Girl gamers are about half the gaming population, and they are growing fast.
>Half If you count all the housewives playing games on facebook... maybe. Which I think that percentage is factoring in. Edit: According to this article, 80% of "girl gamers" prefer the wii over the ps3/360. Point proven.
Don't hit on me silly boys.
Female gamers do exist, they're called casual gamers, and they are the market that has been growing as per the article's statistics. They have grown because of the Wii explosion of popularity, the explosion of minigame facebook popularity, but I'm sure if you're reading this, you're neither of those things. Casual gamers don't read gaming sites, and they don't read reviews. They play what their friends are playing, and what gets marketed to them outside of typical game marketing channels like gaming websites and Spike TV. This is why shovelware sells so well on the Wii, or at least it did, until the fickle casual audience got bored and now Nintendo is left trying to look for another answer, which it thinks is the Wii U given the explosive popularity of tablets. The article suggests that women are kicking butt in gaming, but really, all they're doing is swinging Wii remotes here and there, and largely playing Farmville and other Facebook and iPhone games.
Only when "girl gamers" stop pointing out they are female will they get any respect. Just be a gamer. I don't give a sh!t you have a pu$$y ... but now that I know it, I feel better about winning and I'm gonna trash you on the mic. Be a gamer. Don't look for attention by telling us you're a girl.
Maybe their are some girls who don't go the obvious route that put "girl" in their gamertags. Idk, all i know is that their seems to be alot of more male gamers than female gamers.
Agreed. The ones who do...well still, you never know who's behind the username. I'd say the majority of them that do are looking for attention doing that. The others might have their own reason.
Thats because there are a lot more male gamers than female. I have 3 legit chicks I play with. Which is about 5% of my friends lists. By legit I mean really good players ... not attention grubbing brats.
Agreed. was in Gamestop and there was some girl attempting to flirt and she was like "oh my god I love video games so much!!!!" then she goes to the Gamestop person and says "do you have mario or Sonic on the 360?!?! Those games rock!" lmao On the other hand though, the Gamestop person was also a girl and she actually played video games. Had a nice conversation about Metal Gear after flirty brat left the store lol
A girl that can hold a conversation about Metal Gear? Do tell.
There's a girl at my local EB Games that knows here shit as well. It's a nice change of pace.
Yes, I do think that a lot of the stats are due to mobile gaming, etc, but at least it is letting women get their foot in the door of gaming.
No Shite! They are all playing League of Legends, DayZ, DotA2, and Tera Online right now!!!! I just got CRUSHED by several in DotA2. (Made some new Skype Honey's so losing was worth it)
"Made some new Skype Honey's" Milk just came out my nose.
Lmao, skype honeys, you're not doing PC gamers any favors by posting this comment brah. Most people already think PC Gaming = Virginity solidly intact.
I personally know some 80-90 people that play games, add my friends list from my PSN account 50 more... let's call it 135... out of that 135... 3 from my psn account are for a fact girls (4 more claim to be) so ill give it 7 and personally know 9 so 16 out of 135=12%(and Im rounding up) I live in NW Ohio so my demographic is probably different from some one in L.A. or Europe or Asia, but i figure that is alot closer than the 50% Note: One of the most well informed people that work at the Gamestop I go to is female.
Of course they are probably considering every piece of gaming industry here, which is OK with me, my sister play a lot of mini web based games, some RTS and The Sims. In some periods she invest more time in games than me, so it's hard to call her casual just because her taste is different than mine. What bugs me is, if they are 50%, why the hell segregate themselves and go for the "specific group" gamer label? We're all gamers. Can't we call it a day and move on? Now if we're talking developers, that's a different matter. I believe the industry could use more female devs, specially in lead design areas of highly marketed games. If we look at movies or books it's easy to understand why some games don't have the appeal over women. And the more the merrier, diversity is never a bad thing.
welcome to 1999 @daymon and what point was that ? That just because they enjoy casual games that makes them less a gamer ?I like casual games... as a matter of fact casual games introduced me to more hardcore games.
>Because they enjoy casual games that makes them less of a gamer. Yes and no, it's the fact that they play ONLY casual games/shovelware that makes them less of a gamer.
Well 1.thats not a fact.They dont only play casual games 2.Liking a certain type or style of gaming shouldnt make anyone less of a gamer. If my sister plays angry birds and that restaurant game more than I play gt5 and cod she is just as much of a gamer as me. It doesnt matter what game it is.A game is a game
Girl gamers exist but they ain't super hot like most men think as thee super hotties are out clubbing etc.. A lot use games for modelling purposes I see it all the time claiming there massively into games and then flash there bodies at every opportunity.
By your logic, you're a sweaty, socially awkward dork, just like the rest of the gaming community.
I always find that female gamers are just looking for attention when they go on. They think guys will like them joining in. I rarely find a girl gamer but when I do they seem to just like the attention though they get put down for sucking at game etc.
Comments like this are why I use voice modulation in games so people assume I'm 10, or just don't chat at all.
Dam lady if the dude behind the counter barely looked at you its because your man was with you and he probably didn't want to offend him. News flash miss writer when a dude looks at a girl 90% of the time we are checking yous out. Ain't nothing to do with you being a female but woman are paranoid like that. So stop with the girl power BS already lol. Maybe if woman stopped giving out to us men all the time about playing video games and maybe we'll realize a lot more girls play video games than we think.
One thing is for sure there are more males gamers than female and that's because we as boys grew up with gaming so we still do it. Also me thing I never liked in gaming is ow every females game character has to have big boobs or bg butt and look more like a porn star than a gaming heroine. I think developers have to do a better job of getting female gamers interested in more core games. Females gamers are interested in games just look at all the iPad or Facebook games along with 3ds and wii games like cooking mama etc, so if a game tries to reach out to a female audience I think it can be successful. I read somewhere that a lot of Mae gamers don't prefer a female as a main character so there are many sides to this story. Right now we have a small percentage of females gamers and rest if them are casual gamers. No offense
You also have to factor in that this gen wireless controllers came standard so now they can play from the kitchen.
how many of these article do we get a year.. I think it's at least once a month, it's getting really annoying, in a few weeks time I'm sure will have an article about lesbian and gay gamers too *sigh* Yes we know Girl gamers, lesbian gamers, and gay gamers exist..We dont care nor think about them 24/7 infact its more close to never that we think of them, unless another of these articles pop up. This is such a tired topic.
Yes I know, I was talking to one of yall lastnight.
Great article. I created my own magazine called BioGamer Girl a couple years back, because there were no other magazines dedicated to girl gamers other than the dreadful Nintendo Magazine. Real girl gamers exist, and they can kick butt just as well as the guys!
That is fascinating, but your logic is flawed: One, a video game magazine is exactly that, genderless. It pertains to the hobby in itself, and only the hobby. Or well, it should, but thanks to people like you such standard is apparently an utopian fantasy. Second, most males who play video games never "kick butt" (referring to the expression in all its juvenile whole), unless they're pubescent, stupid, or mayhaps both. I'm quite sure we refer to that as, uh, "playing games", a term that is undoubtedly too complicated, refined and eloquent for you and your kin, or so it would seem...
You are an angry little man. I've got a 17 year old sister who games. And I would bet my left nut she could take you to school on Halo or COD. She kicks my ass and has been since she was about 10 years old. I'd bet on my sister over anyone on this website. The girl was just expressing her love of games. Sure she ribbed a little, but you act like she kicked your dog or something. Grow up for crying out loud.
Amen. Women like her are whats WRONG for the gaming community, not whats right. I am proud that my friends, male and female, dont make seperate magazines, clans, sessions, etc. They learned as a child to play together, not apart. And unity comes from being united, not seperated. And I lol'd at the refined and eloquent part. You made my day sir !
***Or well, it should, but thanks to people like you such standard is apparently an utopian fantasy. *** Actually, it's typically thanks to men that magazines focus on male topics and likes...
Nvm, I'll be nice.
Sorry Missy but anyone who calls themselves a "gamer girl" is just looking for attention. Whether it's special treatment, to impress guys or just to use it as bait for something or other. Just be a gamer without attaching gender tropes to your hobby and you'd be much cooler in my eyes. @LividAss You can't be serious... I'm not homophobic or anti-gay but what's the freakin point in that?. Why attach sexuality to a hobby that has nothing to do with sex? No offense meant but that's pretty silly. It's like creating a fan club for snowboarders who have a passion for apples. Unless you're planning to promote homosexuality in games themselves, there's no point.
We know. You won't stop writing articles about how awesome your gender is. It's very annoying.
I find it amazing to see so many men telling women to act normal when normal to them is not necessarily normal to others. "Why can't you act like other gamers?" "Well, I guess I could. I'll start saying "Boobs!" and "Dat Ass!" in submissions with half-naked chicks as the submission icon. I can troll about consoles in some worthless console war that gets us nowhere except to call each other immature names. I can play the games that you guys tell me to play and how you tell me to play them. I'll do this all, I'll change who I am, just so I can be "normal"!" I find you guys a bit ridiculous. We sit here each week debating one's opinion on a video game review and then we act like that opinion doesn't affect so much more or is based on many factors that make us up. You know, like our sex, race, background, friends, and so on. And then you, while you sit there and share your opinions that are based on who you are, try to tell others to not be who they are or share who they are in a way that others will understand that we're all different for many reasons but not because of our sex. /confused
More likely the dude just didn't feel comfortable chatting you up with your husband standing there.
It's hard to be treated equally when one side wants more attention than the other....
It gets even worst if you consider that the number of the woman who plays video games is irrelevant. This trend can only damage the woman image, very stupid attitude. It seems they are unable to learn from their mistakes.
I'm a boy gamer! You may not think I'm a gamer because I'm a boy but NO! If you don't believe me, I can beat YOU in super brawl brothers and you may think I choose a masculine character like snake because i'm a boy but no, I choose peach.... because I think she's hot.
No way! I'm a boy gamer too! Sometimes I feel like I'm the only one, but it's so nice to know that there are others out there JUST LIKE ME! I wish we could have a website or a magazine or a BOYS ONLY games conference because, sometimes, I just don't feel comfortable with all those girls around. I hope other boy gamers will post lots of comments because I desperately need the attention because I'm a boy gamer!
i know right? everytime im playing the war shooting game online once they find out im actually a boy kicking butt in the game they immediately start flirting and asking me out on dates they say things like hey big boy whats your name? its so uncomfortable idk y they find out im a guy its not like my tag name is a dead giveaway (its manly man gamer dude364 btw) or they insult me and say why are you here playing games when you should be building me a kitchen with your man hands
"building me a kitchen with your man hands" Freakin' Lol'd right there.
Too bad practically none of you resemble this picture.
There is one that resembles the picture. (By that is Pretty if thats what you mean.) Long dark hair. Very interesting dark brown eyes and a Very very pretty face. Cosplayed as Tasha from Contra Legacy of War at the Recent Comic con 2012. Cosplayed as Sniper Wolf as well.
To be honest I don't think it was an issue of the guy not thinking you were a gamer. He just knew you were with a guy and in cases like that it is always safer to talk to the person of the same sex as not to give the wrong impression If a female cashier spent all her time focused on the male of a couple she would be seen by many to be flirting. He doesnt know you or your husband so its safer to not risk it. I did this a lot in retail myself because I've seen husbands and BF get jealous for having a conversation with their gf or wife. Just my personal opinion based off my experience in retail Go back without your hubby and see if you get the same type of treatment Also where are you getting your statistics from because they honestly seem low compared to what I have read. I noticed this isnt linked to any of the portable areas of this site. Thats one area where gamer girls vastly outnumber gamer guys according to Nintendos statistics for DS and other sources I have read over the years. My local Gamestop is all gamer girls and I love going there alone. If my girl is with me I dont get the same attention from the hot cashier there that I like so much. We only talk about games of course but she seems to keep her distance more when my gf is with me but I dont think its because she doesnt think I am a gamer.
Exactly, she is simply being respectful. Idk why people today seem to be so stuck on being the victim. I'd much rather just enjoy life and stop feeling like everyone is after me.
Very wise. Because some people can perceive innocuous statements as double-entendre or some people in couples can project their issues onto an innocent bystander. He's insecure so he tries acting tough toward you... She wants to make him feel jealous so she flirts with you... ---Keep your distance...
My one friend in highschool always thought girls wanted to marry him if the girls spoke to him on more then one occasion. He'd be like "Man she speaks to me every day man, I think she likes me." and I'll go "dude girls speak to me all the time too. It doesnt mean Jack S***! Their just being friendly," Then goes all defense mode blabbering off saying im just jealous yack yack.. Just for the girl to reject him days later telling him "We are just friend, nothing more... EVER" LOL He even thought that a party invite was a love letter once. Seeing he got his invitation first for arriving at school early that day, running to me as I arrived at school going .."Man I just got a love letter!" and I asked him "did you read it yet?" he said "Nah didnt want to look too desperate!" Finding out later that day everybody in our grade got the same letter for an invitation party. Man I LOLEd for days after that!
Guy gamers also exist.
I hadn't noticed. :P
and all of them are fat nerds with neck beards and man-boobs that live on the basement of their parent's house..
Actually I live in the attic, but you werent far off my good man.
There are some really cute girl gamers, they do exist. The nice thing is that these girls are usually not stuck up snobs "too good" for video games, so its double win. Can't stand it when a girl gets all ticked off or whatever the second your playing a video game and not "paying attention to her!" That and fake eye brows have been getting rather bad as of late lol....whats the attraction in it?
Fake eyebrows. Where did that come from, but yeah, what's with fake eyebrows. My husband thinks it's funny when I'm so into a video game that I forget he's there.
From the picture pretty sure her eye brows are draw on, i was going to go off on it, but meh lol I just noticed a lot of girls doing it lately, and some of them are really bad at it....haha
My grandpa is gamer, so what ?
The way it's going, pretty soon all grandpa's will be gamers.... As one amusing philosoraptor said, in the future, retirement homes will host lan parties instead of bingo nights....
Girls we get that you play games but goddamn its just the same thing over and over its getting annoying
No shit. The novelty of girls playing games wore off from mainstream gaming a long time ago. Why do we continually see these articles of 'girl gamers'? People calling themselves a gamer is bad in my opinion. I like playing games, it is a hobby of mine. It is not my defining characteristic. But if you insist on calling yourself a gamer, why do girl gamers insist on equality and for guys to back off being assholes but then blatantly but a divide between them by calling themselves a 'girl gamer'? Is gamer not good enough? Should males that play games be called 'guy gamers'? Didn't think so. Girls play games. Big whoop.