More Girls Get Into Gaming

Half of Wii users and majority of PC puzzle gamers are female
By Dustin Lushing,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 21, 2008 7:53 PM CDT
Seventh-graders at the all-girls Tokyo Joshi Gakuen, shows the screen of Nintendo DS game console to a teacher during an English class in Tokyo, Thursday, June 26, 2008.    (AP Photo/Katsumi Kasahara)
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(Newser) – After years of male dominance, the video game industry is seeing a growing number of girls pick up the controllers, reports. More than half of "casual" PC card and puzzle-type game users are female, but girl-play goes further: More than half of Nintendo Wii players are now women, and 48% of US women either have a Wii system or have asked for one, the company says.

"What we're really seeing is more and more games tailored for that market," one analyst said. "In maybe 20 years, no one will say games are only for boys, or they're not for girls." Another expert says that fewer games ask players to "blow things up" and more emphasize collaboration, a shift specifically designed to appeal to women.