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Another Bullshit Study on Gender and Video Games...


I read this on Kotaku and found it amusing and accurate in some ways but not in the ways the study suggests. The overall conclusion when they surveyed preferences in kids aged 13 and 14 that they found girls prefer 2D games, guys prefer 3D (they say boys, but I'm sorry. They're guys by that point. Their voices have lowered and such. 14 year old males don't want to be boys).

From the study:
Results indicate that 2D electronic games are easier than 3D electronic games for both females and males, and the majority of females would rather play games that are "easy" while the majority of males would rather play games that are "challenging". Females tended not to like the confusion in the 3D video games, whether it was unclear directions, objectives, camera perspectives, or not knowing how to control the character. Females may also prefer games that have dreamlike graphics to games with realistic graphics. Results also point toward a steeper learning curve for females when playing a 3D game than a 2D game.

Now I can't say I disagree with women liking 2D games more than 3D games (I prefer 2D all the way). A lot of my girlfriends who are casual gamers prefer 2D games as well. However what this study implies is what I find so bothersome. It implies that 2D games are easy by nature or that 2D games SHOULD be easy by nature. Anyone that was alive to play games from the NES era know that 2D games can be anything but easy. It makes me concerned for the future of 2D side scrollers in the video game industry.

I do believe it's true that women tend to have more issues with spacial reasoning skills. I'm bothered by a poor camera in 3D games more than any other control issue that may occur in a 3d game. I also prefer colors over realistic graphics. However I don't think my preference that has anything to do with being female.

It has everything to do with liking games that don't suck!11111!!

I'm kidding. Not all realistic games suck. That's not very nice.

However most of them look so drab and generic, lacking any sort of art direction and they don't make me want to play them. It would be nice if they weren't all shooters either, but that's another topic for another day.

If there is any merit to this study it makes me suspect that the guys are SAYING they prefer realistic graphics in fear they will be called derogatory names (like a girl :P). From reading some of the message boards on more mainstream sites like Gamespot, it's pretty clear what some of the younger reader's agenda is.

I'm also concerned this study will just encourage developers to focus on the "just for girls, just for boys" mindset in development instead of making games for anyone. Say it with me developers: Gender Neutral.

Studies bother me.
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About naia-the-gamerone of us since 1:51 PM on 09.13.2007

My name is Naia (pronounced either Nay-a or Neye-a, like yay or like eye). I've been poking around here for a while, although I don't comment as much as I used to. I do the music and the sound stuff. Teach and do scholarly research too! I do mostly freelance work and I'm always looking for people (even on DToid) to do fun projects with in entertainment. That can be either in theater, film, TV, or video games. I want to be like Kermit the Frog and be part of a group that entertains and makes people happy. I also love blue slimes, puppies and Sprinkles Cupcakes.

I've been playing computer and video games all my life. My dad was a programmer so we got an IBM 5150 PC very early on in the 80's. For Christmas in 1989 my parents surprised me with a Nintendo and it's been downhill ever since. I have/had most consoles over the years, mainly from Sony or Nintendo. I've had some Sega consoles and an Xbox 360 too.

I'm a big fan of the JRPG trinity of Final Fantasy, Dragon Quest and Fire Emblem (more DQ and FE lately, but I didn't hate FFXV). I was a finalist in Nintendo's DQ6 trivia contest back in 2011. I play RPGs, Action/Adventure, Platformers, Puzzles, and Point-n-Click Adventure games. I will play fighters and shooters, but they have to be the right kind of game.

Also, Rydia is my hero.

I'm such a nerd, I like to keep track of all the games I've completed in an excel file (it's over 400). Now that my backlog is out of control I have a word document for that too. My goal is to for once and for all eliminate the backlog, or at least keep it to a number in the single digits.

I have a lot of things to say about the game industry, it's something I care deeply about and love giving my opinions. I like to rant about shit. I'm here just to share what I have to say, in hopes someone is willing to listen.

Also for the record, my Top 5 Games of All Time
1. Chrono Trigger
2. Final Fantasy 4
3. Super Mario 3
4. Dragon Quest 11
5. Phantasy Star 4

Yes, I love my retro games (and DQ 11)

Thanks to The GHost for this awesome card!
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