“Women Join the Arcade Revolution” (Electronic Games, May 1982)

In May 1982, American gaming magazine Electronic Games published a cover story on the rise of “lady arcaders.” The article, titled “Women Join the Arcade Revolution,” suggests that women were just beginning to take part in what had “traditionally been a male hobby”: playing video games.

 

Magazine cover

 

Women Join the Arcade Revolution magazine spread

 

Women have officially arrived in the world of electronic gaming. They’re not just there for decoration, either […] Who are these lady arcaders?

 

Articles about the rise of women and girls in gaming have been appearing in print for decades, which itself raises interesting questions. Have women really ever fully “made it” into the gaming scene or community? Or does the landscape of gaming shift away from women as soon as they arrive? Nevertheless, this early example is interesting and gives some insight into the anxieties and hopes around future of gaming as seen from the early 1980s. You can read the entire article in PDF format at the Internet Archive.