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34871spc901 wrote:I am calm, i just want OP to realize that women aren't a different species - they just have a breasts etc.
Even if it's shown on this forum women prefer RPG's that's because women on this forum were asked, you ask women somewhere else and the answer may differ.
I really don't want to come across as angry or anything but i don't like it when people treat others differently, women will be the exact same as men - some will like RPG's, some FPS's. Some MMo's, Some racing games, Some indie games etc.

Diversity should be encouraged in our society, yet for some reason it's not taught at all.
Like really now?
And no females don't "just" got breasts there is many things differen't but ofc we can have the same likings dispite all that..
but there is certian areas that is more attractive to females and genres and that wha I was saying not that its genre specific.. duh -_-
Like RPG, Dancing, custiomazition or more casual "fun" games is more female heavy then others.

For example I see some more (close to young mothers) playing candy crush, while more of the guys plays heartstone some is art related, some is how it works like for instant candy crush for some casual but can be challaing, while heartstone is a battle to win over another and such.

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Its almost as if women are people too with a variety of individual interests that can't be lumped together into a single group.... >.>

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runec wrote: Its almost as if women are people too with a variety of individual interests that can't be lumped together into a single group.... >.>
not what I did?..
but that does not mean there is a more focused area that is more genre specific by various reasons.

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Freddy96NO wrote:
not what I did?..
but that does not mean there is a more focused area that is more genre specific by various reasons.


You're attempting to quantify the tastes of half of the human race as if they can be generalized as a single group whilst implying they are somehow different from yourself. It may not have been your intention but it doesn't change the outcome.

Screw soccer, ignorance is the official sport of humanity, etc.
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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.



I agree with most of what was said here by Airdeene

For the most part i play rpgs/mmos but i do get into first person shooter/puzzle/stimulation games too. I think one of the biggest draw ins for me is character customization. Im rather girly so i like games that allow skin/armor customization as well as companions and mounts.
Star Wars the Old Republic have a fantastic companion system and id love to see more of that in other games (even though the non combat, non interactive companions most games have are rather cute!)

I really enjoy games with a good story to them and being able to change the outcome based on your responses/choices.

I also really don't like finding a game im really interested in only to find out i have to play a male character lol it puts me off no matter how good the game is.

Probably more i could add but im too sleepy to think of more atm lol
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For online games, I like mmorpg, fighting games, strategy and team stuffs
My first mmo was ragnarok online and it was great back then (2004-ish), I've also played tera, grand fantasia, s4 league, and recently tried dota 2, league of legends, team fortress (I suck at these haha)

For offline games, I play just about anything but my favorite is jrpg fighting, adventure, strategy, intellectual, dance, even cooking (cooking mama 2 lol). And it would be too long to list all those games I loved haha
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runec wrote: You're attempting to quantify the tastes of half of the human race as if they can be generalized as a single group whilst implying they are somehow different from yourself.
Yes everyone is different but so? thats what I said but yes there is many reasons why certain players female goes into this more often then not and so on.
Does not change the fact that these stuff is attracting more females, much more then those games but I DID NOT SAY that they can't or will not like this stuff but only its more RARE to be like that.

like from above:

non interactive companions most games have are rather cute!
Dark and grim games are normally not my style, but I will play them if they're awesome.
customizing my own character.
developing relations in the game
create your own character i'll play it. (male/female into it)
MOBA
games like skyrim
trend on females enjoying colorful, vibrant and aesthetically pleasing games. Not that they won't or can't enjoy otherwise.

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.

(even though I think there is many more females in WOW then what this states if not from other regions?
and Zelda)


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

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Kristiara wrote:
Im rather girly so i like games that allow skin/armor customization as well as companions and mounts.


If that constitutes girly I may need to go recheck my, er, plumbing.
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runec wrote:


Kristiara wrote:
Im rather girly so i like games that allow skin/armor customization as well as companions and mounts.


If that constitutes girly I may need to go recheck my, er, plumbing.


Sorry Im a sleepy head right now probably a bad choice of words haha
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Does not change the fact that these stuff is attracting more females, much more then those games but I DID NOT SAY that they can't or will not like this stuff but only its more RARE to be like that.


You kind of have this ass backwards. Its not that women do not like a variety of games, its that the game industry and mainstream gaming culture are not that accepting of women. Leading to the illusion that gaming is not a thing females enjoy. When its the other way around. Women enjoy just as wide a variety of games as men do, but are not accepted in as wide a variety of games as men are. And often times its more of a headache than its worth even bothering to try.

I mean, my ex was a hardcore Counter-Strike player. Like I'd wake up at 4 in the morning and she would still be murdering people. But she never used voice chat and used a gender neutral name so no one would know she was female.
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Kristiara wrote:
Sorry Im a sleepy head right now probably a bad choice of words haha


No worries. Fashion > Stats.

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runec wrote:


Kristiara wrote:
Sorry Im a sleepy head right now probably a bad choice of words haha


No worries. Fashion > Stats.

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lol Fistbump it is lol
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runec wrote: Leading to the illusion that gaming is not a thing females enjoy. When its the other way around. Women enjoy just as wide a variety of games as men do, but are not accepted in as wide a variety of games as men are. And often times its more of a headache than its worth even bothering to try.

I mean, my ex was a hardcore Counter-Strike player. Like I'd wake up at 4 in the morning and she would still be murdering people. But she never used voice chat and used a gender neutral name so no one would know she was female.
Well true, I just said before all this that I forgot it was about many females (feminists too) complaining about stuff, so that wanted to hear about some here to know a few traits that goes agian and agian. like RPG, options as in looks and options for story or like the sims games.
But yes I know there is many females that likes the same games ofc, but there is many that was towards one side and thinks no females like me can play that?! thats not for me?! (even though many other females plays it) and I think astectic really works some screen shots and these (not grey and "forgettable" colors themes) where guys can get over it but more females not and want a bit more "disney" colors birght and colorful something similar with LOL has this.
Also why many females are in art of some of those games (and often makes it attract other females as well but that the other stuff is maybe not as "female friendly" how it plays like heartstone is lesser played then for example candy crush)

But yeah some communites have a harder time with females really if its full of "hormons" like CS:GO full of kids and some around 20's that are a bit on that stuff and are using mic.
Like WOW where many players WANT female players to play with and not the other side so I think its very on the genre and how it looks (from the wild streets of CS:GO to the OPEN relaxed world of World of Warcraft)

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Freddy96NO wrote:
Does not change the fact that these stuff is attracting more females, much more then those games but I DID NOT SAY that they can't or will not like this stuff but only its more RARE to be like that.


You kind of have this ass backwards. Its not that women do not like a variety of games, its that the game industry and mainstream gaming culture are not that accepting of women. Leading to the illusion that gaming is not a thing females enjoy. When its the other way around. Women enjoy just as wide a variety of games as men do, but are not accepted in as wide a variety of games as men are. And often times its more of a headache than its worth even bothering to try.

I mean, my ex was a hardcore Counter-Strike player. Like I'd wake up at 4 in the morning and she would still be murdering people. But she never used voice chat and used a gender neutral name so no one would know she was female.


Well, no, that's backwards itself.

Women and men do have different preferences in gaming, in general. This isn't to say, "no females enjoy the same kinds of games males do," but there's plenty of statistics showing that "young men mostly enjoy this," "young women enjoy that," "older women enjoy this," "older men enjoy that."

There's nothing wrong with this, either. It allows companies to create games suited to their target demographics.

If your ex never went to online chat, it's a very hard position to take and say, "she was not accepted in the community." She didn't participate in that particular aspect, after all, and is anecdotal at best. Two of the girls I appointed as Admins at a forum I used to run were pretty hardcore gamers as well, and voice chatted all the time. Again, anecdotal, and proves nothing.
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Well, no, that's backwards itself.

Women and men do have different preferences in gaming, in general. This isn't to say, "no females enjoy the same kinds of games males do," but there's plenty of statistics showing that "young men mostly enjoy this," "young women enjoy that," "older women enjoy this," "older men enjoy that."

There's nothing wrong with this, either. It allows companies to create games suited to their target demographics.


No, you're talking about marketing demographics now. Thats a lot more specific ( i did say half the human race ) and I already touched on that when I mentioned the game industry. Its an inherent part of the problem with the game industry right now. There aren't a lot of major companies in the game industry bothering to research or target female demographics. Nor are there many that simply aim to create a good game without having the shadow of marketing looming over them. Its an ugly component of the publisher / developer relationship.

So, like I said it creates this false pretense that gaming or specific kinds of games are not a "girl" thing. You ( in the rhetorical sense ) can't ask a question like "Why don't more girls like FPS?" when you don't bother to market FPS to girls in the first place. Nor can you say "Wow, girls sure love casual games more than guys!" when that's all you market to them.



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If your ex never went to online chat, it's a very hard position to take and say, "she was not accepted in the community.".


I think its pretty obvious when I said "never" I meant as the result of the consequences not as a literal absolute. If you've played any online games of any type for any length of time you must have seen the problem unfold at least once. When a player reveals or is otherwise outed as female. Everything becomes about the fact she has a vagina. It happens in game and out of game. Yes, obviously, there are games and communities where its not a problem. But they are sadly not the norm. Certain games and communities can effectively be minefields. Gamergate alone should demonstrate that.

When you couple it with an industry that is very male dominated and still very much a boys club you get a self sustaining problem.

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