The Story of Justicia: #MadeByWomen at GlobalStep

This International Women’s Day, we at GlobalStep wanted to do more than just wish the wonderful ladies at GlobalStep. We wanted to go one step further and ask them to don the creative hats and give us their perspective on characters in video games. With women making up close to half of the gaming population and with some of the top gaming studios being led by women, we felt it was about time!

We circulated a questionnaire with some basic character-related questions to GlobalStep’s women employees across our global offices, and the passion with which they responded surprised even us! Through their answers was born “Justicia. This is the story of what we asked them, what they answered and how Justicia was created.
What would be your character’s weapon of choice?

If you thought that our woman character would need a big weapon to help her and showcase her strength, you couldn’t have been more wrong! Bare hands are enough for Justicia to show her adversaries what she’s made of!

“Bare hands, if you fight with bare hands you will know how strong and capable you are!”

“Bare hands, I would prefer to use myself as a weapon, both mind and physical strength”

“She doesn’t need weapons to be a strong and successful woman”


If your character had a superpower, what would it be?

Sorry Superman, the ability to fly didn’t find much love from the women at GlobalStep! They chose a superpower that they could use not only in fighting crime but also personally to jet set across the world – the ability to teleport! Because why restrict yourself – clever choice, women of GlobalStep!

“I would like to have the ability to instantly be anywhere anytime in the universe I’d like!”

“Ability to teleport, then she can go anywhere and fight crime easily!”


What is your character’s strongest characteristic?

Smartness and quick thinking beat physical strength, speed and agility. The women of GlobalStep felt that a woman smart and able to quickly think on her feet can change anything in the world and manipulate any situation to suit it to her advantage!

“Ability to think fast for quick moves and to stay two steps ahead!”

“Being smart is much better than being physically strong!”

“With smartness, she can just use her inherent qualities to achieve whatever she wants!”

 

 What colour would be dominating your character’s outfit?

If you thought Justicia was going to be dominated by pink, it’s time to break through the stereotypes, just like the women of GlobalStep did. Every option they chose had a logic and representation behind it, that really gives character to Justicia. We went with a bold red that symbolizes her strength and aggression, with just a royal touch of gold to show her royalty and grace!

Gold seems like a special colour by its beauty and value, also powerful and determined”

“Red, because it symbolizes her strength and aggression”


What is your character’s main motivation?

Unlike most video game characters that are a part of a heist, assassination squad or motivated by personal vengeance and loss, Justicia chooses to fight for the right things in life! By fighting against injustice and lawlessness, she aims to make the world a better place for everyone in it!

“I would like to make the world a better place. That seems like the least I could do if I were a superhuman”

“She is fighting for the right things in life”

 We heard you, The women of GlobalStep! And we hope Justicia lives up to your expectations! She could also have had some interesting names – such as Crimson, Untitled Ranger, Kaileena and more! But we went with the one that was closest to her one motivation – of bringing justice to everyone!

A huge thanks to all the women at GlobalStep for responding to the survey! Justicia is a character that has a part of each of you, and represents what you stand for in a lot of ways!

[Sakshi Mishra is a Sr. HR Executive and also part of the employee engagement team.]

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What its like to be a woman game tester

A long-standing gender stereotype has been that women don’t like video games. With a 40:60 women:men ratio at GlobalStep’s QA Lab, we beg to differ! Not only women love video games, they are brilliant at it.

Since a long time female gamers have commonly been regarded as a minority, but industry surveys in the past few years have shown that in time the gender ratio has become closer to equal. As per a recent study*, 52% of gamers worldwide are in fact, women!

Women in the games industry are both designing and testing games. And we caught up with a few women game testers from our QA Lab in a candid interview. Read on to know how they deal with gender stereotype, what’s their all-time favorite game and more…


Why did you get into game testing?

You get to play games all day long, why else? Breaking the stereotype, our women game testers share, “We grew up playing video games. It has always been our passion.” One of the youngest girls from the group told us, “I was the only girl from my college in the Counter Strike team. Not only did I play the game but I won various Counter Strike inter-college tournaments with my team which btw was all boys!” Bravo!

What are the most important skills required to become a game tester?

“Many people think that because they like to play video games; they can be game testers… Well, that’s not entirely true. Yes, you do need to have the passion for playing but you also need some core skills like analytical thinking, you should be detail oriented and must have the eye to actually catch bugs while playing the game. Once you catch a bug, you need to be able to find the steps that will replicate the glitch. You also need a lot of patience! As a game tester, your tolerance to do repetitive and tedious tasks is tested every single day and you just need to learn to be persistent. Being able to work well in a team is important too.”

How do people react when you tell them you are a game tester?

The response to this question was in unison!

“Men think of us as Gods!”

“Women are always keen to know more. ‘What do you do exactly?’, ‘So you play video games all the time?’ or sometimes ‘Is that even a job!’ are the most common questions.”

What do you do when you take a break from testing games? Once a game tester, can you still be a gamer?

So when non game-testers take a break, we may interest ourselves in some sort of mobile or PC games, right? Our game testers can’t do this anymore and here’s why, “Since I became a game tester, it’s not so much fun anymore. Every time I play any game for recreation, I start spotting bugs. It’s difficult to switch off being a professional game tester! Having said that, I still love to play games for recreation.”

Wow, that seems like a professional hazard! One of the ladies shared what happened to her favorite mobile game after she became a game tester, “I used to play this very famous and addictive puzzle game and reached a really high level when I had to stop playing it.  Every time I would view the result screen on the game and clicked continue, it went into non-progression mode and had to be forced closed and restarted. My inner game tester couldn’t take it anymore. I reported that bug to the publisher and uninstalled the game. Now I play other more interesting games and try not to look for bugs!”

Is it true that women and men are better are at certain kind of games?

*Stats show men prefer action games while women prefer puzzle games. We asked the ladies if they agree, “That’s quite true actually. Women are mostly better at puzzle games as we are much better at problem-solving skills including logic, pattern recognition, sequence solving, and word completion. And men are mostly better at Combat, Role Playing, Adventure and Strategy games.”

“That doesn’t mean women game testers don’t test Combat games. As a matter of fact, women can focus better in testing bugs related to navigation or sound compared to men in such games as men get influenced by storytelling in, women don’t.” How very interesting!

Which is your current favorite game?

This question had the most varied answers of all! From puzzle to role playing to strategic games, these ladies love them all. Their favorites include – Shin Megami Tensei which is a post-apocalyptic role-playing game, Clash of Clans which is a famous strategy game and 4 Pics 1 Word, a fascinating puzzle game.

Do you play the games you test in your free time?

“Sometimes!”

“The developers / publishers, GlobalStep works with, make some really interesting games and it’s obvious that we would like to continue to play them instead of just testing. Once we are done with our daily tasks, we hang around in the gaming-zone where we can play any of the released titles on any platform be it mobile, console, VR, PC etc.” Perks of being a game tester, eh?

 

For a long time, video games have been designed keeping men in mind. Even with women making up the majority among games users, as characters / protagonists they are still mostly non-existent. From what we see with these intelligent women gamers around us, it’s time for the game designers and publishers to broaden the appeal of their games to both genders equally.

 

Source:

  1. https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/sep/18/52-percent-people-playing-games-women-industry-doesnt-know
  2. https://deltadna.com/blog/gender-split-in-f2p-games/
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