Kinect "incredibly liberating" for women; something about living rooms

Kinect is “incredibly liberating” for women, according to Belinda Parmar of

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AceofStaves2629d ago

What does Kinect "liberate" us from? The games industry doesn't oppress women. Women have the same opportunity to go out and purchase consoles and games, and to play those games, that men do.

Will Kinect enable more women to experience gaming? Possibly. But let's not get carried away. It's not going to lead a new social revolution. Gaming has come a long way since the 80's in terms of mainstream appeal, but it's just entertainment.

Perhaps Ms. Parmar doesn't realize that many women are already gamers, and have been since childhood.

mistajeff2629d ago

im pretty sure the last statistic i saw (which was about a year ago) said that 40% of gamers are female. i don't have a source for that though. BUT STILL.

Neckbear2629d ago (Edited 2629d ago )

Of that 40%, 39% either are "gamers" because they play Farmville (Along other Facebook/iPhone/Flash games), buy OMG TEH H4L0Z, or something like that.


If you enjoy videogames as a hobby and nothing else, then yes, you are.


Indeed, alot of people just play COD, Halo and Sport games, but I believe most of the "hardcore" gamers that are out there are male.

@Mr Bun

Indeed, and would you call such people "gamers"?

No, right?

Well then.

Baka-akaB2629d ago

true , but then again it's a bit as true for male gamers .

How many play the same cod or party/sports games than everyone plays , as opposed to the amount of "hardcore" gamers ?

Mr_Bun2629d ago

Kinect is aimed directly at the same people who are considered gamers because they play Farmville

darthv722629d ago

I dont believe the word is being used by its intended definition. Liberating as in a liberating experience (enlightening, fulfilling) as opposed to the freedom of oppression definition of liberating.

It's easy to confuse things in the way they are spoken to the way others hear them.

BillOreilly2629d ago

I know lots of women that could destroy you at halo. Theyre pretty hardcore about gaming. I also know that EVERY girl outside of those hardcore gamers play facebook games. My woman is always playing that island game and the shopping game(like mafia wars except level up and get cute shoes!!!!OMG) LOL

Kurt Russell2629d ago

I just found out one of my ex girlfriends is a bit of a gamer now... Should of kept hold of that one ;)

anh_duong2629d ago

i would say the vibrating move controller as the most liberating for single women

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mistajeff2629d ago (Edited 2629d ago )

edit - site glitched, double post, please delete

Longrod_Von_Hugendon2629d ago (Edited 2629d ago )

She has the crazy eyes.


(and the article is nothing but nonsense)

AceofStaves2629d ago (Edited 2629d ago )

So I guess I'm in the other 1%? ;D

@Mr. Bun: Exactly. The 'casual gaming' audience spends a lot of money to enjoy their hobby. That's why Sony and MS are chasing after Wii's success. While that may upset some "hardcore" gamers, the companies aren't going to turn down viable revenue streams in order to appease one section of the gaming public.

Mr_Bun2629d ago (Edited 2629d ago )

I thought the topic was regarding women being oppressed with respect to gaming...not justifying the casual market.

Bottom line is that I agree that females, although in the minority, have the same opportunities to game...whether it's hardcore or casual.

...and her pic looks like she's come off a 3 day Farmville bender

Parapraxis2629d ago

Look at her eyes...those are not the eyes of a stable

Zeevious2629d ago

I'd put away the kitchen knife set.

I'm not understanding this at all...a relationship is a partnership...not a battle for who has control of the living room.

I think the very basis for her approach is what's putting her in this mindset that she's starting out fighting for something.

Games are for fightin' -- Real life is for luvvin'

Pennywise2629d ago

The kitchen! HAhaha... I kid, I kid.

This is a ridiculous article.

Zeevious2628d ago

...Play Kinect Barefoot & Pregnant -- in the Kitchen...

This may explain my past 37 failed relationships.

There's just not enough room for Kinect in the kitchen!

jessupj2629d ago

If only every woman was as sensible and mature as you when it comes to "female oppresion". Well done sir... err ma'am.

pixelsword2629d ago

See, that's why I hate sites like this: it makes stupid points to hock a product under the guise of a story.

himdeel2629d ago makes it seem as if women are intimidated by controllers or are physically unable to use a regular controller. Likewise she sounds VERY out of touch to comment that video games aren't in living rooms but tucked away. Hell EVERYONE I know has at least ONE game system in their house and most often in their living room. Don't know what country she lives in but whoever has the remote rules the living room in my house.

King-Leonidas2629d ago (Edited 2629d ago )

''Liberate''.. . from the KITCHEN!! lol lol JK JK JK

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MinskyM2629d ago

I know.

The crazy, it burns.

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Paradise Lost2629d ago

Is this a joke? Fuck me..this is embarassing as a 360 owner.

GeoramA2629d ago

I'm finding it pretty hilarious, actually.

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BabyTownFrolics2629d ago

but the wife uses the xbox more now than she ever has, and has purchased dance central and your shape fitness. These are the first video games she has purchased for herself and not as gifts for me or family. so MS may just have opened up a revenue stream for themselves that was yet untapped.

BabyTownFrolics2629d ago

what is wrong with my comment?

Fact #1 - my wife uses the xbox now
Fact #2 - my wife purchased 2 games for herself
Fact #3 - MS now has a customer of their games that they did not have before

why the disagrees?

kerrak2629d ago (Edited 2629d ago )


Maybe because when you talk about the past and the present (my wife uses xbox, my wife purchased 2 games, ...) you are talking about last week.
If in 6 months your wife is still using kinect and buying, let's say 1 game every 3 months, then i'll agree with your comment.

On the other hand, there are not that many wives that don't know about the wii.

BabyTownFrolics2629d ago (Edited 2629d ago )

how this works.

kerrak thats some very specific requirements there, i know gamers who barely buy games and mostly use gamefly but under your requirements they would not count as gamers.

there is no winning here if you dont follow the mob, the mob may change, but the rules do not.

kerrak2629d ago

You said "MS may just have opened up a revenue stream for themselves that was yet untapped". Not me.
Gamers who "barely buy games" aren't the type of thing that MS is looking for nor what you mentioned.

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RBLAZE19882629d ago

This is just another blow to real gamers. The ones who do it because they have a passion for it and have been doing it for a long time. Once companies see that it's way easier to make a profit off of kinectimals than a AAA title we can say good buy to gaming as we know it. Actually I don't know if we're ever gonna go back to when it was good because now we have companies trying ot get everyoen into it for pure profit. Not everyone needs to play video games or be a gamer. Just like not everyone is an artist or a good public speaker and etc...I just feel like people are latchin onto kinect and motion gaming because it's the new in thing. Don't worry in a few years when most get tired of it we'll still be there supporting the industry like we have been. Look at the wii nobody is buying it or the software unless it's a nintendo staple franchise like mario and what not. Motion gaming is a fad and people are trying so hard to make it into the future of gaming which is depressing.

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