3 comments on “From Mario to Psychos on Fire

  1. You are truly a girl after many a gamer’s heart, Beth. 🙂 If you are looking for more co-op games, here are a few suggestions… Just about every MMO ever created. If you want more shooter gameplay there is Left 4 Dead and Left 4 Dead 2. Technically 4 player co-op, but any non human players are botted in. For the Diablo experience there is Torchlight II and Path of Exile. There are the various online battle arena games like League of Legends. A good team there can really tear it up, against bots or other players. Just a few off the top of my head.

  2. I have daughters, and I love the fact that my 14 year old has played Skyrim to death and is plowing through Fallout 3 now. I had thought gaming had gone more gender neutral over time, but talking to my kids the girls still seem in the minority for many of the genres. I don’t really have my finger on the gaming pulse anymore, admittedly.

  3. Well, there are more girls in gaming these days, but that hasn’t yet translated into more or better female characters in gaming. More women are playing and working in the games industry, but it is still largely the domain of men producing games for the male power fantasy and confused as to ‘what women want’. (Here’s a hint fellows. The same range of games that guys want, but with strong dynamic female characters.)

    Unfortunately, a lot of people designing games still look on women (players) as needed some sort of magical fluffy Barbie Princess and Ponies or casual style game to be interested. Or see women (characters) as excuses to make them a motivation for the male characters (see damsel in distress trope) or fetishistic eye candy.

    That’s why I love games like Skyrim, Fallout 3/New Vegas and Mass Effect, or MMOs. You make your own character. Whether you male them male or female, they are equally capable and bad-ass. Especially in the single player games they are agents of their own power and destiny. That’s the sort of character I want to play.

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