Are There “Boy” Games and “Girl” Games?
Amy | On 01, Apr 2013
When I’m looking to get a new game, I watch some trailers and read a couple of reviews and maybe ask some friends what they thought of the game. Never once have I asked, “Is that a girl game or a boy game?”
I hadn’t thought much about a gender classification for games until my four year old son–whose favorite game is Castle Crashers–told me fighting games are “boy” games and games with girls in them are “girl” games. I asked him for a list of “boy” games and got: Castle Crashers, Minecraft and LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes. For “girl” games I got: Winx, any of the Sims games and Brave.
Oliver said it with such conviction he almost had me buying into his pseudologic and Winx is pretty girly; my six year old daughter LOVES the game.
When I asked Oliver why girls can’t play fighting games, I was told girls are supposed to be nice and not hit. I have no clue where he got such an absurd idea since his sister routinely beats the crap out of him. This isn’t a kid who has been pushed into a “manly-man” gender stereotype. He has a baby doll, plays with Caroline’s kitchen set and loves purple eye shadow.
Of course there are games marketed to females just like there are games marketed to guys but they’re not made specifically for a gender and at the exclusion of the other, right? It wouldn’t make much sense to alienate a whole other segment of the population you could be making money from just so you can get a small piece of the gendered pie.
I play the Sims 3 games and dig some Facebook games [I don't spam my friends. Shut it.] but I also enjoy the hell out of Skyrim, Battlefield and CoD. I don’t play Minecraft because the game bores me and not because the game’s for dudes.I assume most people are like me and play both “girl” games and “boy” games and don’t think much about what they’re supposed to be playing.
What’s sad is after two weeks of intermittent consideration–and occasional polling of Facebook and Twitter–I still haven’t decided exactly what I think. I keep going back and forth and I hate it when I do that. I would like to hear an awesome explanation one way or the other and maybe then I can make up my mind.