Video Games for Girls

Video Games for Girls

Usually women are less interested in video games than men and when they are, they prefer less violent types of games. Many women think that playing video games is nothing more than waste of time that can be spent interacting with family and friends. A study shows that males report more frequent use in all competitive genres of games. This reinforces the stereotype that women are less likely to compete and engage in activities that involve technology.

But it is possible that the female lack of enthusiasm when it comes to video games is a result of the lack of characters and heroes that represent them. People usually empathise with heros whom they feel similar to. And because most heroes in video games are male, women might feel out of touch. 



The question is what happens when a little girl enjoys a game so much that she starts to identify the boy on the screen as herself? An article reports that a high tech entrepreneur dad of such a girl 
hacked the favorite game of his three-year-old daughter and changed its code, transforming the boy-hero to a girl for her. He says that he was inspired to do it when he started noticing his daughter putting herself in the role of the male hero. "I'm not having my daughter growing up thinking girls don’t get to be the hero," he comments pointing out that having a daughter of his own changes the way he looks at the whole world. 



This addresses the issue of the lack of strong female characters in video games. Hopefully in the future there will be more female game developers who will make the girls to be the heros.  

November 20th, 2012

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  • video
  • strategy
  • gender
  • play
  • technogy