Shocking! Nearly 50% of gamers are female, new ESA study finds

GameZone writes, "A new study by the Entertainment Software Association will hopefully put an end to a long-standing stereotypical belief about gamers with its findings. Gaming isn't being dominated by teenage boys, despite whatever preconceptions may exist."

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majiebeast1714d ago (Edited 1714d ago )

But how many of them play console or PC and how many is on phones,tablets and facebook? Cause i dont see games like candy crush and what other fad of the week game as real games.

Mr_Nuts1714d ago

I know, I hate studies like this because it still dosn't prove stuff...they are studying this in a world where most people call themselfs a gamer for playing on something like Angry Birds. Then you have people playing Wii Fit and other things like that thanks to the Wii making gaming mainstream and casual back in 2006, lets not forget those who feel they need to say their a gamer because gaming all of a sudden is cool and they feel like they need to be a part of it

Lets go back to when console were coming out and where the industry was growing bigger...the NES, SNES, 64, Sega Megadrive even the always had that stereotype "Oh those geeks and their computer games" and I bet that the majority of females were the ones to say that. The fact is back then gaming wasn't targeted to females, yes there was some girl gamers but they were made for men, why do you think even today the majority of the gaming industry is formed of men.

So yeah..rant over. I'm just sick of people trying to make a big deal over this equality thing and make it seem like gaming has always been for females aswell when the majority of them used to make fun of guys for playing on them

Anthotis1714d ago

I didn't realise there were so many knitting and housekeeping simulations for them to play.

specialguest1714d ago (Edited 1714d ago )

The report is flawed. First we have to define what a gamer is. Is it someone who simply plays video games, or is it a person who is dedicated to playing video games, the culture, and community? If a gamer is the latter, then no, those females are not gamers.

This report accounted everyone who plays video games whether on their phone for a quick amusement to pass time or the traditional gamer as a "gamer". The article report seems to be mixing the 2 definitions and culture up, drawing a flawed correlation between each other.

I do consider games like Angry Birds and Candy Crush real games, because there were games like those in the past on consoles which were considered "real" games. I think there is still a distinct line between the traditional gamer vs the person who casually plays simple games just to pass time. So I wouldn't consider those who casually play games a gamer in the traditional sense. I don't believe they openly call themselves a gamer either lol. I have many female friends who play mobile games, and never have they call themselves gamers. I don't even label myself a gamer, it's just a part of my life like working out or watching a movie.

YNWA961714d ago

Yeah, maybe someday you people will even talk to one of them.... Find out theres life out there....

Mr_Nuts1714d ago (Edited 1714d ago )


"You people"....are you trying to insult every male gamer of N4G. How mature

If your not a gamer yourself what you doing on this type of site

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zeal0us1714d ago

Games like candy crush and angry birds are real games. If they don't meet the requirement of "real games" then most of the earlier games like Pong and Tetris wouldn't qualify as real games as well.

It doesn't bother me when people who play a bunch of casual games or social networking games, call themselves gamers. I could see if there was some special benefits being called a gamer but there really isn't.

hiredhelp1714d ago (Edited 1714d ago )

Well my ansew to this article is My GF is a gamer i know many on my freinds list when was on ps3 on webcam that there wife's and GFs also played core games too. Now just think how many ppl have wives and gf to a gamer that also plays there games or have there own.. Sure numbers adds up.
Over the years more more female gamers have grown just gota look at E3 shows gamescon to name few go there look around. Personally i love fact there more female gamers

mav8051714d ago

@beast Exactly my thoughts.

TheTwelve1714d ago

I know girls who game like I do, but I also know a lot of housewives who do Farmville. Are they counting that too?

starchild1714d ago

My girlfriend is a gamer.

RedHawkX1714d ago

girls are mostly into fashion, smart phones, internet facbook, websites, movies, etc. most only play small and popular games that are on smart phones or internet browers because they are cheap and on the devices they use daily. they still use those device other functions way more then gaming on them. chicks talk and text thats what they like to do. I never seen a chick gaming for real on a console like dudes do. the ones that do play games most likely had a brother in the family or father who played.

also the chicks that who game for real are more likely paying nintendo games on nintendo consoles, or handhelds, or mmo social type games where they can talk and text alot.

GHOSTxx4201714d ago

You'd be surprised I know a lot of girls who play REAL games lile cod amd gears. [email protected] more power to them we need more gamer girls

Black-Helghast1713d ago

@Ghost: I don't consider girls who play cod real gamers either. Most of them play cod not for fun but for attention, chicks dig that crap. Example, when you see a woman in a cod lobby, there's always at least one guy who starts talking to her. Most of the time they hit on her and add her for no reason (I've seen it with one of my female friends a lot.) Another thing is, they only probably play games most people buy. Example Call of Duty, NBA 2k, etc. If you ask them about Bioshock, Borderlands, Metal Gear they'll be like huh? What? So yeah.

Hell I was getting to know this chick once and I told her I loved playing games and she was like oh my gaaah me toooo, I love playing call of duty and black ops. call of duty AND black ops. I mean, come on..

HammadTheBeast1714d ago

Well, Cooking Mama is pretty good....

I'm joking of course, just pointing this out now, before Yahoo News makes an article about how sexist N4G is.

3-4-51714d ago

Farmville apps and such don't count as much....but at least they are playing some kind of game. it's a start.

politikos1714d ago

Here here. Furthermore this isn't even news. There were studies being published back in 2005/06 saying exactly the same thing!

Gardenia1713d ago

Yeah, if you only include PC and consoles the numbers would be very different

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HeroPsychoDreamer1714d ago

All I know is that my girlfriend is definitely not part of that 50%.

Kingthrash3601714d ago

this^^^.....unless you include candy crush.....which I dont.

Heisenburger1714d ago (Edited 1714d ago )

Because you make the rules?

Because YOU say that they don't meet some arbitrary regulations?

Who do you think you are, some kind of a king? ;) lol

Jk man

I don't *know if they are what WE would call "gamers". But it also doesn't make me mad like some people on this thread(not you) that they label themselves as such.

Kingthrash3601714d ago

lol...yeah that just what I mean ...example: my girl is playing candy I speak she's next to me playing thats good and all but it doesnt make her a gamer.....why...because imo you have to do gamer things to be a gamer. was she watcing e3 live does she know the difference between wii and wiiu? or xbox and xbox1? hell no. does she get pissed when she hears the "beep" of the PlayStation booting up YES! yeah chicks play games but are they GAMERS? just depends on if they do gamer things imo.....I do know gamer girls shermae onthis very site is very much a cousins girl has beaten demon souls, tlou, all gta's, all tomb raiders hates uncharted and like to troll wiiu owners on yeah gamer girls our here but 50% is a little high imo.

SpideySpeakz1714d ago

The thing about statistics is that it's fundamentally bias down to it's root, and sometimes misleading.
Do these stats include the Casual audience? If so, then it isn't that 'shocking' after all. Women are the biggest Casual audience there is, and I don't consider casuals true gamers.

NihonjinChick1714d ago

Well, it depends what you mean by "casual". Games like Mario, Sonic, and others appeal largely to the casual market. Are you saying that those aren't true games?

Kratoscar20081714d ago

Mario and Sonic are emmisarries of the most Harcore eras of them all : The Nes/Snes days. They are the definition of harcore.

wishingW3L1714d ago (Edited 1714d ago )

yeah but only when you take into account the Facebook games and stuff.

Geovanny1714d ago

Not for console.Its probably like 5 percent on that.

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