Growing up as a youth in the 1990’s before there were that many things with which kids used to pass their time besides toys and television, I was understandably obsessed with video games as soon as I discovered them. My dad used to play Super Mario Bros. on the original Nintendo and, I remember the first day I was old enough that he let me have a go at it. I remember being very confused as to what I was supposed to do, but the fact that a new door had been opened to me was what really made me fall in love.
Ever since then I have been a very loyal video gamer and I try to get certain releases of games whenever they come out. My mom understood my and my friends’ obsession with video gaming, my grandma understood it, and my sister understood it. But for some reason I had never met a girl my age who really understood the allure of playing video games. They would always ask the standard questions;
- “Why do you play that so much?”
- “What do you get out of that stupid game?”
- “I don’t understand why everybody is so obsessed with these stupid games.”
But now, in 2012 social media has helped to change all of that and has allowed females to become increasingly more involved with gaming not only on social networks but on consoles (PS3, xbox360, Wii) as well. A recent study conducted by PopCap Games found that women were the most active gamers on social networking sites, making up over 55% of gamers ( memeburn).
Unlike men, who are said to mostly play games for the sake of competition either with one another or against the game itself, women it is believed play games for the story and character-based aspects of the game. If this is the case, then why now are women finally just starting to make their presence felt in the gaming community? There have been hundreds of thousands of character and narrative based games over the years and that hasn’t seemed to make a difference before. There must be something about social media and the ability to interact with people more than ever that has suddenly seemed to make gaming much more appealing to women after all these years.
Pitcher, Sandra. “A woman’s world: How social media has changed gaming.”www.Memeburn.com (2012)http://memeburn.com/2012/01/a-womans-world-how-social-media-has-changed-gaming/