Women in Games Exhibit Opens at The Strong Museum November 17

The Strong News Release
One Manhattan Square Rochester, NY 14607 • 585-263-2700 • museumofplay.org

October 16, 2018

For Immediate Release

Shane Rhinewald, 585-410-6365, srhinewald@museumofplay.org

Noelle McElrath-Hart, 585-410-6325, nmcelrath@museumofplay.org

Women in Games Exhibit
Opens at The Strong® Museum
November 17

Discover the untold stories of women in the video game industry when the Women in Games exhibit opens at The Strong museum on Saturday, November 17. Explore the history of women’s contributions to video games, try your hand at non-electronic games designed by women, and more. During opening weekend, create a story, setting, and character for your own video game and meet local game developers.

Learn about trailblazing women and discover their accomplishments in diverse areas of the video game industry:

Game Designers and Programmers: view design documents from video game pioneers, including Carol Shaw’s Polo and River Raid and Roberta Williams’ King’s Quest and Phantasmagoria. Play a round of Centipede, co-designed by Dona Bailey.

Characters: take a look at iconic female game characters and explore common themes between characters. See the various ways women are portrayed in video games and decide if a popular character is shown as a heroine or damsel in distress. View a timeline of female protagonists in games. Examine life-sized Lara Croft statues and discuss her evolution through the years in an interactive talk-back. Try your hand at the classic Ms. Pac-Man game.

Company Executives: explore examples of video games marketed to girls and created by female-led companies. Learn about the Nancy Drew series created by Her Interactive and spearheaded by the company’s former CEO Megan Gaiser. View the Rockett video game series created by Purple Moon, founded by Brenda Laurel. Learn about the women behind the Halo franchise at 343 Industries, including Bonnie Ross and Kiki Wolfkill.

Writing and Art: view games with scripts written by women, including Amy Hennig for Soul Reaver and Uncharted, and Rhianna Pratchett for Mirror’s Edge and Tomb Raider (2013). Create your own game plot on an old-fashioned typewriter. See graphics created by women for popular video games. View artwork by Mari Shimazaki for Bayonetta, and Castlevania: Symphony of the Night by Ayami Kojima. Examine game cover art by Rieko Kodama for Sonic the Hedgehog and Phantasy Star. Watch as artwork comes to life on a digital easel.

Audio: discover the women who create the unique sounds of a video game. Remix music from songs created by composer Yoko Shimomura for Kingdom Hearts and Street Fighter II. View artifacts such as sheet music created by Shiho Fuji for Splatoon. Listen to clips of voice actresses featured in popular video games, including Jennifer Hale in Mass Effect, Jennifer Taylor in Halo, and Ellen McLain in Portal.

Non-electronic Games: explore board games designed by women. See a first-edition version of Elizabeth Magie’s The Landlord Game, a predecessor to Monopoly, Eleanor Abbott’s Candy Land, and Leslie Scott’s Jenga.

The exhibit and activities are included with general museum admission fees. Women in Games is produced by The Strong’s International Center for the History of Electronic Games.

Programs underwritten by Delta Air Lines, the official airline of The Strong.


Museum Hours: Monday–Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.

General Admission Fees (does not include admission to Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden®): age 2 and older $16, under age 2 free, members free. Fees subject to change. 

Admission to Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden: General Admission fee plus $4 for members, $5 for nonmembers, under age 2 free. Fees subject to change.

Parking: Free parking is available at the museum for all guests on a first-come, first-served basis during regular museum hours. Please note that, on high visitation days, the museum lot may reach capacity early in the day. If space is not available on site at the time of your visit, additional parking is available at neighboring municipal garages for a fee. The Strong is not responsible for fees incurred at off-site locations.