MWEB GameZone writes: "According to a recent survey, woman gamers in the UK make up more than half of that nations gaming public."
That is quite a surprise
Well not really. Every time one of these surveys comes out it shows that women are taking a bigger and bigger piece of the pie. If anything, this survey is consistent with the facts we've been getting from the last few years.
It's based on 4000 people, it's pot luck and you can rest assured that 99% of those women played a game on their phone while sat on a bus or something.
54% of female gamers passing the time with candy crush saga on a smartphone is not gaming. Its just killing time with zero investment and nothing profound or meaningful being displayed on the games end. I wouldnt count those to be honest. Not in the traditional gaming sense. Props to the 46% of women surveyed who are playing truly artistic and thoughtful games that have something to say or show us. Games can be so much more than gameplay and it's good to know not all of them are having a watered down cash grab rehashed "puzzle" game smartphone experience.
trivia/word/puzzle= candy crush, farmville
They are all on mobile playing Kim Kardashian: Hollywood ;-)
incredible game btw
Surprise? Don't think so. Casual games are very big.
Mobile game shouldn't count.
Operative word being game. Just because somebody drives a rubbish car you cannot exclude them from a survey of drivers.
Yeah you can. :P
I think it's more like surveying everyone who drove a car the past six months as professional drivers. These surveys all tend to steer clear of mentioning how much the games are played and how diverse the consumption is. E.g. Spending an evening on and off in FarmVille is not the same as spending an evening in Counter Strike or an MMO raid. Also, while I can't access the research file in OP's link, they tend to bend data towards whatever they want. Just from the text, I notice that they say: "People aged 45-74 formed 27% of the gamer market compared to 22% who were aged between 8 and 17." Which means that people spanning 29 years play more games than people spanning 9 years. According to http://en.wikipedia.org/wik... that amounts to about 7 million 8-17 year olds and 21 million 45-74 year olds. They just included however many years they needed to make it a majority. Shenanigans, I say!
or Facebook games.
Mobile games shouldn't count? Why the hell not? You even put in your post the give away word, 'game'. Mobile, console, pc, smart tv.... whatever the device its being played upon is entirely irrelevant. Time to move with the times my friend.
I can't call myself a footballer if I just juggle the ball every now and then in my room... Playing free mobile or facebook games is not being a proper gamer. You need to own a console or a PC and play with it regularly.
That is why MS bought Minecraft. That game literally brings in women and casual and it has been on the top or near the very top of the UK chart month after month since its debute on x360.
I stopped when you said brings the casuals, unless you are mistaking casual for something else you couldn't be more wrong. People spend months making things in mine craft months and months, that is far from casual.
I'm from the UK and I call bullshit.
Looks like feminists are all the same around the world. These surveys are bullshit, gaming journalists want to push their agenda with that.
This is nothing new. The information that 50% of gamers are girls has been around for a while if anyone actually bothered to acknowledge it. It'd be nice if women got more respect in video games. Surely I'm not the only guy that is tired of all these female characters that completely lack personality and are only really there as male eye-candy.
That would happen if more women actually got up off their asses and made their own games. Men do not owe them any representation.
Stop counting facebook/phone games just because I watched a movie doesn't make me a movie buff. Same goes for gaming just because you play a game doesn't make you a gamer. does me kicking a ball make me a soccer player and does me driving a car make me a race car driver? NO!
Don't believe it for a second, amongst everyone I know, have met, or seen personally, three chick gamers out of a squad of say fifty or more guys, calling bollocks on this one.
Do your female friends not play mobile games?
Nope, more Facetime and social apps.
Women stayed home play games.. men went to war, and get killed..
"answered yes to having played some form of video game over the last six months" - So there are more women who play games, not women gamers. I'm a female gamer I count myself as a game because I play multiple games across multiple platforms, I wouldn't count myself as a 'gamer' if I only chose to play Facebook games or other mobile titles.
I am a man and was not part of this survey.
Well how many men do you know that play Farmville and/or Candy Crush Saga?
No wonder its more common for me to play with UK Women more than UK Men
Enough already!How many of these articles must be posted?We get it WOMEN GAME we got the message loud and clear..and i say...So what?Good for them.
That's not even the problem. The problem is that the numbers are intentionally skewed by not differentiating between a casual and a core gamer. There's a huge difference between the female friends I have that play Candy Crush, and those that play Gears of War. The former far outnumbers the latter, but these surveys would have you believe they all count the same. They don't. Driving a car doesn't make you a car enthusiast. Taking a flight doesn't mean you love planes.
welp, guess im moving to the UK.