Prosearium.net is an initiative to document 1000 African women of all backgrounds and their experiences creating and contributing to games. This is a step towards increasing the participation of African women in game development, and carving a space for ourselves in the continents digital history.
Here's our progress so far:
100 by 2021
1000 by 2026
Follow us here for the latest updates and info on our initiative.
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Here are ways that you can help us get to our goal of documenting 1000 African women creating and self-publishing their own games.
Let us profile you
Are you a woman in Africa that has made a game before or wants to make a game? It doesn’t matter what kind of game as long as we can see it exists! If you are interested, we would love to profile you and highlight your game here. Click here for a profile request or contact us below.
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Contribute to the growth of prosearium.net by supporting at patreon.com/proseaium. All patrons will have early access and exclusive content available to them every month from our team. You may also contribute more to request and have access to approved statistics that will be sent monthly.
Host a workshop
If you would like to have a group of friends or women you know learn to make games and self-publish them, contact us. We can work together to host a workshop in any location remotely, or a physical workshop if we have volunteer leads in your area.
My hopes for the African gaming industry are that it starts to feature more prominently internationally and that African games are nominated and win international game awards. I believe that the global game industry is expanding to include a more diverse set of gamers who deserve to be represented in games. I would like to see more inclusion and diversity in the characters being created and the stories being told internationally.
I would love to see more of our mythology shown in African games. When you think mythology, you’re usually thinking Greek, Roman, or Norse, and the only African mythology that’s popularly touched on through media is Egyptian. It would be cool to see more African mythology and spiritualism used to create fascinating stories and gameplay. Telling more of our history in our games is something I would also like to see. Just more African period piece type of games, whether it’s a historical period or an Afro-futuristic period being shown.
I would like to see more structured and paying roles within the game development industry. Many people that I have interacted with have day jobs and game development is treated more or less like a hobby which is something that needs to change.
The advice I would give [writers who might be interested in being involved in creating games] is just to get started. If you want to write a game, do it. There is no better time than the present. I was accepted into the Pixelles Portfolio writing program earlier this year and it was huge! Unfortunately, I could not continue because I started a new job and there was just a bit too much on my plate to handle. However, that does not mean when you fail, you need to give up. It just means, try again until you create something you love.