Female Gaming: Removing the Stereotype

Since their development in the early 1940s/1950s, video games have been seen as a ‘boy’s toy.’ Over the past few years, the amount of female gamers has increased, though the online gaming community is still dominated by males. According to a recent survey, there is approximately a ratio of 40/60 female to male gamers.

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worm20102572d ago (Edited 2572d ago )

'Since their development in the early 1940s/1950s, video games have been seen as a ‘boy’s toy.’

i never knew their were video games in the 1940s/1950s

Titanz2571d ago (Edited 2571d ago )

I guess they considered rolling a hop with a stick, a game?(j/k).

"boy's toy" :l

captain-obvious2571d ago

girls suck

;) ;) ;) ;) ;) ;) ;) ;) ;) ;)

M-Easy2571d ago

Where the hell is warprincess? This is right up her alley.

Sabian1872571d ago (Edited 2571d ago )

Look it up, short bus.

Via Wikipedia....
1942: NIM
Raymond Redheffer of M.I.T had an article published in 1948 about how to play a NIM device he "allegedly"[citation needed] created through 1941 to 1942.
(Could Have Been Fake)

1947: Cathode Ray Tube Amusement Device
The earliest known interactive electronic game was by Thomas T. Goldsmith Jr. and Estle Ray Mann on a cathode ray tube. The patent was filed on January 25, ((1947)) and issued on December 14, ((1948)).
The game was a missile simulator inspired by radar displays from World War II. It used analog circuitry, not digital, to control the CRT beam and position a dot on the screen. Screen overlays were used for targets since graphics could not be drawn at the time.

Do your research before you talk out your arse.

Why were video games "Mans Domain" when they first started?
Because computers used to be the size of your house, and men went to work and women where forced to stay home.
In all reality today's iPhone 4 could have run NASA back in the 60's.

worm20102570d ago (Edited 2570d ago )


OK calm down

no need to pull your skirt up over your head

ATiElite2570d ago

and they showed this picture......

but it should of been one of these as the stereotypical portrayal of woman in video Games.

@ M-Easy
I'm starting to question Warprincesses Gender. I never see Warprincess speak out on threads about girls in gaming.

TGM2570d ago

Conceptually speaking, the first "videogame" was patented in 1947. It was named the "Cathode Ray Tube Amusement Device", but never got off the ground. Of course, it wasn't nearly as sophisticated as even the earliest consoles, but the thought of interactive entertainment on a TV-screen was certainly around. There were numerous games developed for computer mainframes in the '50s and '60s, and there was the famous Tennis for Two in 1958, and Spacewar in 1961.

The first commercially available console was the Magnavox Odyssey in 1972.

So the OP is half right/wrong, depending on what you call a videogame.

snipes1012570d ago

If female gamers want to be treated equally, they will take all the trash talk like anyone else does and put it on the curb. Everyone gets scremed at online, male or female.

That gamerchix thing is totally antithetical to the idea of equality. It makes them stick out and makes a big deal about them being female. Making a special outlet for them is treating them differently.

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Orionsangel2571d ago (Edited 2571d ago )

I hate when people say Jessica Chobot is not a gamer, now you can think whatever you like about her and I can tell you how I know for a fact that she's a gamer, but none of that matters. She got a freakin tattoo of a Triforce on her wrist! Now I don't care who you are, but no one on earth pretending to be into something would deface their own body for the sake of tricking everyone into thinking they like something.

kamakaz3md2571d ago

and... morgan webb is on a video game tv show that uses a 5 star rating system to rate games... shes annoying, and most gamer chicks are annoying or fat, there are some girls out there who can kick ass with some sticks in there hands, or like an ex gf of mine could play rockband on expert, pretty crazy... i have no point, just accusations lol

Orionsangel2571d ago (Edited 2571d ago )

Well like her or not Morgan Webb, Chobot, Felicia Day are real gamers. They know intimate details about the games they love to play, like mass effect, bioshock, dragonage, portal etc. They're not saying they played pacman or mario bros once and that makes them a gamer, like those celebs they interview on the red carpet, ya know. People like Olivia Munn give gamer girls and gamers in general a bad name. Now there's a phoney if I ever saw one.

tplarkin72571d ago

Morgan Webb is definitely a gamer. She's got very strong opinions. She rips on Nintendo and Sony quite often, which means she's got good taste.

DrRichtofen2571d ago

That first sentence made me not want to read it anymore.

NMC20072571d ago

What stereotype? It's gamer guys whom has the stereotypes. I never see anyone stereotype girl gamers, all I see are so called girl gamers trying to get noticed for some reason.

What are those guy stereotypes you axe?
1. Fat
2. Lives at moms house, preferably in her basement or attic.
3. No life
4. No girlfriend or friends
5. Loser
6. Anti Social
7. Nerd
8. Teens or kids(only, non adult/mature)
9. Immature
10. Creepy (dealing with sexy game characters)
11. Dudebro (NEW!)
12. Mentally Unstable (because of mentally unstable people blaming their crimes on games)

Girl Stereotypes?
1. Girl Gamers?
2. Fat and or Ugly.

*plays The Price Is Right fail song* *shrugs*

Note: I didn't read the story.

Pozzle2571d ago

Tbh, I think it's all gamers (male and female) who are stereotyped. :(


Breaking the stereotype?

Seems alot of them out there like it as another avenue for attention, Alot of them suffer from GOTI (Girl Of The Internet) Syndrome. They realise its a male dominated environment and realise they can get attention quite easily because it seems alot of males online that ive heard in a lobby with a girl act like theyve never spoken to one in their lives.....

Questions like

"Oh hey there (insert gamertag here) are you a girl?"

"Ohhh what games do you play?"

"Can I add you so we can play sometime?"

almost exactly in that order.

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