Jessica Zammit started writing in 2013 for Start Select Media, and for the next five years she followed her interest in writing about representations of mental health, diversity and particularly sexuality in video games.
Her passion for writing saw her start working as a freelance where she began working for places such as PlayWrite and PC World, covering events such as EB Expo, GX Australia, RTX Australia and PAX Australia as a part of the press.
Jessica’s work with Queerly Represent Me began in 2016 as a data analyst, where she was helping to analyse the results of the 2016 Representation Survey. As a stats tutor and Bachelor of Psychology (Hons) degree holder, this was right up her alley. Jessica also spoke about diversity in games at PAX Aus 2016, and has featured on several other discussions in and around the topic of representation in games and games criticism.
She continued her work with Queerly Represent Me by helping conduct the 2017 and 2018 Representation Surveys and help analyse the data collected. She also played a large role in updating and maintain data for Queerly Represent Me and their database of over 1400 queer games.
Jessica’s passion about representation in games continues with her regular updates to the Queer Games Journey (since 2017) and helping collate for Queerly Represent Me’s Zine “Represent” in 2018.
Alongside all of this, Jessica started Queerly Represent Me’s book club podcast alongside co-host Saf Davidson, which is supported by QRM founder Alayna Cole and features weekly games industry guests, presented several academic talks at DiGRA Games Conference 2017, wrote the well-received article “Adoption, pseudo-adoption, and video games” which was published to Hyper, and spoke at Freeplay 2018 on attitudes towards diversity in games.
Jessica told MCV Pacific about her inclusion on the Women in Games list, “I’ve been following the Women in Games list for a few years now, and have always admired the women that have been included in previous years. To be included alongside these incredible women is absolutely phenomenal.”