Lol Zedy not really a freak, but guys look at me funny when I tell them that I play games like MGS, Half Life, GTA, Suikoden, Devil May Cry, Halo, Resident evil, God of war and others that I can think of right now and that I've got PSX, PS2, PS3, Xbox, GBA (not planning on getting Xbox 360 as I love my PS3!) But it is becoming more common now a days, I've got many female friends who also play had core games, instead of solitaire or minesweeper.. The thing that throw these guys completely off is that I don't even look like a nerdy girl. I am very much like a girly girl but still I love playing games for hours on end!!
New study shows 41 percent of Aussie gamers are women; 34 percent of gamers down under have played a pirated game.
Female gamers are quickly becoming commonplace in Australia and will soon overtake men as the most common gender playing games down under, a new research report has found.
The Interactive Australia 2007 report, commissioned by the Interactive Entertainment Association of Australia (IEAA) in conjunction with Bond University's Centre for New Media Research, found that 41 percent of all Australian gamers are now female, up from 38 percent in 2005. The report predicts that the number of female gamers will be the same as male gamers by 2012, with report author Dr Jeff Brand saying women would become the dominant game-playing gender soon after that.
"The fact of the matter is that today computer games are for adults, and women represent the fastest growing single demographic for gameplay," Brand said. "In five or six years, we'll see that the average gamer is female."
The report, which was gathered from a survey of 1,606 Australians, found that female gamers preferred to play puzzles, board games, cards, and family titles. Male gamers prefer racing and first-person shooters.
The report also found that the average age of gamers in Australia is now 28 years old, up from 24 years old in 2005. Brand predicts that the average age of gamers will be 42 years old--the overall average age of Australians--by 2014.
Gamers are well represented throughout all of Australia, with 79 percent of Australian households having a device for playing games. Of these households, 34 percent have one gaming device, 28 percent have two or three, and 17 percent have four or more devices. The computer is by far the most popular piece of gaming technology, with 94.6 percent of gaming households having a computer. The PlayStation 2 is the next most popular at 36.3 percent, followed by the original Xbox (18.8 percent) and the PlayStation (14.1 percent). The Xbox 360 was present in 3.5 percent of all gaming households.
Despite the popular stereotype of gaming being an antisocial activity, the report found that more than 56 percent of all gamers play with others in the same room. Only 19 percent said they preferred to play alone. One-third of Australian gamers are parents, with 77 percent of those people playing computer games with their children.
While the overall number of Australian gamers is on the rise, it seems not all of us are as honest as we should be. The Interactive Australia 2007 report found that 34 percent of all Australian gamers have played a pirated game at least once, with 18 percent saying they have played pirated games many times. Of those who have played pirated games, 56 percent accessed it from a friend or family member, while 22 percent downloaded it from the Internet.
The full Interactive Australia 2007 report can be found on the IEAA's official Web site.
to think i was consided a freak as i was the only girl playing pc and ps2 games! i laugh in their faces lol :)
It's good to hear that more women are getting into games the way men are, although it seems like an obvious transition given the general shift towards casual gaming that we're starting to see as well as the added emphasis on playing games as a community. The game industry is starting to branch out more by offering games that everyone wants to play, not just males. Which is clearly the best decision, the more people they can get to play, the more money they can make off sales.
girls will never be as 'hardcore' as guys when it comes to gaming, but the fact that is overlooked, is that there are more females than males in australia, so that will factor into their results.
I will believe that woman are becoming hardcore when I see woman walking though malls with 8800GTX's and Xbox 360s and PS3's at Supre :P.
These stats annoy me to no end, I mean am I the only one that doesn't really care if the person picking up the joystick and playing is a guy or a girl? Oh and ElectrolightSH , everyone knows that women are the root cause of all the words ills, if men didn't have to work so hard to impress them then maybe we wouldn't do all that crazy crap! :-P
Great.. first I worry about guys kicking my ass, now women will start doing it too, and props to ElectrolightSH for typing the truth.
Okay now that can be a problem but its not...But one thing i have to say is that Woman playing game is cool and we stopping to play game is too...but i think we are stopping because we have been playing all ours lives and woman have just reasently just seen the beauty of Games so now we are getting bored with them and they are just figuring it all out...so we might be in a pickle!
Wouldn't it be nice if you could go to a club with an Atari shirt and a girl comes up and says "Hey Baby, like to come back to my place for some multiplayer action?" "Yeah Baby, you're about to get PWNED" God, who talks like that?
"dorky_yorkie It is not false at all to presume more woman will begin to play games. The market has alway targeted men, now it's simply tagerting people. Take the Wii for instance, it shows people of both sexes enjoying video games equally. Infact, many ads nowdays try to target both men and woman and in some cases, older men and woman. Demographics have changed and with them many attached stigmas. It's only a matter of time before you begin to see more and more woman play videogames, much the same way gaming used to be nerdy, now it's common." I have to disagree here. I really don't think the demographics have changed all that much. Just because the Wii is marketed towards 'everyone' doesn't mean everyone is going to buy it. And it makes sense to assume that even if an equal number of old and young people, and an equal number of males and females buy it, the resulting margin would be 50-50. And the other forms of gaming (PCs and the other consoles) would continue to be male dominated. Sure there may be a slight rise in female gamers, but not to the point where we can assume females within the next 20 years, let alone 7, will outnumber males in the gaming market. That just doesn't make sense. I liken it to the fact that there is now Dankia Patrick racing in Indy cars. Does that constitute a rise in female drivers? Yes. Will females outnumber males in that sport anytime soon? No. Same with the PGA... Michelle Wi golfing in men's events; rise? Yes. Extrapolate out to a trend resulting in female dominance on the PGA Tour? No. Let's be honest here. Playing solitaire doesn't make you a gamer. I'm all for girl gamers but I just don't see it happening.
a good thing! I take a well-behaved female over a screaming male teenager any day. make love in war.
It's nice to see that gaming is on the rise. A wise man once said, "The Geek shall inherit the Earth!"
oh no no no. I go to parties and clubs to meet girls, I do not want to meet them playing video games.
They need to take a new poll now. What percent of the female gamer is cute? The next poll should be, what percentage of the female gamer plays real games and not solitare junk
these women arent gamers, they just play things like on popcap.com. this does not make them gamers, this just makes them the casual "Im kind of bored so im gonna play minesweeper" people. they should not be represented as gamers unless they spend more then 2 hours each day on a game at a time.
If only this statistic would come to america! I am on a service-learning project team that works with the Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology, and the female gamer population in the US is grossly underwhelming. Here's to the rise of the female gamer! (side note - I am male.)
First of all its great girl gamers are on the rise. I love girl gamers (and I show them when they let me) but no way is it that big a percentage. This survey has it getting close to 50 50 but I'd be surprised if it's more than 1 and a half in 10. Also, the average gamer rising to 42 years old. Not a chance. That would mean for every 12 year old theres a 72 year old to average out to 42. Thats the problem with surveys, especially when conducted with less than 2000 people. Does that give a real representation of Australia? And where was this survey conducted. Maybe the female ratio is so high if it was done in a university or something like that. Young Academic type girls might be more likely to game than others. Try doing this survey in Kings Cross and see how many girls game.
thats nothing compared to other countries. australlia has a small gaming community in comparison to the other countries. and those otehr countries i'm thinking of have a lot more people people pirating games.
I don't agree with two statements from the article: 1. "The report predicts that the number of female gamers will be the same as male gamers by 2012, with report author Dr Jeff Brand saying women would become the dominant game playing sex soon after that." - Really? I don't see that happening. 2. "Brand predicts that the average age of gamers will be 42 years old--the overall average age of Australians--by 2014." - Now let's be serious... That means there will be an equal number of 20 and 60 year-old people playing games. :)
Irve: "it's not normal i tells ya .. do what normal people do and confuse her common sence with Alcohol till she doesn't think your too bad looking !" ... you had a bad experience, didn't you? I like that there's an increase in female gamers. A meatier community encourages variety in the market. And not in an artifical "Barbie game" way.
Think you all need to look outside of your computers and find girlfriends. My girlfriend plays games all the time, in fact most of the girls I know play games. I bet if you physically go out and ask girls if they play games they will alll say yes. Who cares if they play games or not. If someone put an article about more guys watching TV than girls, then the girls would have a go about it..blah blah!
whatever whatever .. it's all hype ... the games industry will always be male dominated scene .. is this just trying to make sad little boys think they will meet girls while playing on xbox live .. "we fell in love over a game of gears of war" ..... it's not normal !!! it's not normal i tells ya .. do what normal people do and confuse her common sence with Alcohol till she doesn't think your too bad looking !
Female gamers are great, and the more the better.. However, my girlfriend's mom plays the built in card games in Windows now and then. According to this survey, that'd make her a gamer, and she's far from it. There are three kinds of lies: lies, damn lies, and statistics.
Jakshot.... I can't speak for most women but here are my personal feelings towards the game (me being a chick and all) I don't hate GTA, I just don't care for it. I rented GTA 3 and Vice City (I have no experience with San Andreas) and it's really fun for the first few hours. But most of the game play to me just seemed noval and after a while, the novalty just wore off. Yeah it's fun to pick up hookers and steal cars and randomly beat people, but I can only do it for so long. The radio stations are awesome though. And Thorpe89... what do you mean "should this trend continue throughout the world"? I don't see what it would change, and you posed the question as though it's something that somebody would stop. I mean seriously, what would you do? Start sniping female gamers. That'd make an interesting news headline...
"The report, which was gathered from a survey of 1606 Australians, found that female gamers preferred to play puzzles, board games, cards and family titles." I don't really find that to be concided games. When I say games, I mean FPSs, RTSs, RPGs, Platforms etc. These are games, not cards, boardgames etc. Hay, then again that's my opinion.
I think there's a bit too much fuss being made about girl gamers. I'm all for girls playing games (unlike some guy gamers, for some weird reason) but it's always made out that girl gamers are a rarity. I don't think female gamers are scarce. And look at Chokwow's post below. Total stereotype of a male ego at work. Get over it!
The PlayStation 2 the next most popular console for girls after the computer. How come I never see any chicks in the UK playing a PS2? Instead i've seen them play a pink PSP (and not know how to use it lol). Something aint right there... We need more girl gamers that can play a gaming console in the UK.
>I just hope the girls in Aussieland can help break the stigma. Nothing unique about Australia; the study/article just happens to be from there. The same ratios apply in America: http://www.womengamers.com/articles/whywg.php >I'd wager that Aussies pirate stuff lots because there are a lot of games that either take forever to get there 34/18 percent is far from lots compared to Western European countries.
Thats awesome, aint nothin cuter than a girl who likes to play videogames. Wish there was more of those in America. Luckily i have found a few cool girlies to play some games with from time to time.
they should try out Gears of War- oh wait its BANNED... too bad What are you talking about? Gears of War isn't banned here, it's rated MA15+ and I've seen heaps available at all the major retailers.
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