In today's main Gamasutra feature, we present our coverage of the first in a series of upcoming Women in Games International Conferences entitled “Advancing Your Career in Game Development: The Women's Perspective” which took place last week at Microsoft's Red West campus in Redmond, Washington.
In this excerpt are notes from Shannon Loftis, Group Program Manager at Microsoft Game Studios' keynote on supporting an inclusive work culture:
"In order to achieve an inclusive work culture, a team member must first evaluate his/her own core values and integrate them into the team without forcing ways of thinking on other members. As a recruiter, Loftis listens during the interview process for unique and possibly shocking responses to application questions. She encourages recruiters to approach interviews in the mindset of looking for difference. Unusual approaches to game design strategies lead to well-rounded teams.
A culture of respect is vital to maintaining an inclusive team, according to Loftis. It is essential to account for all input. Since game development is often more complicated than traditional work, members need to be willing to cross-over content and provide valuable feedback if they expect to capitalize on the value of each team member's role in the process."
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