I have been reading about games a lot more lately since I got my DS and started playing more regular mainstream games. I try to watch what new games are coming out in genres I like, etc. In my searches, I have come across a few sites that I really like and have started to read regularly. One of them, Gadgets Page, is partly written by a woman and I mostly agree her assessments.
One article in particular struck me about girls and gaming. I completely agree with her assessment of what girls want in a video game versus what the gaming industry thinks girls want in a game. I like to play FPS games occasionally, but only because my husband plays them and they are already purchased and installed. I doubt I would ever purchase one to play on my own. I do, however, like games with a story and/or a mystery. They don’t necessarily have to be cutesy to appeal to me. I think the industry is on the verge of recognizing this, especially for the handheld console market because I am seeing lots of new releases in more girl-friendly genres. Note that by girl-friendly releases, I am not just talking about games like Nintendogs. I have nothing really against Nintendogs, I just don’t like when people assume that that is the only type of game a girl would want to play…on her pink DS.