Yes, and yes again. The second paragraph sums it up perfectly. And the last sentence.
Three times in as many months, I have had some variation on the following conversation with three different dudes.
Me: Blah blah blah so misogyny in games is obviously a thing blah blah…
Dude: But girls don’t even play videogames!
Me: Actually, they do. Recent surveys show that around 45 per cent of gamers are women and this number grows every year. Also, overall, the number of female gamers is significantly higher than the number of teenage male gamers, who are commonly considered to be the primary target market for videogames.
Dude: … yeah, but girls don’t play real games.
You know, they only play Sims 3 or Angry Birds or whatever. They’re not serious gamers. Serious gamers play, you know, real games.
Inevitably, after a little bit of probing, the definition of “real games” turns out to be “Xbox first-person shooters.”
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