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Naughty Dog had to request female testers for Last of Us

4/10/13 9:00am

Women's roles in gaming is being addressed again after a recent debacle over the gender of focus testers for Naughty Dog’s upcoming post-apocalyptic shooter The Last of Us. In an interview with game’s creative director Neil Druckman, it was revealed that Naughty Dog had to ask for female focus testers, as the marketing company only wanted to test the game on males.

Druckman explains that focus testing plays a part in how a game gets promoted. And, that when the developer saw only males were being tested, they had to specifically request to the unnamed research firm for female gamers. Druckman explains…

“Another aspect that influences how a game is promoted is focus-testing. Players are rounded up and are asked to view materials and answer some quantitative and qualitative questions about it. My big surprise during this process is that the research group wasn't planning on focus-testing female gamers - it's something we had to specifically request. I hope this is a relic of the past that will soon go away."

However, the research firm didn’t stop there, as they allegedly requested the game’s female lead, Ellie, to be moved to the back of the box. However, Naughty Dog stood their ground, and chose to add Ellie along side, other main character, Joel on front of the game’s box art.

But what do you think g1s? Do you think females’ role in gaming have vastly improved over the last few years? Should this topic finally be over with? Let me know in the comments down below!

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