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Mon, May 18, 2020 4:09 PM

Joyce Weisbecker, the First Female Video Game Programmer

When it comes to the gaming pioneers who helped shape the industry into what it is today, the same names usually come up: Steve Bushnell, Jerry Lawson, Ralph Baer, and others. And it is no coincidence that most are male. The annals of video game history are curiously bereft of women, but not because they weren't around. In fact, women have worked behind the scenes for decades, quietly pushing the medium forward, with barely any recognition for their contributions.

Such is the case with Joyce Weisbecker (born 1958), who deserves recognition not only as the earliest known female video game developer, but the first woman working as a contractor to bring a commercial video game to life. The indie video game industry is a bustling and lucrative one now, and Weisbecker's name should be held in high regard by the contemporary gaming community.

Find out how she is not only arguably the first indie game developer, she is also a female pioneer in a heavily male-dominated industry.

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