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Something cool and interesting about Women in Gaming

Posted Over 1 Year ago by Q2



I think this is very cool and that more women need representation in video games and in the development of video games.

There are 28 Replies


Yeah this definitely changed somewhere on the 00s. I think a lot of it has to do with gaming no longer being a niche hobby but being more ubiquitous and available, plus games are a heck of a lot easier to pick up. Older games required being a savant, masochistic, or both to get anywhere in them.

Over 1 Year ago
Xhin
Sky's the limit

… plus games are a heck of a lot easier to pick up.


So I would agree that yes games have become easier to understand and get into but I don’t think that’s really related to women getting more into gaming. I think it’s just that more and more women are showing that not only can they play a video game and understand it as well as any male gamer, but that they can also develope games as well as them.

I can’t tell you how many NES and SNES era games I tried playing as a kid that I just couldnt figure out, but later on my sister, who wasn’t around to see me fail at those games, would come in and figure some of them out much faster than I did.

Over 1 Year ago
Q2
 

Oh I just meant that games have a broader appeal now so the actual market is going to be broader too. Same thing happened with computers, although that happened earlier. My sister plays way more games than I do, but she was born in 2004. At her high school, *everyone* plays games. At mine, it was pretty hard to find girls who played games, and also more than half of the school didn't play anything period.

Over 1 Year ago
Xhin
Sky's the limit

Yeah, I graduated highschool in 2002. And even back then only certain types of video games were socially acceptable to talk about as well as what system. Since I mostly played games on PC during that time, I was labeled a nerd (I mean I was also nerdy so it was hard to escape that label) while the ‘cool’ kids talked about playing mostly sports and shooting games on the original PlayStation and then later on the PS2 and Xbox. Talking about Nintendo stuff at that point was almost as bad as talking about pc stuff. And it was very rare to hear any girls talking about video games because that was not the norm then even though they very much did play video games.

Over 1 Year ago
Q2
 

You graduated HS in 2002?
I graduated in 1970!
We’re practically classmates!

Over 1 Year ago
chiarizio
 

We’re practically classmates!


Maybe but I’d remember if I was classmates with Brad Pitt or George Clooney.

Over 1 Year ago
Q2
 

Yeah, and they also generally only market certain games specifically to young men and boys. A lot of games are marketed more generally to a larger audience because it actually makes business sense to not only make products for a singular demographic.

But of course, the natural retort of all the incel GamerGaters is gonna be, "Women are just casual gamers. They're not real gamers."

Over 1 Year ago
Jet Presto

I remember hearing about this, a few years ago. Didn't it turn out that they were including stuff like Candy Crush in their statistics? I mean, I guess it technically counts as "gaming," but it's not really what you think of when you think of "gamers."

Over 1 Year ago
Axem Great Water

Or “FarmVille” or “words with friends” or even “angry birds”.

Over 1 Year ago
chiarizio
 

Didn't it turn out that they were including stuff like Candy Crush in their statistics? I mean, I guess it technically counts as "gaming," but it's not really what you think of when you think of "gamers."


I mean, are we going to get into the weeds about what defines a gamer? Are we going to really going to split hairs and get into it about what kind of GAMES have to be played when you think of a gamer? Even if the majority of Girls and Women did play "GAMES" like Candy Crush or FarmVille, those are still considered GAMES and those GAMES are built off of the principles already established by older GAMES. Also, maybe women playing mostly Candy Crush or "Mobile" GAMES was true long before the pandemic, like in 2010, but now they are playing GAMES such as:

Sims 4, Minecraft, Rust, Fortnite, Call of Duty, Ark, Lego Star Wars, Planet Zoo, Anno 1800, and Skyrim.

Last time I checked, atleast 7 of those 10 titles listed is what you would think a "Gamer" would be playing. Also, more female gamers are getting into both the Professional and streaming scenes as well as doing a very good job showing they can be just as good as male pro players.

btw - Since I always provide sources for the information I talk about here is where I am getting that information from:
https://www.thegamer.com/kinguin-most-popular-games-for-women/https://www.gamedesigning.org/gaming/female-gamers/https://www.techradar.com/news/women-of-esports-the-pro-list
  • So, again, do we really want to get into it about what a Gamer is and what GAMES have to be played to be considered one?

  • Over 1 Year ago
    Q2
     

    I think you’re right, Q2.
    But I think AGW was explaining why the facts “feel weird”, not trying to argue that they aren’t really facts.
    If I misunderstood AGW, then: never mind!
    If I did understand him, I don’t think he intended anything that would have irritated you as much as you seem in your last post.
    (Of course, I might have misunderstood you, too!)

    Over 1 Year ago
    chiarizio
     

    I'm pretty sure this is some weird attempt at trolling, judging by Q2 and zxcvbnm's other posts. Better to just ignore them.

    Over 1 Year ago
    Axem Great Water

    But I think AGW was explaining why the facts “feel weird”,


    I think that might then beg the question of why "women are playing video games too" is a fact that "feels weird" though. I dunno. I guess I get confused as to why so many dudes seem to get angry at the notion that women play video games. It's a hobby I love sharing, so the more people playing games, the better IMHO. Means nothing to me what they're playing, so long as they're playing, y'know?

    Over 1 Year ago
    Jet Presto

    Don't worry, Jet, you can hang your fedora back up. I wasn't talking about m'lady, I was talking about casual mobile games, like Candy Crush. Even then, I said that "I guess it technically counts as 'gaming.'"

    Also, I don't get why so many dudes seem to get super excited at the notion that women play video games. Like, who cares what some stranger's hobbies are? They like video games? Good for them. The only time I could see it mattering is if you're friends with them or dating/married, because then you have a common hobby that you can do together.

    Over 1 Year ago
    Axem Great Water

    [scrubbed]

    Over 1 Year ago
    [scrubbed]

    AAANND PWO crawls out of the woodwork.

    Over 1 Year ago
    chiarizio
     

    I'm pretty sure this is some weird attempt at trolling, judging by Q2 and zxcvbnm's other posts. Better to just ignore them.


    Not trolling, but I am going against alot of the recent toxicity and negativity that has been getting directing at women.

    Also, I don't get why so many dudes seem to get super excited at the notion that women play video games.


    Because it's nice to see a minority that gets attacked left and right for trying to do the same things as men, succeed in a area dominated by men.

    It's women that are angry that men play video games.


    If you don't understand why a woman would rather you spend time with her, and give her your attention instead of always staying at home playing video games then you have a real big misunderstanding of how relationships work with women.

    It's cause they're threatened by male hobbies knowing that men can find fulfillment outside of women. They're angry and jealous that men spend money on video games and not them. Women are like an ornery dragon that sits atop its shiny pile of gold, hording it along with other things it doesn't need.


    Here we go with the MYTOE movement bullshit. No woman, or MAN, is going to try to be in a relationship with a person who never pays attention to them or acts like they care about them and, rightly so, comes off as selfish. That's how life and relationships work.

    AAANND PWO crawls out of the woodwork.


    lol Damn Post-Wall Olga, if chiarizio, who almost always tries to stay out of nonsense thats goes on around here and bring as much civility as he can to the posts he does respond to, calls you out like that then you should do alot of self reflection.

    Props to chiarizio.

    Over 1 Year ago
    Q2
     



    Over 1 Year ago
    Elite

    It's women that are angry that men play video games. https://twitter.com/hellxxxraiser/status/1429926374698102788 You can find countless examples of women complaining about men playing video games. If any woman I talked to found out I played video games, she would ridicule it, saying they're for kids.

    You can literally find examples of anything stupid on twitter. I fail to see how you picking and choosing what to link to sets a valid argument because again you're just whining and saying "countless" women do something any sane girl doesnt do. Furthermore what women do you talk to? Didn't you go your own way? lmao, you're pathetic.

    It's cause they're threatened by male hobbies knowing that men can find fulfillment outside of women. They're angry and jealous that men spend money on video games and not them. Women are like an ornery dragon that sits atop its shiny pile of gold, hording it along with other things it doesn't need.

    Yeah if said girls a dumb bitch although I've never met a woman quite like what you're describing. The entire draw of a female gamer atleast to me is that we'd have something in common we can enjoy together.

    Over 1 Year ago
    Elite

    Because it's nice to see a minority that gets attacked left and right for trying to do the same things as men, succeed in a area dominated by men.


    There is a point of caution though, because I think some dudes swing too far in the opposite direction when they find out a woman likes games and then they immediately "fall in love with them." (Because our society has healthy notions of love and whatnot.)

    Over 1 Year ago
    Jet Presto

    @Jet Presto:

    You wrote:
    There is a point of caution though, because I think some dudes swing too far in the opposite direction when they find out a woman likes games and then they immediately "fall in love with them." (Because our society has healthy notions of love and whatnot.)


    When I was in high school I “fell in love” with every female classmate who was good at math.
    Even then I realized I wasn’t behaving sensibly but none of my alternatives made all that much sense either.

    Over 1 Year ago
    chiarizio
     

    Did you tell them: You + Me = Us?

    Over 1 Year ago
    Q2
     

    Did you tell them: You + Me = Us?

    X-D😄
    Naw, man, this was high school! Algebra (8th grade) and Geometry (9th grade) were old hat!
    We’d be communicating in Trigonometry, Elementary Functions, Analytic Geometry, and Elementary Analysis (aka Pre-Calculus)!
    ….
    I did learn in freshman year calculus in junior college, not to drink and derive.

    Over 1 Year ago
    chiarizio
     

    Naw, man, this was high school! Algebra (8th grade) and Geometry (9th grade) were old hat!


    Yeah, but sometimes those old formulas still work

    Over 1 Year ago
    Q2
     

    I’m pretty sure I blushed too hard to remember what I said or even whether I said anything.

    Over 1 Year ago
    chiarizio
     

    I'd tell them "You + Me = Meyou. Which is also what a cow + cat equals."

    I wasn't very popular...

    Over 1 Year ago
    Jet Presto

    I’m pretty sure I blushed too hard to remember what I said or even whether I said anything.


    Perhaps this is for the best. The hardest part of breaking up is getting back your stuff.

    Over 1 Year ago
    Q2
     



    Over 1 Year ago
    Q2
     

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