While browsing the Nintendo section of our local Blockbuster last Friday night, my boyfriend and I came across a small section called Games for Girls. I was appalled by the pink shelving, the games chosen just for us, and even the young girl with her cute little braids and pink DS.
The last time I checked, I’m a girl and I enjoy shooting aliens, terrorists, and general scum. My DS is a sleek and sexy black one.
I frown upon this kind of marketing and separation because it might stop a girl who’s new to gaming from exploring different genres. Don’t believe the idea that there is nothing ladylike about headshots, fragging, or aggressive magic.
And not only that, why can’t boys play those games? Why should a boy have to shy away from the Games for Girls section, even though he is really interested in humming along with the songs from High School Musical? (Here’s to you, nephew).
I’m all for being treated equally when it comes to gaming. I’m just a gamer, not a gamer-girl or vice versa. Gender should have absolutely nothing to do with the kinds of games you like to play.