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.

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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.

- Certis

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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.

Sounds like Certis is channeling Frank Sinatra there.

Hey, I don't see no dudes complainin' 'bout the fact that them chicks don't like us playin' with no Ken an' Barbie dolls!

"Females comprise 80% of consumer dollars" - If this comment is indeed correct then alas we have an explanation for the sales of all those stinking Sims games.  No guy I know owns (or at least admits to owning) a copy of the Sims so all the wanna be girl gamers must buying multiple copies of the original game and its endless supply of expansion packs.  Come to think of it, maybe it's a good thing it's an all-male hobby because I sqirm at the thought of getting owned by a girl in an online shooter.  Let them play with their cutsy Sims.

I own a copy of The Sims, but I feel exempt because I run a gaming website and have a responsibility to be informed.  I bought The Sims so you won't have to.  I'm a friggin martyr!

Most of the people I know that play the Sims are in fact, male. Personally, I'd rather own your ass at Quake than play virtual house, Sims style.

As I see it - there are no girl gamers or boy gamers - just gamers. There's nothing special or lacking about being a girl that plays games, and gaming certainly is not an all-male hobby.

Jeez what's the problem with girls and games, personally the more the better. I'd love to get rid of half the cheating scum (virtually all male) on a lot of game servers (esp.Counter-strike) and make way for more girls.I find females tend to be a lot calmer (nad cheat less) than males and less prone to throwing their toys out of the pram and cheating when they're fairly beaten by a better player. I'm sorry but if you get beaten by a girl and take it any badly BECAUSE she's a girl, you are a sad sad person.More females in games can only be a good thing for us all! ( unless you only have one PC and she wants to use it at the same time as you do!  )