This Month On Edge

When we weren’t do­ing ev­ery­thing else, we were think­ing about stuff like this

EDGE - - SECTIONS - Game De­vel­oper Bar­bie bit.ly/de­vel­oper­bar­bie

The things that caught our eye dur­ing the pro­duc­tion of E296

FASH­ION DOLL

The pro­fes­sion­ally flighty Bar­bie now has in ex­cess of 150 jobs on her CV, in­clud­ing chef, ar­chi­tect and sev­eral failed bids for pres­i­dent. Her most re­cent ca­reer switch sees her tack­ling game de­vel­op­ment, com­plete with in­dus­try-ap­proved bright-red hair, a sen­si­ble out­fit, and a tablet and lap­top. Mat­tel sought ad­vice from Ker-Chunk Games CEO Molly Prof­fitt, founder of Black Girls Code Kim­berly Bryant, and Google’s Julie Ann Crom­mett, who en­sured that Bar­bie’s lap­top has real Javascript code on­screen as well as a fic­tional game en­gine cre­ated for the char­ac­ter. And un­like 2014’s Bar­bie: I Can Be A Computer Engi­neer book, Game De­vel­oper Bar­bie is more than ca­pa­ble of us­ing a lap­top with­out male in­ter­ven­tion.

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