7 influential women in gaming

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

Donna Bailey – First Female Arcade Game Designer

Donna Bailey’s career in gaming began in 1980 when she accepted a position as an engineer at Atari. At the time, Bailey was Atari’s sole female designer.

Among her many achievements, her most notable includes creating and designing the immortal arcade staple Centipede alongside Ed Logg. Following the release of Centipede, Bailey went on an extended hiatus before returning over 26 years later to serve as a keynote speaker at the 2007 Women in Games Conference.

Since then, Bailey has continued to encourage women to pursue careers in the world of gaming. She also works as a college instructor with one of her courses being – you guessed it – game design.

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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