Jessica Curry of the Chinese Room (sort of) steps down
Jessica Curry, one of The Chinese Room’s co-heads, is stepping down (in a way) from her position for a myriad of reasons.
In a blog post written this morning, Curry explains she has a degenerative illness that has been affecting her over the last few years. Along with self-reported pressures of working under Sony as a publisher for Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture, her disposition about working under another company has harmed her mental and physical state.
Along with the poor development cycle that has taken a toll on her health and drive, Curry also points out some examples in which she been sexually discriminated against within the games industry. Much of this, as stated by her, pertains her position as being married to Dan Pinchbeck, Creative Director at the studio, and the explicit or implicit ways people within the industry act with that relationship.
“Because I’m actually very bossy I have one final piece of advice for you all. It’s very simple: do what makes you happy. People often ask me (with a tinge of annoyance at times) why I’m so cheerful, silly, full of mischief, always laughing. Well, one thing that you learn when you are degenerating (as we all are I suppose, some just more quickly than others) is to make the very best of every single day. To see the beauty, the ridiculousness, the wonder, the hope, the sadness, the sheer magnificence of the world around us. I exhort you to laugh, love and really live.
Curry still has a fluid position at The Chinese Room as a Company Director and will continue to compose music for the developer’s future projects. Her music can be found within the studio’s titles: Dear Esther, Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs, and Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture.