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Games and Trips: The Maggie Test for Video Games

Note: This article was originally published at Planet PHP on 16 June 2011.
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Games and Trips: The Maggie Test for Video Games:

The tech industry isn't the only one that's male-dominated. Videogames suffer from this as well. In some musings with a friend of mine at the Games and Trips blog, we've come up with a test to determine whether a videogame at least tries to include women at all. Behold:


To pass the Maggie test a video game must have:

  1. a playable female character
  2. which is available to play right away, and not as a special bonus feature

In a previous post, I alluded to this video game corollary to the Bechdel test. We talked about it a bit and my friend agreed to let me usea