Meredith, Queen's Square | August 12, 2016
Did you know that video games were never intended to be more for boys than for girls? Originally, video games were equally marketed to both genders, but somewhere along the way Nintendo chose to market their new gaming system to boys. If they hadn’t, what might video game culture look like today?
Girls are gamers, too. In fact, a recent major study suggests that 59% of teenage girls play video games. Some female gamers have huge fan-bases, and some have even made a professional career out of gaming. Check out this list of female Youtube gamers like Dodger Leigh and iHasCupquake, or read about the experiences of female gamers like Lilian Chen and Latoya Peterson.
But for some girls, it’s not just about playing the games. Girls make wicked game designers as well. Paulina Raguimov started an internship with a video game design company after attending a school career fair at the age of 16. By the time she turned 19, she was a full-time game designer for JumpStart. And then there’s Sophie Houser and Andy Gonzalez, two girls who aimed to shed light on the Menstrual Taboo by creating a video game called Tampon Run, where instead of guns, players shoot tampons at their enemies. In addition to starting a great conversation about the way girls’ bodies are perceived by our society, these teens are also doing their part to encourage more girls to get into tech!
So go ahead and unleash your girly gamer. Solve puzzles, dance to your favourite song, save the world in an epic fantasy quest, or maybe just throw some virtual tampons. And watch the video below to learn more about why people (unfairly) believe video games are just for boys.