7 influential women in gaming

A look at women who've left lasting marks on the gaming industry.

Roberta Williams – Game Designer/Co-Founder of Sierra On-Line

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Anyone who grew up playing Sierra’s lineup of classic point-and-click adventure titles will likely be familiar with the name Roberta Williams. Williams and her husband Ken co-founded Sierra On-Line back in 1970 and released their very first game, Mystery House, in 1980.

During her time at Sierra, Williams lent her talents to a variety of memorable games including King’s Quest and Phantasmagoria (the latter being Williams’ favorite Sierra title).

Despite retiring in 1999, her status as a major player in the world of game design lives on. Plus, you’d be hard-pressed to find a 90s gamer who wasn’t in some way influenced by Williams’ work at Sierra.

Morgan is a writer, indie game lover, and socially awkward coffee addict. Need something? Morgan can be reached at morgan.shaver@allgamers.com or if you like, you can say hello using GIFs on Twitter.

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