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Why do women play Baldur's Gate?

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  • Saigon1983Saigon1983 Member Posts: 156
    Squire said:



    What I can't understand is why any woman would want to waste her life behind a computer doing things that are, ultimately, inconsequential.

    This was my first thought, that started this thread. In fact, I'm forced to admit, that all the games, are they GREAT or not, is a kind of "wasting a time". This doesn't mean, that I will stop playing them right now. Hell, no! But I think, that women have more wisdom, than men (from certain point of view), and that's why I can't understand when they waste their time playing...

    May be, they simply know, when it is the right time to stop and dive in a real life, and I don't?

  • the_spyderthe_spyder Member Posts: 5,017

    This was my first thought, that started this thread. In fact, I'm forced to admit, that all the games, are they GREAT or not, is a kind of "wasting a time". This doesn't mean, that I will stop playing them right now. Hell, no! But I think, that women have more wisdom, than men (from certain point of view), and that's why I can't understand when they waste their time playing...

    May be, they simply know, when it is the right time to stop and dive in a real life, and I don't?

    I think you are assuming that there are significant differences between men and women in this category. At the end of the day, women like to waste time as much as men do. And wisdom is not necessarily a gender trait either. Just consider that people are people. How they spend their time can be equally frivolous.

    FinneousPJtypo_tillyNonnahswriter
  • TheElfTheElf Member Posts: 798
    I was surprised to learn a while ago that females are about 50% of the gaming population. A little off topic but I was shocked when I heard that I'm actually around average age for a gamer (30). When I was growing up video games were seen as a hobby mostly for children and teenage boys.

    the_spyderFinneousPJ
  • reedmilfamreedmilfam Member Posts: 2,808

    Seriously?

    That was sort of my take on the question. I did find the answer.

    Because they can!

    Nonnahswriterthe_spyderlolientbone1
  • the_spyderthe_spyder Member Posts: 5,017
    edited May 2015


    Because they can!

    I thought it was because:

    Why wouldn't they?

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  • SquireSquire Member Posts: 512

    No member should be treated negatively if they have an honest interest in something. It is a true travesty to act in a prejudiced manner towards another who shares an interest.

    QFT.

  • reedmilfamreedmilfam Member Posts: 2,808
    Because of all the merchants. Imagine the SHOES!

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  • CoM_SolaufeinCoM_Solaufein Member Posts: 2,599
    What's this? Don't women have enough to do with taking care of the dishes, cooking dinner, birthing babies and keeping the house clean?


    That is sarcasm by the way

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  • brunardobrunardo Member Posts: 508
    its a great role playing game so think it would be more popular with wmen if they gave it a chance but dont think most play RPG games maybe for time...I see wmen (and men) playing phone app games that are quick and easy like bejewled, angry birds, fruit ninja etc
    BG was meant to be played by both genders as we can see with the NPC interactions, especially with the EE NPCs...on a related note is it weird if my next BGEE playthrough my PC is Female and I choose Anomen, hexxat, Dorn, Rasaad with multi rom mod??

    JuliusBorisov
  • SquireSquire Member Posts: 512



    ...some men think women are faking it to attract men, etc.

    Can I just ask, does anybody actually do that? I've heard this sentiment before, and to be honest, I find it a little hard to believe (come on, we geeks aren't exactly the world's most desirable of guys out there! ;) ). Does anybody have experience of girls faking interest in games to attract guys, or is it just one of those ridiculous cliches that has somehow gotten engrained into everybody's minds? I'd be interested to know.

  • AristilliusAristillius Member Posts: 873
    A better question would be: "why do people play Baldur's Gate?". Your question is based on a premise that there is something overarching 'special' about women.

    As for why people play Baldur's Gate I would think that can be due to character building, lore, no-reload challenges, nostalgia, D&D interests and more... And I would think those reasons can be found among different people rather than men and women.

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  • reedmilfamreedmilfam Member Posts: 2,808
    @Aristillius, I do happen to believe there is something overarching 'special' about women. I just don't think those special characteristics make women any more, or any less, likely to play/like Baldur's Gate. In my house, which has three of those overarchingly specialist women, two of three like BG, one of three play BG. Hardly a representative sample, but it is what it is. I suspect that the game is why they play it, not their gender...

  • QbertQbert Member Posts: 193
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Women_and_video_games

    It surprises me that the gender percentage is relatively even. I would not have guessed that based on my gaming experience, although I admit I have not followed this topic. I would love to see it broken down by game and genre to see which games males and females gravitate towards. I would guess males trend towards FPS and strategy games and females gravitate towards more socially interactive games, but I am unable to locate the ESA survey data to test my hypothesis. I guess they don't release it, which is unfortunate.

    typo_tilly
  • reedmilfamreedmilfam Member Posts: 2,808

    My High School D&D group was actually more girls than guys which was one of the reasons why I got into D&D.

    D&D girls are hot! I guess the guys are, too, but I'm a horrible judge of the other side of the preference coin, so I'll take others' words for it.

    CrevsDaakJuliusBorisov
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