Rae Johnston returns to the MCV Pacific Women In Games List for a third straight time.
The current gaming, science, technology and entertainment journalist for Gizmodo Australia, Rae Johnston is also the host of current affairs program “The Point” on NITV and the producer and host of Static Podcast. Rae recently became an ambassador for STEM.I.AM, a program encouraging Indigenous children – in particular girls – to study STEM subjects.
Since starting her career in games media back in 2011, she has written full-time for both print and online publications, appeared as a regular contributor on every free to air television network, dozens of radio programs and podcasts, hosted gaming expos Australia-wide and spoken at events from Girls Make Games to TEDx – all with the goal of spreading the word about both the positive benefits of video games, and the amazing women that are behind them. Rae says she was honoured to be a finalist in both the 2015 and 2016 MCV Pacific Women In Games Awards in the “Ambassador” and “Woman of the Year” categories.
In the last 12 months Rae focused on covering video games for a Gizmodo audience – in both article form and for Static Podcast. This meant less news and reviews, and more of a spotlight on the scientific benefits of games. Rae covered everything from virtual reality being used to help patients with phantom limb pain, to mobile games being used to relieve anxiety in children about to undergo surgery. Rae was also able to write about issues relating to Indigenous representation, and highlighting the best practices when working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities for appropriate and respectful inclusion of our First Nations people in video games. In every article it was appropriate, she sought to focus on the female members of the team, in order to highlight role models for other women and girls.
In addition to her work at Gizmodo, last year Rae presented a weekly gaming and technology segment The Point with Stan Grant, a first for both NITV and current affairs programs nationally. She also became the first person to present a weekly 30 minute gaming segment on Triple J, during the popular Matt & Alex Breakfast show.
Other regular media appearances in the last 12 months alone where Rae advocated for the benefits of video games, local developers and female role models in the industry included 2CC Canberra, ABC Radio Canberra, What The Frak Podcast on SBS, Download This Show for Radio National, 2SER Radio, The Project, The Feed, Today, Awaye! on ABC Radio, 2UE, Star FM, ABC Radio Ballarat, ABC Radio Newcastle, ABC Radio Melbourne, Triple J’s Hack, Sass Effect Podcast, Game Hugs Podcast, Today Tonight, Channel Seven News, Sunrise, SBS World News and Channel Ten News.
Rae also hosted the Australian Game Developer Awards for the third year running, Bonus Stage, a monthly video game talk show at The Giant Dwarf Theatre, and spoke on panels at PAX Australia, RTX Australia and GX Australia.
Speaking to MCV Pacific about her inclusion in this year’s list, Rae said, “When you scroll through the names of the dedicated, brilliant individuals that make up ‘The Game Changers’, you’re looking at the people that influence me on a daily basis – that I turn to for advice and guidance. To be included among them in an incredible honour. I hope there are women and girls out there looking to enter the world of games as a career who come across this list and are as inspired by them as I am.”