As a programmer for over 20 years, this flies in the face of all my experience. While, there may not be a direct correction to one’s mathematical abilities and one’s programming skills, I have never worked with a *good* programmer who disliked or was poor at math. You need have a strong mathematical background to be a decent programmer.
The real question here is why the hell a staff writer for The Atlantic who specializes in gender issues writing this article? From this quote: "From my experience, one thing you do need when learning to code is an ability to stifle your rage when computers don’t do what you want. Which is, alas, why I am not a good coder."
Sounds like she too some online "web coding" class, failed miserably, and decided to turn it into a bullshit, poorly researched story. I mean really "People who program video games probably need more math than the average web designer.” Probably? I mean that's like saying Olga Khazan is probably smarter than my dog. Although with articles this poorly written, maybe that's a bad analogy.