On Female Video Gamers
Since I look so hurried all the time, people have asked me what’s making me so haggard. When I say that (besides being a Game Producer and running a Communications department) I am doing my thesis, the immediate follow-up question would be, what is your thesis all about?
The answer: Girls and gaming.
One of the videos I came across while doing my research is this interesting piece done by Escapist Magazine’s Daniel Floyd, featuring Gamasutra’s Leigh Alexander, a girl gamer, journalist and a blogger. She’s a hardcore gamer, like I used to be before real life set in (LOL). And if my suspicions are correct, she’s also a Third Wave feminist, like I am. (We don’t mind it if female game protagonists are wearing nothing but loincloths, like in Anito, as long as they kick major a** and they get to dominate the boys.)
In any case, Floyd wondered about why women aren’t into hardcore video games, and here’s what he came up with:
My thoughts? Hm. I originally wanted to do a thesis on girls and MMORPGs, but since my day job is all about casual games, I decided to lessen my academic burden and study casual gaming girls instead. I think the interest in casual gaming, which was discussed in the last part of the video, doesn’t really have anything to do with girls being right-brained. I mean, check out our art department. It’s predominantly male. And we all know that artists are right-brained.
I think it has more to do with the tasks women juggle before and after work hours than simply just being interested in cute and pretty things. Many of my old hardcore gaming girl buddies are now casual gamers, and I think many of them eased into those games after they got married. Just my two pesos. Hehe.
Anyhoo, your thoughts?
Image above is from http://www.xkcd.com/67/