Tigerlilly Quinn: Girls in games

Monday, 15 December 2014

Girls in games


Most people are surprised to hear that I'm interested in things like computer games, and often even more surprised to find out I'm a sci-fi fan too. My favourite childhood shows were Star Trek and Deep Space 9 and I'd much rather watch Battlestar Galactica than a rom-com. When negotiating who got what after the break up of an old boyfriend I didn't mind if he got the TV and the furniture just as soon as I got the DS and all the games with it too. 

It's funny that being interested in these kind of things is usually considered a bit surprising because I'm a girl. 

Click below to read on (and win an iPad Mini!) 


I suppose in the past few years my interests in games have been taken over quite a bit by blogging and being immersed in this world, which I think probably makes me just as geeky. I've had less time to play games since becoming a mum but I have to confess to owning a couple on my iPad. 

I'm interested in girls in technology especially gaming as it's a world that is usually dominated by men. I was recently asked to play a new game on the market called 'Bake Escape'  (I know, I have such a tough job right?). The idea behind the game is that the character 'Victoria Sponge' needs to get to Paris by completing puzzles. By moving and matching sugary cakes you can score points and complete levels to get you closer to your goal. I have to warn you, it's highly addictive!

The artist behind Bake Escape is 24 year old Becky Smout and I was interested in hearing what she said about the process and about being a girl in gaming.




How did you get into games?
I initially started out in the animation industry, even have a degree in it. But always had a battle with myself ‘Animation?’ ‘Games?’ ‘Illustration?’ even throughout studying, with the mobile game market getting bigger and more independent companies popping up, I realised that I could actually put all these things together! I’m just over a year into my first year of being in the games industry now, and hands down the best decision I ever made.

What is it like working in the games industry?
Really fun! I think there is a slight misconception that because we work in the games industry that we all sit around and play games all day (which my parents think I do). Which in some aspects are true, especially at lunch times and sometimes after, y’know, research purposes. But in the midst of all that, we all work really hard to get the best product we can, we all want the game we’re working on to succeed and I think a huge part of making a fun game is having fun while making it.


What is it like working in such  a male dominated industry? Best bits? Worst bits?
The reason why we’ve brought together is our passion for games, we’ve all worked really hard to get where we are and want the best product we can achieve in the time we have to create it. I’ve never been treated any differently because I’m female and I want to keep it that way.

What influences your designs?
A difficult one really, as a lot inspires me! Even though a lot of my work is digital now a days, traditional media will always hold a huge part of my heart so I always try to weave a bit of a traditional process in. I’m always on the lookout for something new and try to keep an open mind about trying new styles and processes. I think as an artist it’s inbuilt and you’re not really sure when inspiration might strike, but when it does you have to grab it by the horns and run with it. Normally the use of shape and colour are the big players for catching my eye, I think that’s part of my animation degree allowing me to appreciate that more. The internet is a great thing, social media even more so! I get to follow a lot of inspiring artists which is good for a quick fix of inspiration (we all have our artist block days! It’s knowing how to recover from them!) Lois Van Baarle and Jon Klassen to name a few favourites. But saying that, nothing beats a well illustrated book , that’s always a winner too!

Can you describe the process of coming up with the characters for a game?
I like to make them little stories, what is their purpose, how did they get to where they are today and what’s their personality like? This normally is a really good framework to start creating a character, visual language should give a lot away without them moving or having to say anything and I find knowing a little about them before I start the drawing process really helps. For our first independent title ‘Bake Escape’ we did a lot of research, I mean a huge amount of research! Mood boards where almost the wallpaper for the office. We got a few character ideas from that, after a bit of market research we narrowed it down to a handful. We made up a few crazy stories (one involving a travelling circus, I still want to revisit that one!), after a few runs of designs focusing on their shapes and colour we whittled it down to the characters you see in game today.

What advice would you give to other women thinking about working in games?
Do it. Follow your passions, set goals for yourself and work hard. It all pays off in the end! I don’t think there is a right way of getting into the games industry, as everyone has their own story, just don’t get remembered for the wrong reasons, it’s a small industry, everyone knows each other!

Do you play games yourself? If so what?
Yes, although I never really marked myself as a ‘gamer’ as I don’t play anything religiously, I’ve always owned a console but I go through fazes of being really into a game, my drawing has always taken over in the end and I’ve let it, it means I don’t think I’ve ever finished a game 100%. I’m pretty nifty at Mario Kart and I still hold a place in my heart for the games I played as a child (Spyro and Crash Bandicoot to name a few!). With games being so accessible now, I play a lot of little games on my phone, which suits me as I can have a few in circulation at once and delete them when I get bored without feeling guilty of never finishing it.

You can download and try the game out here and you can win an iPad Mini by entering the below! 
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It ends midnight on the 31st Dec 2014.
 

In association with Bake Escape 

285 comments:

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Caroline Blaza said...

Iced Christmas Cake

Rebecca Powell said...

I love the look of the shortbread biscuits

greig spencer said...

Winter iced Christmas cake

Deborah B said...

Champagne and chocolate hamper--mmmmmmm

becski_boo said...

The Champagne and Chocolate Hamper

Pauli57 said...

Winter Iced Christmas Cake

cherie shaw said...

The Christmas glitter shortbread

Tracy Baines said...

winter iced christmas cake

Booth said...

The Champagne and Chocolate Hamper - always a winner :)

David Paterson said...

The champagne and chocolate hamper

Emma Nixon said...

Champagne and chocolate hamper. It's christmas and it would be a great hamper for sharing with family

Lucy Lucciano said...

the christmas glitter shortbread

flossiecrossie said...

Thr hand-painted commemorative baubles

Susan Trubey said...

Champagne and chocolate hamper

Annabel Firmin said...

Loads of lovely things, the Christmas biscuits look gorgeous as well as the tins they come in.

Nicola Cowdell-Murray said...

winter iced christmas cake

jade said...

Champagne and chocolate hamper

melwiggins said...

A mini ipad?! FAB giveaway! xo

Barry Ranns said...

Iced Christmas Cake

LuLu said...

Winter iced Christmas Cake.

laura said...

Oooh the Christmas glitter shortbread!

47charlottebell said...

Winter Iced Christmas Cake! Yum

Gemma Brown said...

champagne and chocolate hamper

Rachael Jones Mann said...

Champagne and chocolate hamper

Lisa Houston said...

Champagne and chocolate hamper. every girls dream :)

suey1969 said...

Champagne and chocolate hamper

sharron Page said...

Champagne and chocolate hamper

judy kennedy said...

Imagine their Traditional German Stollen is good

Liz Marriott said...

Champagne and chocolate hamper

Keith Hunt said...

The Family Christmas Hamper

Alice said...

Champagne and chocolate hamper

Keeley Louise Atkinson said...

Champagne and chocolate hamper

Jessica cook said...

Christmas glitter shortbread x

Imogene Reynolds said...

I have been wanting a tablet for aaaages.. So I'm keeping my fingers crossed!

kath morris said...

champagne and chocolate hamper :D

Nikki Hayes said...

Definitely the champagne and chocolate hamper, yum ;o)

Blods said...

The Champagne and chocolate hamper, exciting!

Bluggs said...

The Epicure Hamper

kristin said...

The port and stilton box. Yummy!

Viv C said...

skaters mini hamper

Rachel Cooper said...

champagne and chocolate hamper

Diane Carey said...

Christmas Glitter Shortbread

Paul Hunt said...

Skaters mini hamper

Violet said...

The Champagne and Chocolate Hamper!

Charlotte Pike said...

Pretty solid favourite - the chocolate and champage hamper!

Sophie said...

The glitter shortbread is adorable :)

Mama Syder said...

ohhh champers & chocolate hamper

Lesley Bain said...

Gosh I think we all love champagne and chocolate! That hamper would be my first choice also :) x

Laura Asplin said...

champagne & chocolate hamper

Lauren O said...

Christmas Glitter Shortbread

Nickles83 said...

Glitter shortbread <3

Paula Phillips said...

The Champagne and Chocolate Hamper.

Chris Paddock said...

Defo The Champagne & Chocolate Hamper

Steph Meakin said...

The Champagne and chocolate hamper! Seems a popular choice!

AlexanderResidence said...

Love finding new things out about people!

Jo Middleton said...

I love a bit of sci-fil especially fiction.

Hannah Smith smeethsaysfashion said...

I love the look of the pork & stilton box

Karen said...

The champagne and chocolate hamper x

Lyla said...

Champagne and chocolate hamper

Bridie Summersgill said...

epicure hamper

Mostly Yummy said...

Oooh port and Stilton for me please :-)

Pauline Wilson said...

I would love any of their hampers

Gemma Clark said...

Hmmm I think the chirstmas glitter shortbread x

Penny Crumpton said...

Gingerbread London Townhouse!!!!

Helen G said...

Epicure Hamper

Louise Payne said...

The champagne and chocolate hamper

Sue Carter said...

Can't beat champagne and chocolate

Samantha Wilkin said...

The glitter shortbread is lovely!

Tobys proud mummy said...

The Champagne and Chocolate Hamper would be a dream

msgchristiansen said...

The Gingerbread London Townhouse :)

Robert Price said...

Champagne and chocolate hamper

Eva Appleby-Gill said...

Champagne and chocolate hamper

Veronica Lopez-Smith said...

The Champagne and Chocolate Hamper (amazing!)

Ellie Powley said...

Champagne and chocolate hamper- chocolate even the worst days a little bit better!

Jess Howliston said...

My favourite is the family xmas hamper! x

Lisbe said...

Iced winter Christmas cake....mmm-mmm.....

sylviagill said...

The Champagne and chocolate hamper, exciting!

Jennie Jackson Mse said...

champagne and chocolate

Michelle orchard said...

Champagne and chocolate hamper...... Sounds like a dream :) happy Xmas ❄️⛄️❄️

Gordon said...

Champagne and chocolate - the makings of a great night in!

Sarah Bates said...

Was looking for something different but it's only the Champers and Choc hamper for me!

Nicola Holland said...

Champagne and Chocolate hamper - a rare treat!

Polly Davies said...

these games are SO addictive ;) but fun too!

Wild & Grizzly said...

I do love sci fi too! I have managed not to have many games in the house but I think it's because I spent five years with an ex who was totally obsessed by them. It's great seeing more women in the industry though. x

baddesley said...

mmm, let me think - Oh go on, the champagne and chocolate then.

Jo Wakefield said...

Champagne and chocolate hamper

Sarah Lines said...

I'd love to be able to treat my Mum and Dad to a champagne and chocolate hamper!

embabes said...

Champagne and cocolate box!

Karen Lloyd said...

The Port and Stilton would go down a treat in our house.

Gemma Nisbet said...

The champagne and chocolate hamper... what more could a girl want??!!

Kristy Leanne Brown said...

Would have to be the family xmas hamper x

Louise Asekokhai said...

Christmas Glitter Shortbread x

Angel said...

The port and stilton hamper.

Lorraine Anderson Mse said...

Champagne and chocolate sounds delicious

Melanie C said...

The Gingerbread London Town House :) x

Helena Williams said...

Champagne and chocolate hamper

Dave Burke said...

Fortnum's Gingerbread House Money Box

Noisette said...

The Champagne and Chocolate Hamper - such a decadent treat!

Stephanie Nomiddlename Crouch said...

champagne and chocolate of course

Fiona said...

Oooh this is so interesting, great interview xx

Joanne Blunt said...

The Champagne and Chocolates Box

Michelle Ferguson said...

Champagne and chocolate hamper

Sarah Archibald said...

The Champagne and chocolate hamper, obviously!!

Melanie Gardiner said...

The Champagne and Chocolates Box

LORNA WILS said...

The family Christmas hamper would be just Perfect.....!

gina sudron said...

The Champagne and the chocolate hamper would be a real treat

Sonia said...

Oh well how can I possibly decide lol! I think I'd have to say Their candles look amazing but I'd truly love a Chocolate hamper lol x

Siobhan Lucy said...

Champagne and chocolate box!

Sarah Cadman said...

The champagne and chocolate hamper!!!

Sarah Mcknight said...

Champagne and chocolate hamper

Jenny said...

Champagne and chocolate hamper

megan said...

Gingerbread london town house x

Christine Northrop said...

Champagne and chocolate hamper for me too

Sarah Heath said...

Champagne and Chocolate Hamper

Charlotte Hood said...

Champagne and chocolate hamper!!

clairebob23 said...

Hmmm hard to choose but I love the The family Christmas hamper

C Chu said...

Champagne and chocolate hamper

Mimicat said...

Champagne and chocolate hamper.

Jane Middleton said...

Champagne and chocolate hamper

Amanda Young said...

The champagne and chocolate hamper:)

Sheri Darby said...

The champagne and chocolate hamper

Liz Ferguson said...

the champers and chocolate box

Lyndsey Beckford said...

The Champagne and chocolate hamper

samantha price said...

Champagne and chocolate hamper it has to be

Charlotte rawlins said...

Champagne and chocolate box

Jon Payne said...

hamper

Leanne Abel said...

Port & Stilton Hamper

Matthew Mayled said...

Champagne & Chocolate

Sarah Davies said...

The Fortmason Hamper

sarah eastham said...

The Champagne and Chocolate Hamper

Ali Thorpe said...

The Champagne and Chocolate hamper as it's decadent, a treat :)

kat walsh said...

The port and stilton hamper looks very impressive

Sarah Robinson said...

Merry go round Musical biscuit tin

siggy said...

Champagne and chocolate hamper Yummy Yummy :)

Melanie Edjourian said...

Champagne and chocolate hamper looks great ;-)

Tom J Morrison said...

Like the Port and Stilton hamper

Rebecca Phillips said...

champagne & chocolate hamper :)

Lisa Everaert said...

The Champagne and chocolate hamper sure sounds yummy!

Leighanne Modeste said...

the champ and chocolate hamper

jamesholyland said...

Candles and champagne

Ann Skamarauskas said...

The Champagne and chocolate hamper

Emily Tealady said...

Champagne and chocolate hamper sounds amazing! Such lovely items

Louise said...

The Family Christmas Hamper. x

Kittenpal1 said...

The Children's Christmas Hamper

honor said...

Any hamper with the iconic F&M would make me smile

deaddogsmoking said...

Port and Stilton hamper

maureen findley said...

champagne and chocolate

Angela L Paull said...

The Children's Christmas Hamper :-)

cornishgirl said...

The Windsor Hamper looks fabulous

Shirley Giles said...

The Windsor Hamper looks lovely!

Hannah said...

So much choice. Chocolate, no family, no candles...

Juliette said...

I would choose the champagne hamper - i also love the skate charm as a keepsake of christmas

amyjbeckett said...

The Children's Christmas Hamper : Everyone would love it

Claire Toplis said...

family Christmas hamper

Michelle said...

The Children's Christmas Hamper :D

Christine Constable said...

Champagne & Chocolate Hamper

Natalie Stroud Vezina said...

family christmas hamper

elaine stokes said...

the family Christmas hamper looks great, but there mince pies would be perfect also

z.g said...

family Christmas hamper

MANDY DOHERTY said...

The Children's Christmas Hamper

Laura Craggs said...

The Champagne and salter caramels box looks lovely

isobelleforde said...

I love the family Christmas Hamper!

Melanie P said...

Clementines

Therese Loreskar said...

I love the Christmas Hamper for Children :)

snarepuss said...

family Christmas hamper - I also followed on you tube but could not get the entry to accept

spirit131 said...

The Champagne and chocolate hamper

Sara Miller said...

Oh, fingers crossed! I really like the family Christmas hamper

Bernadette Willis said...

the champagne and chocolate hamper

Bernadette Willis said...

followed on youtube but the rafflecopter won't accept it

viraloddity said...

champagne and chocolate hamper

Jinty Chalmers said...

I love the Children's Christmas Hamper.

Helen yendall said...

The chocolate and champagne hamper is my favourite! What's not to like?!

Keshia Esgate said...

The New World Explorer Hamper looks lush!

sarah mills said...

champagne and chocolate hamper

Jennifer Ball said...

Family Christmas Hamper!

Darlene Ovenstone said...

The Champagne and chocolate hamper or the Family Christmas Hamper, it's hard to pick a fave one as they all look so good :)

Sam Bresnahan said...

Family Christmas Hamper.

Couldn't link twitter tweet so here is it: https://twitter.com/She_Hearts/status/544844516042493952

tamara foster said...

The childrens Christmas hamper

John Coughlin said...

The Family Christmas Hamper

natalie zindani said...

i love the Family Christmas Hamper

Rebecca U said...

The family Christmas hamper looks fab

Louise C Pearson said...

I love the look of the Family Hamper

kathrynsharman said...

I love a bit of Star Trek too especially 'vintage' episodes with young William Shatner! How old do I sound?

Amy L said...

The family xmas hamper looks amazing!!

Delilah64 said...

I love the basket hamper on its own. The contents would be fabulous added bonus :-)

Tracy A said...

The family xmas hamper looks great

Catherine A Bell said...

The family Christmas hamper

Roger Turbin said...

The family Christmas hamper

Emma Franklin said...

The family Christmas hamper looks fab

Vee said...

The champagne and salted caramels box looks yummy

Charlotte said...

my favourite thing about F&M is the tea section - all that lovely smelling loose tea. Heaven!

Victoria N said...

Champagne and Chocolate sounds good!

Chelsea said...

The Children's christmas hamper looks so cute, my little one would love it! :) x

Chris Fletcher said...

I love their musical biscuit tins, they are so fun! My favourite is the Merry Go Round one

Alice Colling said...

the family christmas hamper

Simon Ward said...

Champagne and Chocolate

lorraine evemy said...

champagne and chocolate, could you want for a nicer combo at christmas time......bliss!!!

Helen Garner said...

One of the hampers

Jill Fairbank said...

The family Christmas hamper looks lovely

Julie Ward said...

The champagne and chocolate box

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