Gaming and gender is being a rather popular subject lately. Pretty much all gaming bloggers and news sites wrote their *interesting* (:rolleyes:) points of view.
Buuut, I actually enjoyed Mike’s post in Game Girl Advance. Click it.
“Although the Frag Dolls and Morgan Webb and the PSP Licker are definitely all well-versed, well-meaning individuals who love gaming as much as anyone, is there something disconcerting about their media spotlight? Does the fact that video games can now be marketed as a good “turn on” for Playboy bunnies and super models mean that, in some way or another, a male-oriented market has sexualized the act of gaming? Are gaming girls being encouraged to like shoot-’em-ups because that’ll make them hotter? Put another way, which is more important to these media outlets: the gamer or the attractive woman? And if your answer is “both,” does that mean that these people are being marketed as some form of novelty, a financially-sound surprise based on a cynical belief the Venn Diagram of life rarely allows “gamer” and “woman” and “attraction” to intersect?”
July 19, 2005 at 8:14 pm
Maybe it’s just my personal survey, but I’ve come to a few conclusions about girls/women and video games.
– Most popular games: Tetris and Pang!, hands down. For most of them, the ONLY games they like, if at all.
– They tend to like more classic games than bleeding-edge games (i.e. the kind of classic games emulated in MAME or classic consoles). Also games like card games or Flash games.
– They tend to like more “original” or “abstract” games (i.e. nintendo fashion or DDR) than realistic or simulation games.
– They don’t like FPS or TPS games.
– They don’t like RPG or RTS games. Too complicated to be fun.
– They REALLY don’t like driving games unless they’re very “arcadised”.
– They’d be better reading or doing nothing than playing with a portable console or mobile phone in places such as the pool, the beach or traveling.
I know all the above is just generalization and I know some rare cases that tell the opposite (YOU!). But it’s mostly true throughout all the girls/women I know, geeks or not. On that matter, I think video-gaming girls are mostly geeks. But that’s not true at all with men.
I don’t know, it may be something cultural that even may be different between countries, or it may have something to do with the differences in our brains. It may be something that’s already changing and it’s just our generation that is this way. Who knows. 🙂