Meet Christine

“As an aspiring artist in the gaming industry, I do not want to repeat this cycle of gender-based pandering in the future”

Google Play is pleased to introduce its Design Challenge winner – Christine, creator of Mazu. She is a 17-year-old aspiring concept artist from Vancouver, WA. Christine is a long-time gamer; however, early on she noticed a clear distinction between games made for girls and games made for boys. “As an aspiring artist in the gaming industry, I do not want to repeat this cycle of gender-based pandering in the future,” says Christine. Her goal in developing a game was to create a memorable challenge that could be enjoyed by everyone, regardless of gender.

Christine is vocal about wanting to help pioneer the new perspective of women in the gaming industry. The Design Challenge has helped her in getting a sense of how expansive and fast-growing the industry truly is. She encourages future girls interested in game design to get versed in more games, movies, and books. “Focus on exploring how you as an individual can push the envelope of gaming,” she advises. In doing so, girls can contribute many more concepts and help the growing industry.

I knew it was a large industry, but it's a lot more expansive and fast-growing than I'd originally imagined

Christine’s awarded LA experience gave her the chance to tour the Google LA office and attend the notable gaming exhibition E3. “I knew it was a large industry, but it's a lot more expansive and fast-growing than I'd originally imagined,” Christine says reflecting on what the experience has taught her. At E3 Christine was able to meet her gaming hero Todd Howard and network with video game development companies. Christine is working towards creating a thrilling mobile journey for boys and girls, that launched on Google Play. “The narrative was written in response to the orthodox views on guiding the youth solely through parental guidance and structured education,” she explains. Her game, Mazu, is a third person coming-of-age journey, and aims to inspire today’s youth to learn through trial and error, rather than by simply seeking assistance.

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The Final Game

Mazu is out

Mazu is ready to download exclusively on the Google Play Store.

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