was irrelevant.
She has, mostly, averted a largely toxic online environment for women. Whether it’s the game’s story, law-breaking theatrics or being able to play with friends, video games have always proven liberating for her. She has 100s of hours each in the Saints Row and Pokémon games, Team Fortress 2, Skyrim and other games across countless consoles and her gaming laptop.