Girl Scouts Add New ‘Video Game’ Merit Patch

by Nate Wooley | April 22, 2013 11:48 am

Girl Scouts Add New ‘Video Game’ Merit Patch

heart patch 300x294 Girl Scouts Add New Video Game Merit Patch[1]Girl scouts can now earn awards in video game development.

The award — which is being introduced by the Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles Council — is designed to introduce girls to the profession of game design, NBC News reports[2].

A representative for the Greater Los Angeles Council says that the organization has been discussing the awards for more than a year. In partnership with the Woman In Games International organization, the council wants to confront sexism in the video game business while making sure that girls don’t think they’re locked out of a growing industry.

Earlier this year, the Boy Scouts began awarding merit badges for video game design. However, because the Girl Scouts award is not yet officially recognized, it is considered a patch and not a merit badge. The award requires girls to learn how to program games rather than just design them. The Council is providing a custom version of developer tool Gamestar Mechanic for girls to work with.

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Endnotes:
  1. [Image]: http://investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/heart-patch.jpg
  2. NBC News reports: http://www.nbcnews.com/technology/ingame/girl-scouts-chapter-add-video-game-patch-1B9522947
  3. Electronic Arts to End Three Facebook Games: http://investorplace.com/2013/04/electronic-arts-to-end-three-facebook-games/
  4. Disney Stops Making Star Wars Games: http://investorplace.com/2013/04/disney-stops-making-star-wars-games/
  5. Stadium Installs Hands-Free Video Games in Urinals: http://investorplace.com/2013/03/stadium-installs-hands-free-video-games-in-urinals/

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