My weekly dose of female empowerment came from a wonderful, unexpected source this time around. We all know about the game industry’s mixed reputation as a female-friendly place – or at the least, as a place that young women are encouraged to look into for career options. Well, one game developer has taken a stand against that, by bringing his 5-year-old daughter with him to a game jam (an indie festival where developers make complete games in a short time frame) and helped her make her very own game.
Developer Ryan Creighton details the adventure in this Gamasutra blog, where the creation of “Sissy’s Magical Ponycorn Adventure” and the experience of bringing his little girl to the Toronto Indie Game Jam (TOJam) is laid out.
While Creighton took care of the technical end, young Cassie created all of the art (with crayons), designed the story and the characters (including Mr. Turtle, the Mean Tiger and the villainous Lemon) and helped (along with the entire Creighton family) compose the music.
The most adorable part – aside from the awesome photos of Cassie and her dad hard at work on the game – is her obvious enthusiasm:
This isn’t just cute, of course – it’s also genuinely heartwarming to see just how much emphasis Creighton put on the importance of Cassie feeling empowered. In one instance, he details a conversation he had with his daughter:
And towards the end, he reiterates that importance:
You can actually play Cassie’s game right online, and revel in the sheer awesomeness that a little girl made it. You can also make a donation to Cassie’s education fund, if you feel so inclined.
Hooray for young girls getting their creativity on, parents who believe their little ladies are capable and awesome, and ponycorns – whatever they are.