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Games for Guys


Hope: Because she just might want to hear about your 12th level Paladin.

I keep coming across articles about women in gaming, and a repeated topic is how to introduce women to games. What’s with the supposed hordes of guy gamers who lament their girlfriends’ unwillingness to pick up a controller or keyboard? ‘How to get your girl into gaming’ sounds like a bad romance movie to me. Should women try to get their boyfriends to start scrapbooking and sewing, since those are girl hobbies and gaming is a man hobby? ‘How to get your man to do yoga’ will be my next article. Or maybe ‘How to get your boyfriend to play video games’ would be more appropriate, considering women now outnumber men in online gaming.

Lots of sites have beaten me to gaming for guys, including WikiHow, though it seems to have been written before the joystick was invented. Wiki says: “Find a few games he likes and play the ones he is better at. Mix it up, but always go back to the game he is good at. Racing games are generally easier for you to lose at without showing it.” Purposely lose at a game just because he’s a n00b? Men are our equals, so we shouldn’t go easy or treat them any differently just because they button mash and haven’t learned any combos yet.

WikiHow has more to say: “Consider your girlfriend’s personality when picking out a game. Some girls may prefer the brightly colored, all-ages games like Katamari Damacy, Bust A Move, Lego Star Wars, Sims, or just about any Mario game. But remember that your girlfriend is an individual who could just as well go for Halo, Resident Evil, or Grand Theft Auto.”  This is exactly right. The ‘games for girls’ like Cooking Mama or Barbie Horse Adventures are just recommended based on gender stereotyped hobbies. I like cooking but would much prefer Fallout 3 over Cooking Mama, and I’m sure there are guys who watch football but aren’t Madden fanatics and love Viva Pinata.

So remember, anyone can be a gamer; you don’t need a Y chromosome to hit the Y button. A follow-up on games to play as a couple will be posted next week. Readers, what are your thoughts on introducing men (or women) to gaming?

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2 Responses

  1. I cannnot find a good example of games for non-originally-gamers. I can say Nintendo Wii has spread the game to the people who dont used to play it at all. Its TV commercial is aparently promoting people to play together as a communication tool like ozero or monopory.
    and I think it must be the biggest reason of the victory of it over Sony Computer’s PS3.(At that time they were sold almost at the same time in Japan and the result was obvious)
    As you wrote in newer article, Wii group game must be fun for non-gamers.
    FYI:

    Looking forward to new article about games!

  2. You’re right, anyone can play Wii games, so it’s a good start for people who didn’t grow up with a controller in their hands. I think there are also certain genres that are easier to pick up too; for example, my dad loves to co-op in rail shooters like House of the Dead, but I wouldn’t dream of handing him the controller to play Resident Evil, with its clunky controls and strict item management.

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