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Conference debates women in games
Artwork of Lara Croft
Lara Croft is one of the most recognised games characters.
The role of women in computer games is to be the subject of a major conference on Teesside.

The event, at Teesside University later this month, will feature speakers from all over the world.

Topics will include what opportunities exist for women animators, designers and writers and the representation of women in games.

The university runs several animation courses and hosts the annual Animex festival of worldwide animation.

'Men welcome'

Gabrielle Kent, senior lecturer in games art and design at the university, said: "As a woman with experience of working at various games development studios I believe that this conference is an excellent way to start dealing with the issues surrounding the lack of women in the field.

"It will also offer an opportunity to promote the companies that are working to make the industry a better place for all.

"Despite the title of the conference, men are more than welcome to attend.

"We need a meaningful dialogue between the sexes if the industry is to move forward."

The two-day conference is due to start on 10 July.

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