GAMING LIKE A GUY… BUT AS A GIRL Wendy P. Bedford REC 3202 – Summer 2012
THEN AND NOW… First commercial arcade video game introduced in 1971 • Computer Space by Nutting Associates Offers escape from reality • Stressors – financial, responsbitility Socializing: Gaming communities, online team mates Fantasy • Role play games: World of Warcraft, Dungeons & Dragons • Violence / Crime: Grand Theft Auto, Army of 2, Halo
WHY GAME? Men do it for social reasons • Explore fantasy • Online gaming communities • Male bonding Women do it for personal reasons • Way to be productive, i.e. exercise
TRADITIONALLY MALE According to Shari Graner Ray, 16 yrs experience as game designer, ofSony Online Entertainment and the Cartoon Network, and keynote speakerat the Sex in Video Games conference: • Female characters display physical traits humans get when theyre ready for sex: partially open mouths with large red lips, heavy eyelids (or "bedroom eyes"). • Female characters dressed in sexually explicit clothing and placed in sexual poses, whereas the male characters arent. • These "sex object" images arent going to appeal to the average female gamer, Ray said.
MEN VS. WOMEN 42% of all gamers are women • Women >18 years old = 37 percent of gaming population; Boys <=age 17 or younger = 13 percent More women gamers Slow social role reversal • Men: “I don’t want to grow up.” • Women becoming more prominent in household Draw • More than half of male gamers say it’s the element of competition • Two thirds of women cite stress relief as the reason they play
MEN VS. WOMEN Stanford study took brain images as male & female gamers playeda strategy game • “Male brains showed a much higher level of activation than the females when they gained more territory” Women play more times in a day but men play for longer periods when they play
5 TYPES OF FEMALE GAMERS Competitors • Take risks, like the thrill of the game Immersives • Stressed out from daily life, use gaming as escape and form of life control Minders • Satisfied with life, like casual games, like to play alone Bonders • Very busy, connect with family through games, like physical games as bonding Dabblers • Lead full lives, devote little energy to gaming, like cards/puzzle games
WHY NOT ME? Lack of appreciation Time commitment Sense of responsibility Values conflict
MY EXPERIENCE Challenged by patience • Type A person, perfectionist Frustration • Male bonding concept, ale sense of humor lost on me • Felt guilty for not doing something productive Highs did not equal lows for me • Satisfaction of making it to one level did not equal the frustration of getting there • Nothing to show for it when done
MY EXPERIENCE New appreciation for “skill” (?) • Still without full “buy-in” I don’t have the patience • Hence, not much desire to continue Good quality time with my husband • Still best left to him and his boys
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