According to the Entertainment Software Association, 38 per cent of gamers are women. The number of females playing video games has been continuously growing for the past several years, so why aren’t we seeing more video games that appeal to women?
This article is sexist because it implies that video games like Call of Duty aren't made for women. Games are made for everyone. Whether you enjoy it or not is based entirely on your preference and not an inherent disposition based on your gender.
You can't deny that games like cod are aimed primarily at men though.
You can't deny that games like cod are aimed primarily at young boys though. Fixed
You can't deny that games like CoD are aimed at gamers. Fixed. sigh....
@gamingdroid Lol....I think the guy above got it right the first time Big guns, explosions, military men, over the top action scenes, the online which is basicaly a boys club. Safe to say it was aimed at males, who are consoles more audience anyway. To imply it was meant for both genders (gamers) is silly. The only girls who I know play on COD are the ones who try and impress the male audience and the ones who force themselfs to steer away from the sterotypes surrounding them
Actually I was surprised to find my cousin whom is a female play CoD: Black Ops on the PS3! Of course this isn't representative of the community, but you will be surprised at how many female do game. It's just the males are far more vocal and in many instances are vocally abusive (i.e. acting like perverted monkeys) if they find the gamer is a female. That said, I think it is silly to believe it is aimed at "males" as opposed to the fact that males just happen to be more attracted to it. How many "females" do you see in the military? Far less than males for sure.
Its almost like this guy thinks women should ONLY play Martha Stewart's home adventures. Deluxe kitchen addition
Go Make Me! A Sandwich Simulator
I always think about the ladies first ;).
I'm tired of these stupid "Female Gamers" articles. I actually play with a few Hardcore Lady Gamers and they do not like to be called "Female Gamers" when they are on the KB/m or Controller......cause they are just Gamers! just like us guys. they think if you refer to them as Female gamers it's like your gonna take it easy on them which is not what they want cause they wanna learn the hard way like all us guy N0obs! They do not want rainbows and unicorns or Twilight stickers on their keyboards. They want to Rape, Pwn, Own, and dominate in FPS just like everyone else. And yes they use the phrase RAPE just like all gamers do plus other Vulgar sayings when dominating in FPS that i care not to repeat. Sure they may have modded Pink M4's or Soldiers in high heels but trust me they will shoot you in the face and talk shite just like everyone else does and they enjoy it. Being a Gamer is just a way of life that has NO boundaries such as race sex or religion. Everyone loves to just Frag-a-mother-Phucker! Sure most games are male characters but in real life most Soldiers, Killers, murderers, warlords, etc. are males. They will play a good game no matter the character's sex just like Bayonetta and Tomb Raider were good games played mostly by guys. The only complaints some Lady Gamers have that i play with is the lack of Character customization but on the PC they mod their characters out to their likings and most of the time believe it or not it's big boobs, high heels, lots of flesh, and tight clothes except the one Emo chick i play with...her characters are a little weird. lol When they are not playing FPS with our Lan group they are ALL currently playing Skyrim! Females can and DO everything that males do whether it's sports or video games. So NO females are not being left behind in video games. Dam near every Major Dev team has a Female Developer so stop this madness.
I think there are plenty of games that appeal to women (or appeal to both genders at the same time). But the problem is, a lot of girls don't seem to know they exist. I was thinking about why women don't seem to be all that interested in video games (and why many of my female friends don't "get" why I like gaming), and I think that a lot of women probably don't realize just how social or story-oriented games have become nowadays. Hell, my own female friends are still convinced games are only about shooting and aliens, and that I'm "such a boy" for liking them...even though I rarely play shooters, and try to explain to them that games come in all types of genres nowadays. Keep in mind, I'm only generalizing here...but women seem to be more interested in storytelling and characters than, say, other aspects of media. I suppose that's why many best-selling books are those that are geared towards female audiences (e.g. the Twilight series). Women love stories. I myself love stories. Hell, I even played games like Resident Evil 5 and Mortal Kombat 9 mostly for the stories (even though their stories aren't the best in gaming's history - oh well). I think that if more women knew games like Uncharted and Heavy Rain existed, they'd be more inclined to try them out. That's just my two cents though. I could be completely wrong. :O
Every gamer girl I know loves skyrim.
realy man ? my girl hates it
I don't think, or just haven't heard, enough from women to justify any change in the game industry's direction. From an observer standpoint, if more women are joining, they must like the way the industry is handling itself now, so why change if the demographic of women gamers are increasing without much work from the industry or devs? And besides, I haven't heard much from the women in the industry other than they like games with handsome protagonists like Assassin's Creed, Uncharted, or Skyrim.
I always get, "disagree bombed" because of em'. :(
"Are Female Gamers Being Left Behind?" Who cares
i agree only because this subject is getting old. If you want to be treated like a gamer, act like one. Most gamers don't sit around wondering if "am i being left behind." play games, love them, shut up. Feminism is getting old.
Thats their problem, they can play any game they want, logical games, shooters, platformers and etc. nobody holds them
I have 5 female friends on PSN and they all play MW3, BF3 like most of us do. One of them is in the same clan with me. I dont think they are being left behind. Like Urmomlol said, Is really a preference thing.
I think the bigger issue is the perception most women have of gaming/games... I think they alienate themselves far more than anything the industry does. Perfect example is my wife.... she loves playing Pogo.com ...simple flash type games. Has played for years, etc... I discuss my games with her and while she may take some interest she pretty much discounts playing any of them herself most of the time citing "too complicated" as being the primary reason. Its one of those odd situations that I feel she is creating her own barrier to entry artificially and I think that is the case for many females when it comes to video games.
female gamers that´s a good one.
If 38% of gamers are female, then there obviously is plenty of games 'geared' towards women. It's just that games they enjoy don't fit peoples sexist expectations of 'girly' things.
"...so why aren’t we seeing more video games that appeal to women". As a female gamer I must ask, what the hell kind of game exactly do you think would "appeal to me"? Because you know Gears, Skyrim, Mass Effect, Assasins Creed, Ghost Recon, Rainbow 6, Fallout, Halo, Call of Duty, Just Cause, Dragon Age, Fable, Chronicals of Riddick EBB, Bioshock, Prototype, Condemed, crackdown, NHL (whatever season), NCAA football (whatever season), Forza, Overlord, Dead Space, GTA 4, Red Dead Redemption, Battlefield Bad Company.....are AMONG the games that appeal to me. Make a freaking good game and it will appeal to me. What else do you think I want? EDIT at the article: SIMS and Nancy Drew. Are you F#$%^n kidding me...what am I freaking 12. I'm suprised they didnt have Barbies horse adventure on there.
The real question he wanted to ask but he didn't have the sack for it was "Why aren't there more games with vaginas to make women happy." Kinda reminds me of another article asking "Why aren't there more Blacks in games?" As a black guy, I found that stupid. Knowing a lot of female I find this stupid. Smh.
I think she's just one of those "girl gamers" who force it upon themself to like gaming yet find they don't like much about it. You know the ones who give the real girl gamers such as yourself a bad name because you have to share that "lable" with them. Instead of accepting whats already there and makes a gamer...a gamer she would rather moan on for developers to make games that SHE likes rather then what the majority of gamers would like I mean your a girl as you've said, you have listed games which have all done well with gamers in general and I bet you accept what games are and who they are mostly aimed at when they are being developed...yet your not bothered because I'm guessing you've enjoyed everything you've played instead of worrying why, for example, someone like Marcus Fenix was made a male soldier rather then a female one.
I LOVE BARBIE'S HORSE ADVENTURE!!! I think that's the second time I've responded to one of your comments with that lol
Laughable, you can't just do some random, limited study and try to pass it on and there are a lot of games that appeal to women, idie games, I know alot of chicks that love Skyrim, CoD, Elena in Uncharted (and Chloe). Again I question the strength of this article, primarily because it has virtually none.
Female gamers will only be left behind if they choose to be, same as male gamers. I don't thibk girls playing games want anything more than a good game. While marketing may be aimed more towards men, marketing is what it is. There's a girl on my PSN list currently playing Arkham City, she just platinumed Uncharted 3.
Well kind of.....only because games have been aimed at males rather then females since the start of gaming in general. I mean being a gamer is liking the games put in front of you from the developer, it dosen't matter what the game is about if it's good then it's a good game and gamers will enjoy it. Games with female characters like Heavenly Sword, Tomb Raider, Bayonetta might be a little sexed up but they still have strong female characters as the main lead and they appeal to males aswell....it's not like we say "Eghhh a game with a female lead, this game is for girls", yet the thing is you have "girl gamers" who would say "I'm sick of games having male leads and aimed at guys"......why though if the game is good then you'll like it for what it is, if you don't then your obviously not a gamer, just a girl who is trying to get into the whole social crowd by moaning on about how things should change to fit there prefrences not what gamers in general are. You have to admit this article is a little silly, lets be honest games have ALWAYS being targeted at guys and always will be. It's only since the Nintendo Wii games have become more mainstream and casual which is the reaosn behind the "sudden rise" of "girl gamers". When gaming start to become more serious and attract a larger male crowd with the PS1 do you really think it was aimed at males, a boring, dull chunky grey box.........nope, hell not even the NES was trying to appeal to a female crowd. I'm not saying there was no girl gamers at the time...course there was but there was very few and males were the main audience behind the sales. At this time though I actually feel very sorry for the real girl gamers who go along with every other male gamer, sorry, gamers in general because there are so many fake girl gamers that it makes them look bad. Now if your a girl reading this post who has actually bothered to make a account of here then this dosen't apply to you but there are many reasons why there are fake girl gamers out there... The ones who do it for the social crowd - the "Geek" groups where it's all about computers, movies, tv and game talks....even though she might not fit into this she might pretend to. I'm not talking about the 80s/90s sterotypical geek crowds with the thick black glasses and smart arses. You usualy get the ones who say there a girl gamer when you know yourself that there not. Theres a girl I know who says she is but I know she's not as interested but only because of the people she hangs out with, for example I could be on here and a brand new game gets announced as I refresh the page...meaning it;s JUST been announced, I message/text her and she'll go "Yeah I know"....when she really dosen't, it's like why lie just admit it. The ones who try and impress males by playing on games to get there interests. You know the ones who state it at the start of a online game for example "HEY LOOK....GIRL GAMER HERE...COMING THROUGH, GOING TO KILL YOU NOOBS BOYS" <---------------- You get the point and finally you have the arrogant ones who think games were always for both genders and think at the same time that someone like herself knows more then you.....when she really dosen't
I play with many females online. BioWare is leading the way in making immersive games that both genders can enjoy (Mass Effect, Dragon Age, etc.). I think Think the writer meant need more games with female protagonists that aren't sex symbols, like a girl playing master chief in halo, it's hard to treat master chief as yourself because he has such a deep voice, a female would have a hard time immersing herself. Or she is just a troll
I wouldn't say they are intentionality doing that, it's just part of how their games are developed. I mean picking if you want to be a male or female is basicaly customization at the end of the day because it's an RPG....nothing more. Hell you even get males (me included) who like to choose a female character in there games when they have a choice. I like to think that a girl who is struggling immersing herself with a male character isn't really a gamer if she'd rather moan about something like that instead of enjoying the game for what it is. I have no problem relating to female lead characters or side characters and I'm a male, I bet your the same aswell. I think at the end of the day a game ios a game and if you'd rather spend your time going on, moaning about equal rights (them not you) then maybe gamers aren't fully for you.
True. I played as 3 female characters of mass effect (Jennifer Hales voice is awesome) and I was still immersed into my character. But female gamers are out there, and they do play hardcore games (although I have only played some shooters with them, have yet to play FIFA or Starcraft with one yet).
I think this writer was left behind. If the number of female gamers has grown then clearly there are games that appeal to them. Gaming itself is just losing that false "videogames are for young nerdy boys" stigma.
Yes, how much those female gamers they have counted have played only Guitar Hero, Wii Fit, or for example Dance games. There is already bunch of games "for" female audience.
i've yet to meet any female gamers in my life. Angry Birds doesn't count.
If you're really THAT concerned about what female gamers are playing, try asking or polling them so you can get a general idea of what they play and what they want to play. It's almost 2012... how come no one's done this yet?
Just make a tea party game and be done with it
I'm not sure how a political themed game would go over in general. Although a Tea Party vs OWS deathmatch could be fun. ;-)
While there are exceptions to the rule, gaming is mostly a boys club. Developers know this and create their games accordingly, with big-breasted women wearing barely any clothes and hulking supermen protagonists. The target audience for a lot of games is men. Now that doesn't mean that women don't enjoy these games too, citing myself as an example, it's just clear that a lot of these games were more-geared towards a dude playing it than a chick. The actual games developed and aimed at women seem to be more of the casual variety, and that kind of sucks. Of course as I said before, there will always be exceptions.
Are Female Gamers Being Left Behind? No they are in SIMS, pooping
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