New Study: Still Shocked By Girls Playing Games

From the post Girls Got Game! A Look at Gender & Gaming, on the usually-awesome site Frisky Mongoose:

First and foremost, what would you say if I told you that 60% of women that play games don’t actually consider themselves gamers?

What would I say? Oh, I’d just be preparing myself for another one of these ZOMG! Girls play social games! conclusions. Of course people who play the odd Facebook game (ZOMG! Girls playing games! All game players aren’t antisocial teenage boys!) don’t call themselves gamers, kind of like the way people who enjoy fixing an occasional grilled cheese don’t call themselves gourmet chefs. Especially if “gourmet chef” was usually associated with angry, unshowered teenage boys.

(Yeah. Casual games are grilled cheese. Not my best metaphor ever.)

Via Girls Got Game! A Look at Gender & Gaming | Frisky Mongoose

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0 Responses to New Study: Still Shocked By Girls Playing Games

  1. DarkTouch says:

    I’m still wrapping my head around that thing girls do on message boards being ‘roleplaying’.

  2. Meg says:

    What I was trying to say was whether female players identify as gamers or just happen to play games, there are huge numbers of girls playing social games, casual games, The Sims, etc. (without even touching the girls who play FPSs or hardcore games!) It’s annoying that it’s still a shocking revelation that girls play too.

  3. Darktouch says:

    I think my sister is a very good example of this. She would never think of herself as a ‘gamer’. What she is is a girl who loves old-school Nintendo games (Mario games especially) and has a large collection of board games of the Atmosfear and Clue variety/genres.

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