ONM's Fred Dutton asks why there are still far more male gamers than girl gamers...
It's something you pick up as a child. Girls are thaught to play with Dolls and dress up and guys play with Action figures and Video Games. That's why guys dont like Dolls and girls dont like video games lol. But there's exception though my Sisters play videoGames with me at times but it depends on of the game. My youngest sister likes playing SmackDown Vs Raw because we're both fans of Wrestling and my other sister likes horror games because she's a Scary Flick fanatic.
You're right, guys are conditioned to be interested in video games as children. I think our genetic makeup also predisposes us to being more interested in video games. Men typically are more drawn to action and violence, which most games have plenty of. When it comes down to it, video games have just evolved to suite men more than women. The first games were so basic that they were gender neutral (for lack of a better term) but as games evolved there were more male players and so developers naturally designed games to suit their audience. There are plenty of women who play, but look at the games that release on a weekly basis, they are clearly geared toward the male demographic. If they made more games that appealed to women then there would probably be more female gamers.
I partially disagree with both of you, and here is why: Although all you have mentioned is not false, it does not represent the main reason why women are less attracted to games. About a year ago I took the time and asked plenty of women about this (I'm guessing over a hundred, different ages, different social and cultural background). The one thing that constantly popped up was that most games are in their opinion a waste of time. Exploring this further I noticed their need of gaining something tangible from such an experience, especially if the experience is a complicated/demanding one. So this is why you will notice a lot of women (or at least more than men) are attracted to mind challenging games, sims or economical strategy games. They feel they are somehow training or at least they "grow" something (cities, little pet dragons, characters). If they are interested in just fun, they will most likely turn towards simple games such as Zuma for example. So the more complicated layers of gameplay you add to a game such a RTS, RPG, FPS, etc the less chances are a woman would be interested in. It demands too much of her and gives so little back: just fun. You could argue that if a game is fun, then you can't ask more. Agreed, if you are a man. But consider the fact that they find this "fun" much easier in places inaccessible or not attractive to men. Wall of text, oops. :)
Back then it use to be guys play with toy guns and girls play with the dolls, but things have changed, guys play with video games and girls.....what is it exactly what girls do at an early age....text?
Well most of the games are for boys I guess you rarely find girls like halo or MGS but they would love to play Guitar Hero or platformers Let me get a girlfriend first then I'll decide what to do with her xD but I guess it will start with LittleBigPlanet , Natal and the Arc controller and some music games this goes to movies too right ? but movies are for relaxing and not to get frustrated while playing Ninja Gaiden for example
You guys are looking too far into this. The actual reason is they're too busy cooking, ironing and sewing to play games.
The stereotype, thats why.
Because men and women are different. Different interests for different sexes.
Bingo. And there's nothing wrong with that. 12
exactly right on the money
You are smarter than 99% of college professors.
Chicks are too preoccupied with the continuation of the species. Yeah, I don't get it either.
Females are the weaker sex.
no wonder you have only one bubble.
Stupid questions, here. It's because they're girls and that's ok. I love women just as they are and I love that they don't play games as easily or as often as we do. What the heck...do we want girls to be just like guys? I don't. 12
Too many reviewers are begging for girls online. My girl games. I met her outside like a normal person. freaking geeks.
'cause its "teh sezx"
my girl friend just thinks they're pointless, she'd prefer shopping any day.
Ladies are in the kitchen cleaning.
is in the kitchen making me nachos and opening my beers and doing my laundry.
it depends on what u mean with "games" cause a lot of females play some of the games found in Facebook like Cafe World, Farmtown etc. Course they r some exceptions to this rule, some girls like FPS and RPG'S but if u ask them some of them had a brother there or the majority of their friends are male so different settings different reasons but girls do game... in their own way.
My sister loves GTAIV, i traded it in, and so was pissed, she said she was going to buy another one, for my 360.
men have penis' and women have vagina's...simple as that
A really good way to have a gamer girlfriend is to get the girl while she is young. 5 - 10. Girls this young will play the games and also you can spend years making them into obedient ladies who see you as the only source of athority in thier lives. Now a few important things to note: -You want to kidnap girls between 5 - 10 because under 5 is just to young and you don't want to have to change diapers or potty train. Let the parents do that for you. Not over 10 because by then they have already gone to far down I'm a girl road. You got to get them before they really understand the differences between boys and girls. -age of legal consent in your area. Don't bang childern. Thats nasty. -Kidnapping is most likely illegel where you live. Don't go blabbing to your buddies about your basement full of future gamer girls. -Kidnapping girls from certain areas of the world is much easier then trying to take a kid in a more developed country. Great countries to kidnap from include, China, parts of Africa, parts of South America, Mexico(hell they want to come here anyway). Haiti has a large number of recent orphans to choose from. Happy Hunting & Gaming
Oh, girls are around and playing games. We just keep quiet about it. Why? See most of the comments above mine. I think I speak for all girl gamers when I say I don't have time for retards.
vagina market has fell girls are pretty much giving it away
there's like 1 girl who plays games to every 1000 guys that does.
They're too busy making sandwiches.
In addition to the social institutions of what a little girl should play with and what a little boy should play with, video games are made and marketed to please boys. The extremely high percentage of boys and men who played video games in the early days shaped the video game industry as we see it today. there are very few things about modern games that appeal to women; at least to women who have been definitely affected by society's expectations of them. There isn't a large percentage of the woman pop who are unaffected by social institutions but there is a nice amount who tend to like "boy" or "male" things, activities, and entertainment. most main characters of video games are men, making men able to identify with them better than women can automatically. When you play as a girl in mass effect, from my understanding, you still have the same sexual interactions with women as a boy shepard would. I may be wrong. Bottom line, until game designers seriously consider the female audience often, guys will always play them more than girls. They can't always service everybody
Games are made by guys for guys.
Girls don't play games cuz girls mostly don't play anything. Not sports not games mostly they don't play anything or have any hobbies at all. They jus like sitting around talk bs watch tv and talk and fascinate about boys. They just about suck at every physical activity you can think of doing with them (even sex sometimes) and drag you to hell trying to fck up everything in your life that requires a challenge IF U LET THEM. A real man always keeps his b....h in check
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