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(Ars Technica)   Adult female gamers now outnumber teenage boys 2:1   (arstechnica.com) divider line 184
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2014-08-23 09:17:11 AM  
Cougar time!
 
2014-08-23 10:00:59 AM  
Apparently they're counting Candy Crush.
 
2014-08-23 11:45:05 AM  
GOOD
 
2014-08-23 11:49:06 AM  
FTA: While males still hold the total gamer-population lead at 52 percent, that is a drop from last year's count of 55 percent, and the survey's count of "frequent game purchasers" found that men and women split that category neatly in half. The report also notes a giant boost in women gamers over the age of 50, a group that grew 32 percent in 2013.

Granny gunna pwn you.
 
2014-08-23 11:49:27 AM  
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2014-08-23 11:49:37 AM  
Yet it's the under-18 boys who will not shut the fark up on any multiplayer games, and insist on babbling on about the most misogynistic, racist stuff. That's why when I play things like TF2, I just turn off the ingame voice chat, play music instead to listen to.
 
2014-08-23 11:53:17 AM  

aimtastic: Apparently they're counting Candy Crush.


They should. My wife plays words with friends and Candy Crush all the time. If you're doing a demographic study on an industry, why would you ignore a 52% block because they aren't necessarily playing "traditional video games" as they were defined 10 years ago? Also, adult women are in control of a shiat-ton more money than teenage(or even adult) males. Analyzing their buying preferences and adapting your R&D to that makes sense.
 
2014-08-23 11:54:49 AM  

aimtastic: Apparently they're counting Candy Crush.


Maybe.  I mean, it is a video game.
 
2014-08-23 11:58:03 AM  
This is women purchasing the games, not necessarily playing. I mean, moms have always bought videogames for kids.
 
2014-08-23 11:58:11 AM  
My wife, 43, would get so angry playing Call of Duty that she had to take a step back.
She's now enjoying the new Tomb Raider.
 
2014-08-23 11:59:11 AM  

aimtastic: Apparently they're counting Candy Crush.


I imagine they've got the entire Facebook games genre covered.

/they are called "games" after all
 
2014-08-23 12:01:29 PM  
static.gamesradar.com

/I looked for an image of 1.5 teen age boys playing an unplugged console, but I GIS failed
 
2014-08-23 12:03:01 PM  

aimtastic: Apparently they're counting Candy Crush.


This.

It's like those stats showing how PC gaming has exploded...if you count stuff like Farmville.
 
2014-08-23 12:06:08 PM  

Lackofname: FTA: While males still hold the total gamer-population lead at 52 percent, that is a drop from last year's count of 55 percent, and the survey's count of "frequent game purchasers" found that men and women split that category neatly in half. The report also notes a giant boost in women gamers over the age of 50, a group that grew 32 percent in 2013.

Granny gunna pwn you.


images.wikia.com
 
2014-08-23 12:08:39 PM  
I haven't played videogames much in the last few years, and I'm trying to work through my steam and 360 backlog and I'm having a hard time getting hooked on anything.  I have less than zero interest for microtransactions, MMOs, and online multiplayer (I do play Halo sometimes, but only with people I know IRL).  My favorite games of the last decade have been the Fallout series and Elder Scrolls, and Mass Effect.  I also enjoyed Dead Rising, Tales of Symphonia, and I adored the Suikoden series until the last couple entries.  I just don't connect with games like I used to.  Am I getting old, or have games changed?  I feel a lot of them lack the charm and soul they used to have.

I picked up Dishonored and I have tried several times to get into it.  I wish it were a full elder scrolls game or one of the Thief games.  It feels like a lame mishmash of the two.   I have a nice tablet and can't find anything that really sparks my interest.  Any farkers have a suggestion/analysis?
 
2014-08-23 12:08:41 PM  

Vlad_the_Inaner: /I looked for an image of 1.5 teen age boys playing an unplugged console, but I GIS failed


Best I could do

img.fark.net
 
2014-08-23 12:10:44 PM  

SacriliciousBeerSwiller: aimtastic: Apparently they're counting Candy Crush.

This.

It's like those stats showing how PC gaming has exploded...if you count stuff like Farmville.


So Farmvillle isn't a video game?

/works for a video game company so I'm getting a kick
 
2014-08-23 12:12:27 PM  
"The average game player is 31 years old"

That is some sad pathetic shiat right there.
 
2014-08-23 12:14:48 PM  

Marshmallow Jones: "The average game player is 31 years old"

That is some sad pathetic shiat right there.


Right?  Damned kids playing my games.
 
2014-08-23 12:15:01 PM  
FTFA: full of statistics about console, PC, and mobile gaming.

There it is. Take mobile gaming out of the equation and you'll likely find no shift in the demographic.
 
2014-08-23 12:16:05 PM  

Marshmallow Jones: "The average game player is 31 years old"

That is some sad pathetic shiat right there.

i can see something sadder and more pathetic.

 
2014-08-23 12:16:53 PM  

Marshmallow Jones: "The average game player is 31 years old"

That is some sad pathetic shiat right there.


No kidding. People are supposed to stop having ANY fun at 25.
 
2014-08-23 12:17:01 PM  

Dragonflew: FTFA: full of statistics about console, PC, and mobile gaming.

There it is. Take mobile gaming out of the equation and you'll likely find no shift in the demographic.


Isn't this about people who play video games? So why arbitrarily eliminate a growing segment?
 
2014-08-23 12:17:33 PM  

Marshmallow Jones: "The average game player is 31 years old"

That is some sad pathetic shiat right there.


I know right? Adults should be staring at spreadsheets and paying bills and sitting in their cubes having their souls rotting. Everyone knows Fun should stop at age 18.
 
2014-08-23 12:21:08 PM  

SacriliciousBeerSwiller: It's like those stats showing how PC gaming has exploded...if you count stuff like Farmville.


Farmville is not a game?
 
2014-08-23 12:21:50 PM  

Marshmallow Jones: "The average game player is 31 years old"

That is some sad pathetic shiat right there.


Shouldn't you be preaching about the evils of dancing and devil music?
 
2014-08-23 12:22:34 PM  

Marshmallow Jones: "The average game player is 31 years old"

That is some sad pathetic shiat right there.


Why's that?  Videogames have always been a part of these people's lives.  They had the NES in their formative years, probably an SNES later and an incarnation or two of the playstation in their teens.  They've seen the technology and mechanics evolve and are probably the most comfortable with the lore of various franchises and with trying new games just because the idea sounds interesting. Their parents' generation will die in front of their TVs and these folks will allow you to pry their controllers/keyboards out of their cold dead hands.  It's all about how you want to relax, besides that you can argue artistic value and socialization.
 
2014-08-23 12:23:09 PM  

Vacation Bible School: Dragonflew: FTFA: full of statistics about console, PC, and mobile gaming.

There it is. Take mobile gaming out of the equation and you'll likely find no shift in the demographic.

Isn't this about people who play video games? So why arbitrarily eliminate a growing segment?


I am not going to blather on about "real gamer" crap, but I just find it hard to consider someone who only plays Candy Crush a "gamer" as I imagine not many of them are interested in anything else besides what is on their phones or Facebook. I would be interested to see further breakdown in the stats, to see how much of the increase consists solely of people playing mobile games and Farmville.
 
2014-08-23 12:25:34 PM  
They're just in it for the Force Feedback.
 
2014-08-23 12:25:37 PM  
There have been female gamers since Pac Man fever gripped the nation. I don't know any woman in my age category (40s) who doesn't claim to have been a wicked Centipede player in her day.

I know adolescent males would like to think it's a "boys only" club, but girls have been playing video games since they were invented. It's just they didn't get obsessed over them like guys did. They didn't talk about them all the time. They played, they had fun, then they went and did other things.
 
2014-08-23 12:26:25 PM  
Video game producers know which demographics buy which games.  What game "review" websites need to stop doing is pushing SJW garbage and also stop shaming people for voting with their dollars.
 
2014-08-23 12:27:13 PM  
It's weird that some people think playing video games is "juvenile",  but those same people are perfectly fine with watching crap reality TV, bad movies, and lame-ass sitcoms.

Get some farkin' perspective.
 
2014-08-23 12:30:47 PM  

buntz: My wife, 43, would get so angry playing Call of Duty that she had to take a step back.
She's now enjoying the new Tomb Raider.


I lost my computer for a while as a teenager when my mom discovered Doom. She later became a wii and then a PS3 junkie. I really want her to get into online games since I'm pretty sure a 65-year-old woman can hurl some epithets that make surly little boys cry.
 
2014-08-23 12:32:56 PM  

Vacation Bible School: Dragonflew: FTFA: full of statistics about console, PC, and mobile gaming.

There it is. Take mobile gaming out of the equation and you'll likely find no shift in the demographic.

Isn't this about people who play video games? So why arbitrarily eliminate a growing segment?


When that market is basically simple and free games their opinions should be weighted accordingly. They're not the ones spending hundreds of dollars per year on games.
 
2014-08-23 12:35:15 PM  

dugitman: aimtastic: Apparently they're counting Candy Crush.

They should. My wife plays words with friends and Candy Crush all the time. If you're doing a demographic study on an industry, why would you ignore a 52% block because they aren't necessarily playing "traditional video games" as they were defined 10 years ago? Also, adult women are in control of a shiat-ton more money than teenage(or even adult) males. Analyzing their buying preferences and adapting your R&D to that makes sense.



Smarted.
 
2014-08-23 12:36:11 PM  

WilderKWight: It's weird that some people think playing video games is "juvenile",  but those same people are perfectly fine with watching crap reality TV, bad movies, and lame-ass sitcoms.

Get some farkin' perspective.


and sports like baseball, football and chess, can't forget the holy grail of ironic kettle demeaning the past times of the pot
 
2014-08-23 12:40:10 PM  

BumpInTheNight: WilderKWight: It's weird that some people think playing video games is "juvenile",  but those same people are perfectly fine with watching crap reality TV, bad movies, and lame-ass sitcoms.

Get some farkin' perspective.

and sports like baseball, football and chess, can't forget the holy grail of ironic kettle demeaning the past times of the pot


Bobby Fischer was my favourite athlete.
 
2014-08-23 12:41:01 PM  

dugitman: They should. My wife plays words with friends and Candy Crush all the time. If you're doing a demographic study on an industry, why would you ignore a 52% block because they aren't necessarily playing "traditional video games" as they were defined 10 years ago? Also, adult women are in control of a shiat-ton more money than teenage(or even adult) males. Analyzing their buying preferences and adapting your R&D to that makes sense.


On the other hand, my mother would be included in this demographic because she plays angry birds. I think she spent $1.99 to get the full version. Maybe when she gets bored in another few months she'll spend another $1.99 on Angry Birds in Space or whatever. I don't even consider myself a gamer, and I've probably spent $100 in the past year on Steam games. There's a very limited market to selling cheap games hoping they become the next flappy bird or whatever.
 
2014-08-23 12:42:05 PM  

WilderKWight: I know adolescent males would like to think it's a "boys only" club, but girls have been playing video games since they were invented.



This.

Sounds like Farkers think that the only real video games are those that are stereotypically played by stereotypical young males.  Anything else doesn't seem to count.
 
2014-08-23 12:42:58 PM  

Marshmallow Jones: "The average game player is 31 years old"

That is some sad pathetic shiat right there.


Better to hang around on Web forums with a bunch of youngins?
 
2014-08-23 12:43:24 PM  
Probably because women aren't having kids anymore.

/now if you'll excuse me, I need to get back in the kitchen...
 
2014-08-23 12:46:48 PM  

Marshmallow Jones: "The average game player is 31 years old"

That is some sad pathetic shiat right there.


Look at me, I'm the average gamer.
 
2014-08-23 12:47:23 PM  

JonZoidberg: I haven't played videogames much in the last few years, and I'm trying to work through my steam and 360 backlog and I'm having a hard time getting hooked on anything.  I have less than zero interest for microtransactions, MMOs, and online multiplayer (I do play Halo sometimes, but only with people I know IRL).  My favorite games of the last decade have been the Fallout series and Elder Scrolls, and Mass Effect.  I also enjoyed Dead Rising, Tales of Symphonia, and I adored the Suikoden series until the last couple entries.  I just don't connect with games like I used to.  Am I getting old, or have games changed?  I feel a lot of them lack the charm and soul they used to have.

I picked up Dishonored and I have tried several times to get into it.  I wish it were a full elder scrolls game or one of the Thief games.  It feels like a lame mishmash of the two.   I have a nice tablet and can't find anything that really sparks my interest.  Any farkers have a suggestion/analysis?


Left For Dead is a good first person zombie game.  You can play through the chapters solo or with other players.  Warning: it's addictive, scary , and might give you bad dreams.

Enjoy!
 
2014-08-23 12:48:10 PM  

xaks: GOOD


Indeed. Now maybe the the teen boy demographic can stop acting like they're the only demographic that video game companies should be catering to.
 
2014-08-23 12:50:43 PM  
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2014-08-23 12:51:49 PM  
If farmville counts as a game then so should spreadsheet applications, because they're equally entertaining.
 
2014-08-23 12:52:18 PM  

cgraves67: xaks: GOOD

Indeed. Now maybe the the teen boy demographic can stop acting like they're the only demographic that video game companies should be catering to.


What are you talking about? World of Warcraft has been nothing but a fashion show of "Sorry but you can't join our guild because you're not dressed well enough" for years.
 
2014-08-23 12:53:18 PM  

Plastic Trash Vortex: If farmville counts as a game then so should spreadsheet applications, because they're equally entertaining.


A fellow fan of Eve Online I take it?
 
2014-08-23 12:53:31 PM  

EdNortonsTwin: JonZoidberg: I haven't played videogames much in the last few years, and I'm trying to work through my steam and 360 backlog and I'm having a hard time getting hooked on anything.  I have less than zero interest for microtransactions, MMOs, and online multiplayer (I do play Halo sometimes, but only with people I know IRL).  My favorite games of the last decade have been the Fallout series and Elder Scrolls, and Mass Effect.  I also enjoyed Dead Rising, Tales of Symphonia, and I adored the Suikoden series until the last couple entries.  I just don't connect with games like I used to.  Am I getting old, or have games changed?  I feel a lot of them lack the charm and soul they used to have.

I picked up Dishonored and I have tried several times to get into it.  I wish it were a full elder scrolls game or one of the Thief games.  It feels like a lame mishmash of the two.   I have a nice tablet and can't find anything that really sparks my interest.  Any farkers have a suggestion/analysis?

Left For Dead is a good first person zombie game.  You can play through the chapters solo or with other players.  Warning: it's addictive, scary , and might give you bad dreams.

Enjoy!


I have played it, mostly split screen.  We actually networked 2 xboxes and played local 4 player on 2 split screens.  It's fun, but I thought it got old quick.  How anyone but a bot could effectively snipe in that game is beyond me.  I have young kids and usually play alone for an hour or two after everyone's gone to bed so I am looking mostly for a 1P game.
 
2014-08-23 12:56:12 PM  
So they're saying that the whole "videogames aren't being inclusive to women" thing was a bunch of horseshiat?

Anyway, I'm in a fighting mood.  Let's see who's up for a challenge.

Relatively Obscure: Maybe.  I mean, [Candy Crush] is a video game.


An absolutely terrible, unplayable one, but sure, it's a videogame.

WilderKWight: It's weird that some people think playing video games is "juvenile",  but those same people are perfectly fine with watching crap reality TV, bad movies, and lame-ass sitcoms.


That's because videogames are a highly literate form of entertainment, and it's very dangerous to hold these things to high regard.

FizixJunkee: Sounds like Farkers think that the only real video games are those that are stereotypically played by stereotypical young males. Anything else doesn't seem to count.


Well, if you've read any popular media on the topic in the last three years, it'd be kind of hard to believe anything different, what with all the female oppression the game industry has been providing.

cgraves67: xaks: GOOD

Indeed. Now maybe the the teen boy demographic can stop acting like they're the only demographic that video game companies should be catering to.


So, dare tell me: What games is the "teen boy demographic" preventing companies from making and preventing you from playing?
 
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