Chicks in Gaming
I don't know where the BBC News gets off saying that gaming is a male dominated hobby where skirts aren't welcome. I mean, we love chicks right guys? I say if a nice piece of tail wants to join in the fun more the power to her! That message isn't getting through apparently; maybe we're not sensitive enough.
While sales for the industry grew by 10% in 2002, a packed forum was told by Clarrinda Merripen of CyberLore Studios that this male dominated business was losing out by not recognising the spending power that women control.
"Females comprise 80% of consumer dollars and very few of them are buying games on an ongoing basis," she said.
"I don't think they have necessarily been ignored but I think the gaming industry has grown up male and now they're looking around and trying to make that leap because they have to.
"It's a dollar issue and by not doing anything to close the gap they are shooting themselves in the foot."
It's a very tricky issue, trying to bring gaming to a less gender-biased past-time. When you think about it, the only company that really does this is Nintendo. Games like Mario, Pikmin and Zelda don't really care how old you are or if you're male or female. They're fun to play and the main characters aren't big breasted hookers with swords.
There must be a solution out there but for the life of me I can't figure out what it would be.