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What Games Do Women Play? 193

wikinerd writes "BBC recently published the results of an Elspa white paper on women in gaming, revealing that women prefer RPG, adventures, easy driving sims, puzzles, Tetris, and life simulations like The Sims. I suppose that the Slashdot crowd knows much more about this topic than Elspa, so I ask you: What games do women like most and are they experienced players? What would be the difference if your opponent in a game is male or female? How does the gender of other gamers or chatters affect your on-line behavior, especially when the physical distance means you may never really meet face-to-face."
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What Games Do Women Play?

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  • easy! (Score:5, Insightful)

    by sinner0423 ( 687266 ) <(moc.liamg) (ta) (3240rennis)> on Monday July 04, 2005 @10:31AM (#12979362)
    What Games Do Women Play?

  • Women? (Score:2, Funny)

    by turtled ( 845180 )
    I don't know about most women, but mine likes role-playing... Playing the role of master bitch: Clean up, there are mountain dew cans all over, when are your friends leaving, they have been here 8 hours. What's so fun about Halo anyways. Don't they have homes to go home to? Why are you so loud. Why don't you do something constructive... etc etc etc

    Good thing she doesn't read Slashdot ;)
  • On the PS2 (Score:2, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward
    That would be Rez [].

    Well, maybe not so much playing, but she likes participating.
  • ... Crap, I'm a woman!
  • REZ! (Score:5, Funny)

    by kryogen1x ( 838672 ) on Monday July 04, 2005 @10:40AM (#12979419)
    'Nuff Said. []
  • by afd8856 ( 700296 ) on Monday July 04, 2005 @10:43AM (#12979439) Homepage
    Diablo, Heroes of Might and Magic 3 (doesn't like 4), city-building games like Pharaoh, Empire - Rise of the Middle Kingdom, Quake 1 and Heretic (some years ago), Abe's Oddysee.
    • My girlfriend enjoys playing Neverwinter Nights online with me. Since we are sorta far away from each other this summer its a fun way to stay connected.

      Lemme tell ya, there is absolutely nothing more fun than fighting your girlfriend to the death in PVP arena!

    • World of Warcraft (Score:3, Insightful)

      by Rayonic ( 462789 )
      My wife is hooked on World of Warcraft, and I'm sure she's not alone. Stories of couples playing the game together abound on the official message boards. I have no real numbers, but I'm not surprised WoW would attract a significant female audience.

      A) It's a role-playing game, and there is significant investment in the advancement of your character. (Chicks dig that. :-)

      B) Although it is pretty action-ey, it's not such a twitch game that those without years of video game conditioning are put off.

    • Can't believe I forgot to list one of the most important reasons that a wife or girlfriend would enjoy playing World of Warcraft.

      G) The fact that you can play it together.

      My dear wife and I don't always play together nowadays, but we often do -- especially when we were first starting out.
    • Mine plays Red Alert, Dungeon Keeper, Animal Crossing and Super Smash Brothers.

      The similarity I see is that they're all old. Where I got bored of Animal Crossing after a couple months (which is actually a long time for me) she's been playing it fairly regularly for over a year. And Dungeon Keeper, she's not only been playing the same game for 7+ years, it has no skirmish mode so she's been playing the exact same levels.

      That's the main difference I see, that in a lot of ways makes female gamers less
  • "headgames". 'Nuff said.

  • Ahh yes (Score:5, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday July 04, 2005 @10:48AM (#12979478)

    I suppose that the Slashdot crowd knows much more about this topic than Elspa

    Of course. When you need information about women, the first place you should turn is the experts on Slashdot :)

    • You've not noticed my new haircut so I'm going to sulk.
    • It was some obscure anniversary like when we first met today and you forgot so I'm not going to talk to you.
    • Why did you hesitate when I asked if I look fat?
    • It's that time of the month and I'm not in the mood for games
    • Which dress should I wear for the party? (And make sure you pick the one I want to wear)
    • I have a headache, you can't have a blow job
    • I have standard answers

      You've not noticed my new haircut so I'm going to sulk.

      Well, you made no comment when I shaved this morning.

      It was some obscure anniversary like when we first met today and you forgot so I'm not going to talk to you.

      Oh, dammit! That means my car's due for a service.

      Why did you hesitate when I asked if I look fat?

      Because you're fat and I didn't want to insult you.

      It's that time of the month and I'm not in the mood for games

      I'll disappear for a couple of days a
    • by frankmu ( 68782 ) on Monday July 04, 2005 @12:53PM (#12980201) Homepage
      the first one is a life saver. for you slashdotters, comment on a womans hair. just notice it, and it will get you points forever. really, that's all you have to do. aquaintance, girlfriend, wife... doesn't matter. make it a reflex. you could be scratching your butt, thinking about the latest baseball score, but say something nice about the hair, and it will make her day.

      a happy female will reduce your blood pressure in many ways. trust me ;)
  • by gregor-e ( 136142 ) on Monday July 04, 2005 @10:50AM (#12979496) Homepage
    Guys evolved bigger, fast-twitch muscles and the brain wiring for hunting and defense. They have pre-wired pathways to enjoy adrenaline, fight-or-flight games.

    Gals evolved better socializing, nurturing and gathering skills. They have pre-wired pathways to enjoy social or not-so-violent questing games.

    The biological reward pathway for guys is instantaneous, owing to the immediate success/failure of a fight-or-flight situation.

    The biological reward pathway for gals is more gradual, accumulating more for repeatedly successful socializing, nurturing or gathering.

    Guys will get an immediate payoff for playing games they're pre-wired for. Gals will need to play for some time to accumulate reward. So for guys, games are more addictive in the same way that injected drugs are more addictive than the same drugs swallowed - there is a much sharper "spike" in their reward system. For this simple, evolved biological reason, games will continue to be more attractive to guys, and guys will therefore continue to define the games market.

    It is also a greater challenge to create a game that addresses the socializing, nurturing and gathering reward system of women, since fight-or-flight situations require only an immediate danger to be overcome, while creating a social environment with embedded, accumulating rewards for interaction, nurturing and gathering is a much more complicated proposition.

    • First off I think the person asking the question has not read /. Second I know there are women who read /. Third I don't think you can define what games women or men for that matter will and will not play and enjoy based on biology. Just because women traditionaly took certain roles in society does not mean that they are going to continue in those roles. So I think trying to determine the games women are going to play based on their traditional roles in society is BS. Does anyone else think that video g
      • by gregor-e ( 136142 ) on Monday July 04, 2005 @12:53PM (#12980205) Homepage
        It's not a matter of tradition. It's a matter of survival having evolved these differences. The selective pressures of early hominid life made every tiny advantage into a life-or-death difference. If a particular male happened to have a .5 millisecond advantage in reaction time, he would most likely be able to put his club through the skull of his opponent, thus taking his opponent's assets and assuring the passage of his ever-so-slightly better genetics.

        Same goes for women - in a world where starvation comes once a year, women who are more willing to sacrifice to nurture their brood are more likely to pass on this ability, since their brood is more likely to survive.

        It's not a matter of "tradition" or "assumed roles". It's biology. The same survival pressures that selected musculature in men and enlarged mammaries and wide hips in women gave rise to many brain and behaviorial differences.

        I also apologise to the men and women who read /., for the obsequious, fawning PC BS that attempts to hide the differences between the sexes, as if such differences are somehow ugly.

    • by krystrandya ( 700795 ) on Monday July 04, 2005 @03:37PM (#12981000)
      I agree with Lenny; to quote one of the masterful arguments commonly made on the internet "nuh-uh." I would also like to point out the insightful comment about asking slashdotters to describe womens preferences and how it degraded into a frustrated conversation about head games and blow jobs being modded as the top ranked assessments on females in the categories of "insightful" and "funny".

      Part of the root question was what turns girls off gaming and specific chat groups. I think all you have to do is read the above mentioned modded comments to understand.

      As for the biology of gaming. Gaming I highly doubt has even increased the capability of gentelment to breed or decreased the breeding capability of females. Therefore there would be no shift according to gaming in the near future. For fast motor or social skills - depending on the roles within society... everyone could really benift (breeding wise) from all of the skills you named and not just the males or the females. There have been articles on /. refuting your arguement with facts, which I noticed the root arguement lacked alot of.

      There are men who breed with force and men who breed with wit/intelligence or pretty words.

      Success of young by the ability of one of the parents to provide food doesn't eliminate the female in the provider role. I'm not sure what happened in the cave man days, but I doubt it was the female just swept the cave. There wasn't alot of housework back then :P Most of it was food, shelter etc. related. Either or both parents. Whatever. Trying to undo the sex roles that were established for the caveman days by men in the days were declaired when the female orgasm was unknown and women were thought not to have enough of a brain to participate in business or government is irrelevant.

      Today we see inheritance patterns. We notice that speed and strength are not only passed from the father, but from the mother as well. This inheritance isn't direct with the X or Y, but mixed. Because my mother is a 98 pound 5'2" weaker female and my father is 5'10" and very muscular doesn't mean my twin brother is strong and I am weak. Such is the same with speed and olympic runners. Yes body type does seem to play a role, but until you study finger speed on the keyboard or mouse clicking ability (which so far say that women are better in those categories), you are using bad information. Just saying biology a few times in your argument and using a formal presentation style doens't make you an expert. It just makes you and uneducated, opinionated, sad, little person.

      Lastly, I was doing a purely sex realted argument. Women are quite different from eachother and those willing to take a survey about games may slant your data. :( It would be nice to think that many girls like RPGs, but I haven't found that yet. I could discuss what I like and what trends I've noticed, but I'd really only written to smack this bad argument down and cool my head about how caddy and unfriendly an atmosphere slashdot becomes when people bring up women.

      • Ridiculous, women will rant about sexism and equal rights all day. But I would like to see you get a female to play an RPG for a length of time where her character can not be made to look sexy. I would also like for you to find such a game where the females do not almost all make the sexist form of character they can.

      • " my head about how caddy and unfriendly an atmosphere slashdot becomes when people bring up women."

        Hope you won't consider it too unfriendly of me to point out that "catty" isn't spelled with double "D"s.

        At least I didn't go for the cheap pun.

      • I'm not sure what happened in the cave man days, but I doubt it was the female just swept the cave

        Men were the hunters. Women (and the young) were the gatherers. Women provided the vast majority of the diet since the bushes didn't move and were pretty reliable about producing fruit/veggies. Men brought home the occasional deer/elk/mammoth, which provided a huge nutrition boost (so they kept hunting instead of having both sexes gather).

        As such, there are many that claim the differences between the s

    • The problem is that that's _not_ how early hominids evolved, and not how really primitive hunter-gatherer tribes live.

      Let's start with the beginning. It started with a small-ish fruit eating ape. Note that there's a difference between eating fruit and eating leaves. Practically any mammal can digest fruit and meat, but extracting the protein from leaves requires either the specialized digestive tract of a herbivore, or cooking them at high enough temperatures. This particular ape hadn't yet invented fire a
  • free fps from []

    I would post the full URI but activision assumes one has Flash and I don't.

    she's a top engineer and can easily play 6 hours straight
  • >I suppose that the Slashdot crowd knows much more about this topic than Elspa

    Why would anyone ever suppose that Slashdotters know about women?
    • how about the women on slashdot? Yeah, yeah, joke if you like that there aren't many, but when you do find one, she's probably more likely to be a gamer than your jane doe off the street.
  • Adventure games (Score:5, Interesting)

    by psavo ( 162634 ) <> on Monday July 04, 2005 @10:54AM (#12979518) Homepage

    FWIW, my wife only ever wished to play Lucas Arts -styled adventure games. ie. Atlantis, Monkey Island I&II, DOTT, Sam'n'Max. She is willing to look while other play some platform games, but not 3D-shooters. AFAIK she doesn't look much when I play NWN either, though FF5/FF9 seemed to interest her from looking-me-play point of view.

    My mother liked to play MarioBros 1 and 3 on NES. She hadn't had console for a long time, but I suspect she'd still like them. Oh yes, she liked Vexed and Bejeweled very much when she had Palm. I think she'd like adventure games too, but her english isn't good enough to play comfortably.

    • Same here. She likes (and still plays) the Lucasarts-type adventure games. She likes Zelda, but is irritated by fighting the bosses, and the action sequences in general-- to her, they are adventure games with an annoying action component she tolerates.

      ScummVM is fantastic for getting the oldies up and running, and thank goodness there are still a few companies putting out new adventure games. Although I play nearly everything, this genre was always high on my list, too, and it's sad it has become the ab
  • Diner Dash (Score:4, Interesting)

    by Stoutlimb ( 143245 ) on Monday July 04, 2005 @11:15AM (#12979663)
    Mine plays Diner Dash [] , which was recently showcased on Slashdot. She seems to be quite into casual games. I don't really see what the attraction is of playing a stressed-out waitress in a game, but who am I to argue.

    Does anyone here actually enjoy that game?
  • by May Kasahara ( 606310 ) on Monday July 04, 2005 @11:30AM (#12979752) Journal
    I like to play RPGs (Final Fantasy games, Skies of Arcadia, Dark Cloud 2, etc.), puzzle games (Puyo Puyo, Tetris, Tetris Attack, Katamari Damacy), and at least one adventure game (ICO) and one life sim (Harvest Moon). However, I also like time-draining SRPGs (Final Fantasy Tactics, Nippon Ichi games, Front Mission 4), platformers (Mario series, Sonic series, Jak & Daxter, etc.), rhythm titles (Bust A Move/Groove series, Samba de Amigo) and the occasional fighting game (Mortal Kombat series) and FPS (Unreal Tournament series). I've played UT online and in LAN parties quite a bit, mostly with guys, and it's been cool-- I find myself being just as fiercly competitive as they, but also find I prefer team-based play modes like CTF, Onslaught, and the Carball mod.
  • My wife (yeah yeah, I have one, I failed my Geek Test) likes cute games. When you actually look at them the skills are very similar to those used for the games I like (GTA, RTCW, MoH etc) but where those have plenty of gore the games she likes are all fluffy.

    I expect that a GTA like game with little fluffy bunnies would go down a treat :-)

    Strangely she didn't like The Sims.
  • MUDs (Score:3, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday July 04, 2005 @11:34AM (#12979779)
    A lot of women like to play MUDs, MUSHes, etc. like A lot of women like to play such text games because there is a high level of anonymity and they can be whoever they want to be. In addition, they are not forced to play a graphic artist's rendition of a woman character, which is typically scantilly clad and big-busted :P

    In addition, MUDs lend themselves to a high level of chat and relationship-building. Women like to meet people and create friendships, and MUDs provide that atmosphere to them.
    • Re:MUDs (Score:2, Interesting)

      by tmtresh ( 615002 )
      Ok, I know I'm going against your "typical" female stereotype, but I HATE meeting people, creating friendships, and chatting within a game. I want to play.

      As for the type of games I like- Unreal Tournament, Starcraft, puzzle games (minesweeper, Dr. Mario, etc.(though I don't like tetris)), building games (sims, civ, etc.(though most of these simply take too long to play). In general, the best games for me are ones that don't take too long to learn and have short scenarios (or can be saved and are quick to
  • by SiveAmbrai ( 689974 ) on Monday July 04, 2005 @11:36AM (#12979792)
    I'm kinda disappointed with the responses so far.

    I personally enjoy MMO's( Currently owned by WoW) FPS's like Doom, Halo, UT etc. Platformers cause they're just awesome :) DDR. Fighting games like Mortal Kombat and Super Smash Brothers.

    Overall its not the genere as much as the quality of the gaming experience that matters to me.
  • My wife likes Hoyle Casino 3D [] and Standalone Casino [] for Palm.

    It's a heckuva lot cheaper than our last trip to Vegas.

  • My ladies (Score:3, Insightful)

    by Midnight Warrior ( 32619 ) on Monday July 04, 2005 @11:53AM (#12979882) Homepage
    PowerManga, TuxRacer, Frozen Bubbles, SuperTux. Violence (other than squishing the bad guys) is out. Put blood/dismemberment in, and the girls leave. Require large portions of their time, and they'll spend it caring for the family, watching TV/Movies, or playing with real, physical toys (Tinker Toys).

  • The one where she wins by complaining that games are a "waste of time".

  • There's this game, which is for PC called Maple Story []. Every girl I know is playing this right now, and enjoying it. It's a traditional RPG, but a sidescroller where you walk around and beat up cute little monsters for experience points. You can become a magician, a warrior, a thief, or a bowman to begin with. It's very cute, and addictive.

    Another big one is Gunbound [], in which you pick a little robot, and use angles, force, and wind to shoot other little robots down. Pretty childish and "cute" also.

  • What games do women play?

    Probably the same games they played in the other 5 articles this week on the same topic...
  • Please, for the love of god, stop it with these "woman gamers" articles already! We know they exist, we don't care what games they play because they're humans, and we don't give a flying fudge about what they think compared to "everyone else." They're not aliens, for pete's sake! They play games or they DON'T play games, so lay off already!
  • While I will say I do enjoy a good RPG (although _please_ less shiny more gameplay to the extent of holy-crap-why-did-my-mom-sell-my-NES-without-tell i ng-me...and that goes for all games really) but back to the point...I enjoy as many of the same games as my guy friends, fps, metroid, halo, ut, wc3, bf1942, dc, cs, etc etc, and my roommate as well. I'm female for those who are unable to realize this at this point...and if you ask me, you can't simply categorize what women play. (I HATE the Sims, and look h
  • Well, the only women I actually know -- my wife and my sister, like puzzle games.

    My sister actually got a new computer cause she couldn't play SNOOD on OS9.

    My wife won't play anything without a touchscreen or a mouse now. She thinks controllers have too high of a learning curve.

    She plays
    DS: Zoo Keeper
    PC: Bejeweled, Insaniquarium, Zuma
    GC: Animal Crossings, Wind Waker(a little, not in the fighting areas)
  • Civ 3, The Sims, Runescape, Heroes of Might & Magic, Karaoke Revolution on the Xbox, Alchemy and other Popcap games, and - at the risk of perpetuating stereotypes, I will admit that I also like playing Hello Kitty Rescue (I do it to de-stress, because I can beat bad guys up with a pink cartoon wand).

    When I was doing capoeira I used to play Tekken.
  • Wouldn't it be shorter to list the games that women don't play? i.e. "plotless FPS deathmatches".
  • got me hooked for a while to Team Fortress, and I happen to know her from back in the 90s when we were both playing MUDs.. Might be I ran into a somewhat unusual woman there tho..
  • As far as I can tell, females play all kinds of games, but there are a few genres which females seem to prefer. My current girlfriend loves Pac Pix, Donkey Konga (together with her sister, who thinks it's hilarous) and Yoshi Touch & Go. She gets nervous when she has to play too long at a time. Interestingly, she doesn't like typical "girl games" games like the Urbz or Harvest Moon too much.

    My former girlfriend, however, was different. She used to play single player sessions of Mario Party for hours at

  • by Zangief ( 461457 ) on Monday July 04, 2005 @01:48PM (#12980484) Homepage Journal
    -My girlfriend: She plays the Sims and Need for Speed Underground 1 and Minesweeper, along with some other things. Also, she plays Burnout, Mario Kart and Super Monkey Ball 2 along with me.

    -My sister: Plays The Sims and Animal Crossing a lot. Also, played the heck out of Super Mario 64 and Super Mario Sunshine, and is a fan of Wario Ware.

    -My mother: She is not into videogames, with the exception of Tetris and Solitaire.
  • I suppose that the Slashdot crowd knows much more about this topic than Elspa, so I ask you: What games do women like most and are they experienced players?

    Not sure Slashdot is the best place to ask about women (if we knew about women, we wouldn't be sitting around reading slashdot now, would we?)
  • I like city building, RPG's and Sim stuff. I'm playing Zeus, HOMM 3 and Dungeon Siege at the moment. And Starflight on my newly built 486dx4. :) I like platformers like Sonic when I'm on consoles. I playing Flight sims, some sports a lot as a teenager and really like a good FPS. I'll play anything really. But I'm a SAHM so I'm limited in how long I can play unless the toddler's asleep and I pick a game my 6 yr old loves to watch...Like Dungeon Siege.
  • My wife plays Nintendo games. It makes sense since Nintendo is the only company to figure out that in order to make a game fun, one must concentrate on both the communitive (female) and competitive (male) aspects of a game.

    Other game companies, imo, feel that concentrating on large breasts is a priority instead of making killer gameplay that appeals to everyone.
    • If your Nintendo fanboyism wasn't obvious from your username, it sure is obvious now.

      • If your Nintendo fanboyism wasn't obvious from your username, it sure is obvious now.

        So I like Nintendo? But there is a reason. They make great games. Seriously. But back on the topic of girl gamers.

        Let's examine selected Nintendo games to view how they appeal to women.

        Mario Kart Double Dash: This game is perfect. There wide variety of players. None of them objectify women. One can play comunitivly and/or competitivly. Combine this with a fun theme and you have a great game that appeals to eve
  • by Dragoness Eclectic ( 244826 ) on Monday July 04, 2005 @03:10PM (#12980886)
    I see we're busy trotting out the same old stereotypes...

    Extrapolating from my own experience: I like puzzles (Myst, Lara Croft, etc), economic/strategy games (Civilization I,II,II, Pharaoh/Cleopatra/Caesar III/etc), RPGs (Baldur's Gate, NWN), MUDs, MMORPGS (EQ,DAOC).

    Why? Single-player games: I like to take things at my own pace, not be driven by the pace of incoming baddies. I don't like "twitch" games... though I do play Tetris

    Multi-player games: Look, Ma, no FPS! Also, in MMORPGS, I, and many female games I know, prefer the so-called "roleplaying servers".

    Why no FPS and why choose RP servers?

    Fewer hormone-driven male teenage jerks. Nothing like a trash-talking, lecherous, rude 13-16 year-old to turn me off from the "game community". (Or worse, so-called "adults" who behave like immature teenagers! At least the teenagers have the excuse of youth...)

  • just check games @ []

    what a silly question...
  • I hate the Sims (Score:4, Interesting)

    by Availle ( 791304 ) <`hasler' `at' `'> on Monday July 04, 2005 @05:01PM (#12981334)
    I once tried to play the Sims and I've seldom found any game that's more boring than that one. Yes, I'm a girl, and my list of games is larger than I'd like to imagine...all of the LucasArts adventures, RPGs(Morrowind, Gothic II, Vampire:The Masquerade), all of the Myst games, all of the GTA games, some of the NFS series, some FPS(Max Payne, Unreal Tournament, the Jedi Knights, Far Cry, Enter the Matrix)...all in all a happy little mix. By the way, none of my friends who actually do play computer games likes the Sims.
    • I've got the Sims 2 and also spent a large amount of time playing the original game...but I do hear what you're saying. The Sims is a strange game in that playing it in Live mode is only one of the things people do with it...and in fact, very few people probably do spend time doing that, because it is genuinely boring.
      There are a couple of different things people tend to do with it:-
      • Probably the single biggest drawcard for most people seems to be designing their own furniture and other three dimensional
  • My wife has in her repertoire of amazing skills the ability to play tekken as long as she wants for $0.50. We will go to an arcade like Dave and Busters where a line of 20 asian teenagers are playing, and she will sit there and destroy all comers. She only knows a couple of moves for maybe two characters, but I have seen her lose only once, when she lost a contact.
  • On Computers I play WoW, some puzzle games (like Bejeweled), previously played Myst/Riven, Journeyman Project, 7th Guest, etc...

    On Console, we have several generations of Nintendo hardware, Zelda, Mario adventures, Animal Crossing, Gex, Quest, Bomberman, Mario Party, Eternal Darkness.

    Tabltop, currently play and run D&D, have run CyberPunk 2020, White Wolf, GURPs, Tales of the Floating Vagabond, Paranoia, and many many more [tm].

    Board Games and Card Games - Fluxx, Mystery at the Abbey, Chess, Mahjong,

  • My wife has only played Simcity and Rollercoaster for any length of time. She'd probably play Sims if she tried it. She has no interest in playing or watch FPS or strategy games, but does sometimes watch me play GTA.
  • Being female I find myself an expert on the subject at hand. Mario has always been one of my favorite games. For the past 17 years I have played it....from Nintendo to Nintendo 64. I do not care for later versions. I also enjoy racing games, but not the violent ones like GTA. I prfer simple ones like Crusin USA, Mario Kart, and the greatest of all time RC Pro Am. I think at a younger age (say before 13 or 14) girls like games almost as much as guys do. But as they get older, they find other things to occupy
  • What Games Do Women Play?

    Where do you even start with a question like that?

  • ... I mean it ... who gives a rats ass anyways? So yeah, women like the Sims and WoW. Big deal. They got used to riding bicycles, drive cars and vote, even fight nowadays. Men did too. Gaming isn't a nerd domain anymore and hasn't been since Need for Speed and Madden/Fifa. The preconception of women, in general, being opposed to action, violence,sports and/or competition is plain wrong and leads to wrong questions like the ones from the article. You shouldn't care if you play a girl or not because conside
  • Hide the sausage
  • My teenage daughter got Animal Crossing for her GameCube (a "cute" Sim-like game). My wife spends more time playing it then my daughter. I don't get the appeal (i.e. no rocket launchers) - though the fishing simulation is not bad.

    My daughter's friends REALLY like DDR on the PS/2.
  • Frequent save points but also some plot for when you want to play the game for longer periods of time (the newer Grand Theft Autos are good at this).

    Goals that don't just involve blasting everything in sight (like Metal Gear Solid). I get bored easily with first-person shooters.

    Goals that involve skill and thought rather than just reaction speed. Battles that require tactical decisions.
  • My mother, in her late fifties now, adores computer games. It has become so prevelant that most nights she and my dad can be found playing through some old Playstation/N64 title that they've completed previously.

    I get strange looks in shops when they ask who the game is for and I say it's for my mother. They must think that I'm just someone who assumes that their parents are into the same things.

    Mum has completed almost every known Mario, Crash Bandicoot or Spyro game and has steadily upgraded for many

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