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SoulEaterQUEEN wrote: I like having the option ccustomizing my own character. I like games that balance story and freedom well, dragon age being an example of that. I also love interacting inside the story and developing relations in the game (puts attachment on the world itself).

So basicly more games around the idea (options) of the sims series?


Sort of. I like having characters having some of their own personalities so I'm getting to know them as well. I like meeying very fleshed out characters (e.g. persona 3 and 4, dragon age series, some of the tales games)

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Gameplay wise, 3rd person is a must for me since fps games tend to make me feel travel sick. I'm not very demanding on how combat functions, I enjoy both simple button mashing and more complex play (as long as it doesn't get ridiculous). The menu and such should be of a simple design, I really hate it if I have to trawl through a menu that makes no sense whatsoever.

I enjoy games with a good story that isn't straight forward (I like being challenged to think there's something more going on than meets the eye). I prefer fairly mature content, and I love it if it dares depicts things outside of what is perceived to be politically correct. If I see something uncomfortable in a game I see it as a challenge and it gives me something to think about and discuss.

When it comes to looks, I think Guild Wars 2 is one of the most beautifully made games I know of, both in terms of the world itself and what you can do with the characters. I love playing dress up, so having lots of armours and such is good. Customizing the looks of the characters is fun for me, but whether it's a must or not varies a bit depending on type of game and such. With RPGs I'd be disappointed if I was stuck with only one look (e.g. Witcher, I'm not a huge fan of what the dude looks like at all).

Aside from that I also like visual novels where you can get different endings depending on your choices along the way. And some puzzle games, such as the Professor Layton ones.

Dunno if this is a good answer to your question, I can't answer for other women than myself since we are, after all, different. Men like different things, and so do women.

Posted 7/11/15 , edited 7/11/15
For me I mostly like rpg games, since most allow you to create and customize your own characters but for most games as long as you can create your own character i'll play it. Now I prefer playing in third person, for first person I really don't like it but will play it if I have no other choice. For visuals/graphics I really don't mind. The game could have bad graphics or really amazing graphics and I'll still play it no matter what. Anyway now for the story/plot I like something that hooks you, detailed, and doesn't feel rushed but if the games story doesn't hook me I'll mostly play it for the character customization though. so I guess you could say I mostly play games for the character customization lol.
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For me a game is a game, i'm not bothered by customizing a champ, however i do love a good story to play along with.
At the moment I have an addiction to MOBA games i'm a bit of a lol freak but i wouldn't say I'm a great player or get hardcore into it, just a tad addicted to the style of gaming.

I was raised on gaming thanks to my dad, him and I play lol together haha and he is 46. His passion for gaming rubbed off on me i guess. But when i do play MOBA games my ign is never girly, nor do i tell anyone that i'm a female because I'm a player that likes to look past the gender side and just have an awesome gaming experience with another gamer
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I'm a female gamer and I like games where you can customize your character and games with strong female characters. My favorite type of games are RPG's, JRPGS,visual novels and shooters but in general i usually like any game with an open world environment. Also I like games that have an strong, interesting plot. I love Skyrim, Mass Effect, Halo, Dragon Age Inquisition , Assassins Creed Liberation, Persona 4 and the Daganronpa games.My favorite video game art style is the anime art style.
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*ponders*

Considering that my wife and I play many of the same games (e.g. Conception II and Persona 4), I suppose a great deal of it is down to individual taste.
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Posted 7/12/15 , edited 7/12/15

rcsatcrunchyroll wrote: I suppose a great deal of it is down to individual taste.

Yes, every player loves a good game unless its not their genre.
But there is some males and females have in commen in tastes.
Where I feel more of the female will easier buy something of Zelda, Sims, Candy crush, Wii insted of FPS, "Hardcore" PC etc.
Thats why I want to hear out on that what they like, and what they would like/want.

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lorreen wrote:


Freddy96NO wrote:
so what do you think?


I don't game enough nor have enough female gamer friends/acquaintances to contribute any significant data points or anecdotes, so let me just share this:

http://www.npr.org/sections/money/2015/04/03/397321383/episode-615-a-12-year-old-girl-takes-on-the-video-game-industry

I think it's an excellent piece regarding some of the issues related to sex/gender in the gaming industry, including what girls women want in games. I might even post it over in that other thread.

ETA: direct link to transcript in case you'd rather read than listen (though I personally recommend listening):

http://www.npr.org/templates/transcript/transcript.php?storyId=397321383



I struggle to take it seriously when her favourite game is temple run.
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While not a lady myself, those who I was in relationships with previously have all liked games to various levels. Having story and motivation to what they were doing was important. Customization was a major plus. Having playable female characters was a big deal but, contrary to the beliefs of some, sexiness was actually often a plus as long as it wasn't the only thing the character had going for them. Being a sexy but powerful and well developed character was a major win. Above all, though, the game had to be good. No amount of female audience oriented window dressing made them like games that sucked at the gameplay level.
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I have found that each person is different regardless of if it's a man or woman. It is highly dependent on the individual and what they like rather than male or female.
Posted 7/21/15
A good game?
Posted 7/21/15 , edited 7/21/15

Buckerss wrote:


lorreen wrote:


Freddy96NO wrote:
so what do you think?


I don't game enough nor have enough female gamer friends/acquaintances to contribute any significant data points or anecdotes, so let me just share this:

http://www.npr.org/sections/money/2015/04/03/397321383/episode-615-a-12-year-old-girl-takes-on-the-video-game-industry

I think it's an excellent piece regarding some of the issues related to sex/gender in the gaming industry, including what girls women want in games. I might even post it over in that other thread.

ETA: direct link to transcript in case you'd rather read than listen (though I personally recommend listening):

http://www.npr.org/templates/transcript/transcript.php?storyId=397321383



I struggle to take it seriously when her favourite game is temple run.

Why
What's wrong with temple run
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Posted 7/22/15

anzn wrote:

Why
What's wrong with temple run


It's free arcade style mobile game. It's like if someone said their favorite game is snake.
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Zenairis_Serean wrote:
I have found that each person is different regardless of if it's a man or woman. It is highly dependent on the individual and what they like rather than male or female.

The point was from another topic that was about sexism in video games, so want to understand what traits female gamers mostly pick or want from a game so... its needed to be females since thats whats this is about? (and there is a difference in what we play or choose/like)

anzn wrote:
A good game?


Don't we all?
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Posted 7/22/15 , edited 7/22/15

Freddy96NO wrote:
The point was from another topic that was about sexism in video games, so want to understand what traits female gamers mostly pick or want from a game so... its needed to be females since thats whats this is about? (and there is a difference in what we play or choose/like)


Some women tend to prioritize 'I have a life!' more than others. There's an obvious trend to less time consuming games among females in general.

A female protagonist can be a plus for some, but for most we don't give a single fuck about it. That's why some games like Kingdom Hearts or Final Fantasy, even when they had a male protagonist, didn't change popularity among females. They're great fucking games. Though I do think there is a trend on females enjoying colorful, vibrant and aesthetically pleasing games. Not that they won't or can't enjoy otherwise.

Child of Light, also aesthetically pleasing. So was Ori.

My little sister who doesn't really play games is hooked on Skyrim and Super Smash. The other enjoys Borderlands 2, Sims, and Super Smash. Oh and both love Diablo II, AoE II (We grew up on these) and now Torchlight.

Again look at console sales: Most women (if you follow the colorful, vibrant and aesthetically pleasing) move towards Nintendo games. Their games usually meet that exact trend.
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