Kinect is “incredibly liberating” for women, according to Belinda Parmar of ladygeek.com.
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.
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.
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. @AceofStaves If you enjoy videogames as a hobby and nothing else, then yes, you are. @Baka-akaB 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.
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 ?
Kinect is aimed directly at the same people who are considered gamers because they play Farmville
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.
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
I just found out one of my ex girlfriends is a bit of a gamer now... Should of kept hold of that one ;)
i would say the vibrating move controller as the most liberating for single women
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She has the crazy eyes. *shivers* (and the article is nothing but nonsense)
and a dick nose
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.
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
Look at her eyes...those are not the eyes of a stable person...lol
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'
The kitchen! HAhaha... I kid, I kid. This is a ridiculous article.
...Play Kinect Barefoot & Pregnant -- in the Kitchen... This may explain my past 37 failed relationships. Plus... There's just not enough room for Kinect in the kitchen!
If only every woman was as sensible and mature as you when it comes to "female oppresion". Well done sir... err ma'am.
See, that's why I hate sites like this: it makes stupid points to hock a product under the guise of a story.
...it 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.
''Liberate''.. . from the KITCHEN!! lol lol JK JK JK
That chick looks insane.
I know right.
I know. The crazy, it burns.
Is this a joke? Fuck me..this is embarassing as a 360 owner.
I'm finding it pretty hilarious, actually.
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.
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?
@BabyTownFrolics 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.
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.
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.
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.
Kinect "incredibly casual" for "hardcore" gamers, according to a random internet neckbeard. And you know it's true.
really...This lady either loves to hear herself talk and wanted to get on tv or she was paid to spout this complete hype bs.
Boy, woman's lib sure has gone downhill.
Liberating for women?..Well..Then
i think this is more about the choice that Women, or more about Mother's being able to control what Games come into the living room of their House Hold. Many mother's would in many cases like to avoid game's like GTA, or games with severe violence coming into their Home or Living Room at all. Kinect games allow that freedom, at least right now..lol That may seem a little sexest, but Many Mother's if you would show them Eyepet, or GTA which would they choose for their young Kid's? to be played in the living Room. Mom has her book reading club over and little timmy is playing GTA in the living Room picking up a hooker? That does not mean older Kid's could not have their own system in their bed room, but the living Room that's another story..lol I may get some disagree's for that but i think it's pretty Spot on, if your a younger Kid or your married and you ask your Wife which game would she choose to have being played in the living room, many women more often time choose something less violent than more times than not. there was already statistic's and studys on this very same subject in http://spp.sagepub.com/cont... Game's have many psychological trait's attached to them
I showed my Mom Gta4 and some deaths you can pull off and she was shocked but laughing at the same time. When i showed her Kinect she was like "That's all they have?" (for games)
Your mom sounds like a hot milf...
Wii had the freedom 4 years ago. Honestly, many mothers would have brought that and even now since it's cheaper if we are going by that logic.
Sure it is, their husbands finally have incentive to clear out the living room...
"I am woman, hear me roar! Now let's go play Kinectimals, they are SO ADORABLEZ!" I just don't get this article.
the core point is many women in the Household do in fact control the living room. that's not to say single ladies cannot enjoy a little GTA..lol. It's not about Who was there first what one other game company bought out before another one does, this is mainly about Women and How they view Video games and what kind of Video Games they want in their Living Room. The Wii is a great Example along with Move and Now Kinect, all Three have Motion controlled Games and Many of those games that are Motion controlled are family friendly. the Fact that Mother's who may have young Kids have more freedom to choose games that would be played in the Living room for the whole family family time together is very important alot of that has been lost in my opinion, but that's another subject..lol. If you want to play that game go upstairs, but not in my living room. it's kind of saying that Women and Mainly Mother's can be more open to game consoles in the living room, but at the same time many mother's would want to choose what games are to be played there. At least while she's there.. example: couple with a PS3 Husband : Madden 2011 comes out today Wife: oh that's nice, you want more sport's when you already have the sport's channel, Monday night football, Sunday night Football. Wife: where is that game console again, yea in my living room where i already see sport's almost every day as is, yea that's what i want more sport's... Husband: well there's also Sport's champion's Wife: what's that? Husband: it has vollyball.. Wife: say no more let's get that.... in this example : she wanted really anything that did not pertain to Football.
mistajeff + 51m 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. 40% of gamers are female? Damn, you're lucky if you live in a country where 40% of gamers are female. I seriously doubt it is the case where I live... -_-'
Women control the living room? I WILL NOT HAVE MY LIVING ROOM CONTROLLED BY A SEX. MEN'S LIBERATION...BAND TOGETHER MEN...fight for our rights in the living room! We shall not be oppressed!...IN OUR OWN LIVING ROOMS. Who's WITH ME!? No?...Just me? Ok :(...I'll go back to my basement. T_T
500 million advertising at its best
sorry im not going to even bother reading this but that title along with that picture had me definatly chuckling to myself. just something about it.
Bring on the women
Go back to your kitchen and make a ham sandwich,woman ! Now wasn't that liberating.
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