Chair, Interactive Design and Game Development, Savannah College of Art and Design
With 22 commercial titles under her belt, Brenda Brathwaite's experience in the gaming industry has included working on games as different as Wizardry and Playboy: the Mansion. She has been involved in game development since 1981 -- making her possibly the longest continually serving woman in the game industry today. She now works as a professor at Savannah College, as well as a contract game designer.
Brathwaite was recently elected as a member of the International Game Developers Association's board of directors. As the head of the IGDA's Sex special interest group, and the author of her foundational textbook, Sex in Video Games, she is additionally one of the world's leading authorities on sexual content in interactive media.
In addition to her positions with the IGDA, her many years served in the industry, and her numerous conference appearances, Brathwaite recently became the chair of the Interactive Design and Game Development department at Savannah College.
Not only has Brathwaite been extremely vocal as a woman in the gaming industry, she ha also blazed a trail for all those interested in sex in game development.
What was once a rarely discussed topic has become a common point of discussion thanks to Brathwaite's work.
What her peers say
Sheri: "Brenda has worked on a string of titles that most industry members would kill to have on their resume. I can think of absolutely no one better to be the first woman asked to participate in the Game Designers Challenge at GDC in 2008!
Also her willingness and ability to pass on her knowledge to her students is a true example of her foresight and love of the industry. Her work on sex and video games is simply another feather in her well-decorated cap. She is a designer, pioneer, teacher and most importantly someone I am honored to call friend. Tell her to strap those kiddos into that BMW of hers and meet me and my Corvette at the track anytime!"