It's Ada Lovelace Day: the day we celebrate women in technology and science.
My post is about Margaret Robertson, videogames genius. Margaret is yet to be topped as the person I know "who knows most about videogames". There is nothing you can throw at Margaret that she doesn't have an insightful, knowledgable, clever or funny answer to.
(This is Margaret, about to pound you in Werewolf - but you wouldn't know it...)Margaret used to be editor of EDGE magazine, well-understood to be the best games magazine in the world. She's a journalist, an analyst, a designer and a consultant. If you ask Margaret what she does, she often hesitates slightly, because she does so much within this huge field, and all of it so well: from games design itself, through to story architecture, troubleshooting, team design, strategy, business analysis, conference organising... you name it. She's also very modest.
She's a regular fixture at GDC, and her talks are always - rightly - packed. Don't miss those, is my advice. You can also catch her at Brit events like Game City, or Develop. She's the little Scottish lady with bunches, and a Bristolian accent (it's a feature, not a bug), usually found on a sofa surrounded by Famouses, hanging on her every word...
We at Channel 4 buy a lot of her time in order to fulfil our educational remit, and our grand plans for making amazing games that just happen to be good for you. She's our secret weapon. And she doesn't get nearly enough credit for it.
So thank you Margaret, for everything you do for us, and for lending us your planet-sized brain. Thank you too for being an inspiration to all and any women considering, perhaps, a career in or around videogames. You're the greatest!