I’ve turned off registration for comments because it should be off. Bit of a mea culpa there.
I wrote: “Some game companies are currently trying to market cute and fluffly and romance and â€œsocialâ€ games to women which is utterly patronising.”
Mary writes back: “I can answer this personally without examples. I see games as inherantly a social thing. Hanging out with a group of people is a social thing.
I’m not disagreeing here but I deliberately put “social” in inverted commas. Gaming is a social activity because it usually means hanging out with people who have a similar interest. This is not the same as a “social” game.
I don’t know if I’m communicating this well but I’m trying to illustrate the difference between “gaming as a social activity” and “a game which contrives social situations in game”. We all know the former and real men squirm at the thought of the latter. Ahem.
Do I need to examine the way I do things? I have no women in my gaming group. Does this mean I have been shooing them away with my inherent and aggressive male chauvenism?
I did a check with the women I know. Some gamers, some not. They don’t think I’m a male chauvenist. I did need to check.