\"Top 10 Girlfriend Games,\" via IGN

IGN has a list of the top 10 games for girlfriends. Of course, it's been written by a guy (I think - with a name like "Shivam Bhatt", it's hard to say), and seems like the kind of thing that just might piss off a lot of female gamers. I mean, come on...Centipede? Bejeweled? Ms. Pac-Man?

Still, I cannot deny that my wife and daughter spent about 6 months completely obsessed with Animal Crossing.

Any female GWJer's care to comment?

Puzzle Pirates really should be on the list. the male to female relationship is probably almost as low as the sims.

Tetris and solitare.. I havent met a woman who doesnt like either.

PAR

My wife hates video and computer games of all sorts, but even she will play Solitaire.

My wife was completely infatuated with Mario Kart when we had a GC for about a month, but our little Ms. Pac-Man joystick has seen 10 times more playtime since Christmas than the PS2. Take that for what it is.

Oh yeah, and she digs the sh*t out of FreeCell.

My girlfriend and I still regularly play Dr. Mario. I know she likes it, because she can regularly kick my ass, and I know I like it, because we get to play games together. Although, she tends to be a pretty regular gamer anyhow - it was she who introduced me to Katamari in the first place.

Hide the anaconda in the dark always seemed like a favorite game of women I''ve dated.

Odd list. Nintendogs, Sims and DDR - makes sense. How on earth did they miss EyeToy? Singstar isn''t too bad either. And Virtua Tennis, Mario Party or Monkey Ball certainly have a bigger impact on casual players than Suikoden...

"KrazyTaco[FO" wrote:

""]Hide the anaconda in the dark always seemed like a favorite game of women I''ve dated.

It was either you, Fletcher or Rat Boy who was going to hit that nail on the head.

I live in some sort of Girl-Gamer nega-zone, save for ""The Sims"".

I live in some sort of Girl-Gamer nega-zone, save for ""The Sims"".

I really don''t care if they like gaming or not. As long as they are extremely attractive and can carry interesting conversations it''s gold with me.

Pokemon, its all about the pokemon

My gf was big into Diablo 2 online (thanks to her brother, who is a fellow uber-nerd,) but other than that, doesn''t really get into games too much. She played KotOR for quite a few hours, but I don''t thinks he ever finished it. Mario Kart 64 was a fav, but that was before I knew her. What else, what else... Not much, really.

Oh, she liked ICO, when we saw it on demo in a store.

I mean, come on...Centipede? Bejeweled? Ms. Pac-Man?

Centipede.

For some reason, this is the one traditional arcade game that non-gamer women really seem to like. Not sure why. Any insight would be appreciated.

Well, perhaps you could replace ''centipede'' with ''anaconda'' in KrazyTaco''s post, and you''d have your answer

The Wife(tm) really enjoys adventure games. Syberia was one of her latest favorites, although some of the puzzles pissed her off:)

She just can''t hang with the first-person games. I sat her down in front of HL2, and every time something jumped at her, she literrally jumped, taking her hands off the keyboard/mouse.

-Fan

"KrazyTaco[FO" wrote:

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I live in some sort of Girl-Gamer nega-zone, save for ""The Sims"".

I really don''t care if they like gaming or not. As long as they are extremely attractive and can carry interesting conversations it''s gold with me.

Let me rephrase that. I live on campus at a Fine Arts school. Which is great, if you like your girls looking like Coke-addict Dancers.

My ex and i still enjoy the occasional Super Puzzle Fighter, similar to Dr. Mario for most intents and purposes. She also really loves crash mode in Burnout 3 and puzzle pirates. The current gf doesn''t really do the video game thing. she''s tried a few times but has never really gotten into it.

My girlfriend was an Animal Crossing addict, yet she also digs SOCOM.

Centipede was the first video game designed by a woman, and at least partially intended to attract women players. And indeed, it seems to have succeeded.

That''s more like ""Top Nine Ways to Be So Patronizing Your GF Will Not Put Out For Weeks, and One Game She Probably Already Has.""

Sheesh.

Anyone else find Suikoden to be a VERY odd choice for this list? I always thought of this as one of the more... niche games in the RPG market. I think you''d have a better chance turning a woman on to MMORPGs (those and the Sims do seem to be rather strong in women gamers) than something like Suikoden... especially when you have to wade through the occasionally horrible translation.

Yes, Legion, but your girlfriend is a major exception - not the rule.

How she watches a Lizzie McGuire marathon and then turns right around screaming at you to stabby stab the dude in Chronicles of Riddick is a mystery that astounds me.

"4tomsm4sher" wrote:

...seems like the kind of thing that just might piss off a lot of female gamers...

Indeed.

May he discover vomit in his shoes and pee fire for all eternity for that atrocity.

This list is less about female gamers, (aside from The Sims, AKA The NoSexImBusy) than it is about casual gamers. These are all games which appeal to people who aren''t interested in gaming. They are easy to pick up and play, and they provide instant gratification. The fact that most women are going to be casual gamers, if they game at all, is just a coincidence which makes this list somewhat accurate.

Yeah, SUIKODEN is a baffling choice... of all the RPGs out there, why this one? I''d probably say FFX or something along those lines, IF a non gamer woman would actually pick up an RPG.

My girlfriend plays some games, but never plays console games with me... she was a Sims and Sims2 addict, played and burned out on Bejeweled on my PPC... was also big into Monopoly and Lemonade, Inc on the PPC for a while.

She also got into watching me play Harvest Moon for a while, but that didn''t last too long... we played DDR a few times, and Karaoke Revolution too, both of which went over pretty well.

One of my ex-GFs and I used to play CRASH TEAM RACING all the time, but the current GF didn''t get into cart games at all...

The stupidity of this kind of article is that, just like guys, any girls are going to have different tastes in games... I agree with smurfy-boy that this list could apply to ANY casual gamer.

"SommerMatt" wrote:

The stupidity of this kind of article is that, just like guys, any girls are going to have different tastes in games... I agree with smurfy-boy that this list could apply to ANY casual gamer.

Exactly. There''s the problem of wide sweeping generalizations here. My wife refuses to play anything that involves more than a joystick and a button (I''m sure there''s a dirty joke in there somewhere,) so her list would have Burgertime, Ms. PacMan, Shuffleboard Alley, Moon Patrol (2 buttons! look out!) etc. Some other, more modern gamer girl would have a very different list. Trying to make a list of ""Games for Girls"" is basically absurd.

Although my GF not much of a gamer... but tries to play few here and there. However she has more interest in games like Ninja Gaiden, God of War, Resident Evil 4, Doom3 and anything else that involves killing big things!

"Poppinfresh" wrote:

Exactly. There''s the problem of wide sweeping generalizations here. My wife refuses to play anything that involves more than a joystick and a button (I''m sure there''s a dirty joke in there somewhere,) so her list would have Burgertime, Ms. PacMan, Shuffleboard Alley, Moon Patrol (2 buttons! look out!) etc. Some other, more modern gamer girl would have a very different list. Trying to make a list of ""Games for Girls"" is basically absurd.

Of course it''s a silly list - but think about the target audience. Mostly guys read IGN, and probably alot of them don''t know girls that game. To some, this list would be a relevation of sorts, while to others, it''s only worth a shrug of the shoulders. Not question it''s dumb, but it''s the kind of article one would expect from IGN

"DrunkenSleipnir" wrote:

it''s the kind of article one would expect from IGN :)

Well, I can''t argue that..

Also, Suikoden is a truly odd choice.

Big hits with my GF: Sims, Sims 2, Tetris, Spider Solitaire, Heroes of Might and Magic 3.

Casual games with my GF: Mario Kart: Double Dash, Boggle, some others I can''t remember.

Just got her to try WoW this past weekend. She likes it ok, but the real test will be can she play it on her own without me helping.

She definetly prefers the non-twitchfactor games.

you know, is it just me, or do ALL the gaming magazines and website trot out this old horse of an article every 6 months or so? I swear, this is about the 10th ""girlfriend games"" article I''ve seen in the last year... they usually seem to show up in February around valentines day... go figure.