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"Women are the new core" - Microsoft

Postby msbhvn » 27 Mar 2013, 14:12

Like I posted in the thread about Remember Me, female gamers are a huge market that has been almost completely ignored in favour of the dwindling and fragmenting male 18-24 demographic. It's no wonder there've been a few high profile failures lately, it's not end-of-generation fatigue, it's the money men not understanding that the market has changed.
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Postby FishyGinger » 27 Mar 2013, 14:41

Bit of a daft thing to quote. Games designers do need to change but we shouldn't swing over t'other side. Lets have a nice gooey middle centre and say the core is 50% hither and thither, not men are core/women are core. I'm not even sure what that means...
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Postby Metalrodent » 27 Mar 2013, 14:46

How about instead of targeting male or female gamers - the industry just target gamers
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Postby Bezza89 » 27 Mar 2013, 14:47

FishyGinger wrote:Bit of a daft thing to quote. Games designers do need to change but we shouldn't swing over t'other side. Lets have a nice gooey middle centre and say the core is 50% hither and thither, not men are core/women are core. I'm not even sure what that means...


Our core should be... men and women? When pigs roll around in their own faeces maybe.
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Postby FishyGinger » 27 Mar 2013, 15:04

Bezza89 wrote:
Our core should be... men and women? When pigs roll around in their own faeces maybe.


Looks like we'll still be segregated then.

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Postby Plamsa wing » 27 Mar 2013, 15:32

Women? I'll have you know, women are useless. Men are no good either, bunch of lazy b*******.

Metalrodent wrote:How about instead of targeting male or female gamers - the industry just target gamers


No, no that makes too much sense.
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Postby Insaneyokel » 27 Mar 2013, 20:32

I just hope that game producers don't patronise me by assuming that I want to play Barbie and not COD!!!!
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Postby Insaneyokel » 28 Mar 2013, 19:07

Agree totally agree Masterchief. I am a devoted gamer and really don't care what I play as long as it has a good storyline and in actually enjoyable. I have to say I do get annoyed when as a female gamer I get stereotyped into only being into casual games when in fact I like a range of games, though the most hours have gone into skyrim, can't get enough of it
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