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["Girl Games"] Tell me what games girls and women play before I go ballistic on EB
So I don't know about the States, but in Canada, the EB Games have started to put up "Girl Games" sections containing pretty much what you'd expect. A few decent games (albeit not ones I personally enjoy) like Cooking Mama, and a bunch of shit like Pretty Pony Princess Rainbows and Imagine: You Barefoot and Pregnant Foreverz. Now, as a lifelong female gamer, my visceral response to these sections was to want to rip the sign down and stomp it to pieces. However, as a social scientist-type, I'm interested in collecting some actual information about the kinds of games that women and girls are picking up these days.
I'm not posting this in D&D for a reason. I don't want to hear people's opinions about what they think women might play. I don't care what you think. I want actual observations, be it from game store employees (I'd love to hear from you folks) or people who have female relatives and friends who play games. Of course the other PA women are welcome to post their own experiences and that of the other women they know, though I suspect many of us aren't the target demographic for the "girl games" section.
Let's keep it to Games that Might Be Sold in a Game Store because I'm focused on answering the same question EB is trying to answer: how can games be successfully be marketed to women and girls in a brick and mortar store?
Some interesting questions that I hope to be enlightened about:
1. Is there a difference between the games that adults buy for little girls and the ones that the girls themselves pick out? What games do little girls tend to pick out for themselves?
2. Which "girl games" have you known a girl or woman to enjoy playing, and which have been quickly thrown by the wayside?
3. Do you know girls or women who are specifically attracted to "girl games" and play them to the exclusion of most other kinds of games? Have they given you a reason why? Do you know girls or women who refuse to touch "girl games", and if so, why?
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