We don’t need to create more video games marketed towards women.
Recently, there has been a push to create games more oriented towards women since the majority of games are directed to male audiences. In my opinion, with which you may strongly disagree, this notice is completely unnecessary. Before you rush to comment and let me know how wrong and sexist I am, let me explain myself.
I am a female. Let me just get that one out of the way. I am almost insulted by the push for games directed specifically at women. I am not flattered by this idea. I don’t feel happy that finally women are being included in gaming culture. When you think about it, this idea of creating games that can be specifically marketed to women only creates an even larger divide between men and women in gaming.
Essentially, creating video games for us women does little to include us. It, instead, pushes women aside, gives them their own little space, and allows for men to continue denying that women are getting more involved. The idea itself is almost sexist.
There’s a difference between allowing for women integration and creating new games for us. Creating new games is still giving us the message than men don’t want us involved in video games. They’ve carved given us our island, but it is still larger their world.
Instead of video games marketed for women, women should be able to and encouraged to plan the already existing games or games that are being created now. We don’t need something special for ourselves. We don’t need games with the violence toned down. We just need to be allowed to enjoy the games that we enjoy, even if they are widely believed to be for men.
Just because a game has a female protagonist doesn’t mean it is only for women. Similarly, women should not be afraid to play a game with a male protagonist. Instead of creating games targeted at a specific gender, one may include the option to play as a male or a female. However, I would also argue that this is not necessary, though it would be nice. Not every game needs a female protagonist or the option to play as one, vice versa with males.
Again, I repeat, we do not need games created specifically for women. We just need to be allowed to enjoy whatever games we enjoy without comments about our gender.