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Op Ed

NYTimes.com - Game Theory- Making Room for the Women.
Unfortunately this rise in so-called casual play has upset some of those who see themselves as guardians of the true flame. There’s been a definite backlash against the idea that women are entering the hallowed citadel, dropping in a few scatter cushions and ending all the fun. Particular ire is reserved for anyone who dares to point out that female characters in games are often unsupported in the bra region for no apparent reason; given boring, bland supporting roles; and totally absent.

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49. Re: Op Ed Dec 27, 2012, 18:28 Slashman
 
Overon wrote on Dec 27, 2012, 16:57:
Slashman wrote on Dec 27, 2012, 12:51:
Overon wrote on Dec 27, 2012, 02:01:
I have a novel idea, rather than speculating on why women don't go to LAN parties, I think it would be better to ask them in an environment where they can say what they really think freely without fear or intimidation or any other social pressure.

Why don't you enlighten me on what you think the reasons are.

Personally I am way less interested in the fact that none of them wanted to participate at a LAN party than I am in the fact that they still don't play those games in the privacy of their own homes. So I'd say it has way less to do with social pressure than a general lack of interest in hardcore gaming.
I don't know. I haven't looked. That's why I said we should ask them what is unappealing about gaming.

Do we really need to? I mean, this is anecdotal evidence of course, but I find most women aren't attracted to the same things in gaming that men are. They don't generally see the value of competing for competing's sake. They won't sit down and play a game like Civ 5 or Sword of the Stars. There is generally not enough emotional investment in it apart from the drive to win(which is enough for most men) but not really a big motivating force for women.

In my LAN party days, there were only about 3 women who would set up and play with the rest of the group. Of those 3, there was one who was really good at FPS games and she repeatedly kicked a lot of our butts in UT and Quake(including mine). At the end of the day though, as good as she was, she really wasn't that into gaming for itself, she just had a boyfriend who was hardcore into gaming and she picked it up from him. It was way more about doing something with her boyfriend than anything else.

Basically, I think that's your answer. While as a male, I'm going to respond to scantily clad women and similar attempts to appeal to my base male urges, in the end I'm going to respond way more to great gameplay and the challenge of pushing myself to overcome both human and AI opponents in a game. In general, women will respond way less to those things.

The reason I question articles like this is because the women in them seem to have such a narrow focus in gaming. Halo and CoD on XBox Live. Never anything else mentioned. What are they expecting to get from a bunch of immature, teenaged brats? Why even put yourself into that environment? I don't even want to go there as a male.
 
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  1. Dec 26, 12:49 Re: Op Ed StingingVelvet
  37. Dec 27, 11:04  Re: Op Ed Beamer
  2. Dec 26, 12:55 Re: Op Ed Eirikrautha
  3. Dec 26, 13:00 Re: Op Ed Cutter
  4. Dec 26, 13:06  Re: Op Ed Overon
  5. Dec 26, 13:43   Re: Op Ed Burrito of Peace
  6. Dec 26, 14:22    Re: Op Ed RollinThundr
  8. Dec 26, 14:52     Re: Op Ed Draugr
  9. Dec 26, 14:59      Re: Op Ed Mashiki Amiketo
  12. Dec 26, 15:40     Re: Op Ed Overon
  13. Dec 26, 15:48      Re: Op Ed FloorPie
  15. Dec 26, 16:10       Re: Op Ed Draugr
  18. Dec 26, 16:55        STOP THE MADNESS!!! SlimRam
  19. Dec 26, 17:03         Re: STOP THE MADNESS!!! The Half Elf
  20. Dec 26, 17:08         Re: STOP THE MADNESS!!! Cutter
  21. Dec 26, 18:52          Re: STOP THE MADNESS!!! Yosemite Sam
  24. Dec 26, 19:41           Re: STOP THE MADNESS!!! Draugr
  26. Dec 26, 20:13          Re: STOP THE MADNESS!!! RollinThundr
  27. Dec 26, 20:50           Re: STOP THE MADNESS!!! cappy
  29. Dec 26, 21:29            Re: STOP THE MADNESS!!! nin
  25. Dec 26, 20:05      Re: Op Ed Eirikrautha
  28. Dec 26, 20:50       Re: Op Ed Overon
  30. Dec 26, 21:29        Re: Op Ed Slashman
  31. Dec 27, 02:01         Re: Op Ed Overon
  40. Dec 27, 12:51          Re: Op Ed Slashman
  45. Dec 27, 16:57           Re: Op Ed Overon
  46. Dec 27, 17:12            Re: Op Ed Jerykk
  48. Dec 27, 17:35             Re: Op Ed panbient
  52. Dec 28, 01:47              Re: Op Ed Jerykk
  53. Dec 28, 07:01               Re: Op Ed panbient
  54. Dec 28, 07:30                Re: Op Ed Beamer
  57. Dec 28, 22:13                Re: Op Ed Jerykk
>> 49. Dec 27, 18:28            Re: Op Ed Slashman
  51. Dec 28, 00:01             Re: Op Ed Draugr
  55. Dec 28, 08:19              Re: Op Ed RollinThundr
  56. Dec 28, 09:18              Re: Op Ed Slashman
  33. Dec 27, 05:04      Re: Op Ed Prez
  7. Dec 26, 14:50   Re: Op Ed Draugr
  17. Dec 26, 16:42    Re: Op Ed Kobalt
  22. Dec 26, 19:09     Re: Op Ed Draugr
  39. Dec 27, 11:23   Re: Op Ed MindStalker3
  10. Dec 26, 15:18 Re: Op Ed Creston
  14. Dec 26, 16:01  Re: Op Ed eRe4s3r
  11. Dec 26, 15:23 Re: Op Ed entr0py
  16. Dec 26, 16:25 Re: Op Ed Cutter
  23. Dec 26, 19:12 Re: Op Ed jdreyer
  32. Dec 27, 02:07 Re: Op Ed Bhruic
  34. Dec 27, 05:07  Re: Op Ed Julio
  35. Dec 27, 06:01   Re: Op Ed InBlack
  41. Dec 27, 15:30   Re: Op Ed Draugr
  42. Dec 27, 16:08    Re: Op Ed RollinThundr
  43. Dec 27, 16:51     Re: Op Ed Overon
  44. Dec 27, 16:55      Re: Op Ed nin
  47. Dec 27, 17:13       Re: Op Ed Overon
  50. Dec 27, 20:59      Re: Op Ed jdreyer
  36. Dec 27, 10:02 Re: Op Ed Bludd
  38. Dec 27, 11:07  Re: Op Ed Beamer


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