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Women in Game Development #2 by Sande Chen
Hi! Some of my female friends are getting exhausted about now, with shopping (and more shopping) and things-to-do lists. Your general end-of-the-year holiday business. I thought it would be a bit of fun to ask around and inquire what sort of games were on people's want lists. It was just sort of a musing question: Do women even want video games as gifts? What do girls want?
First of all, I should state that this was an incredibly non-scientific, informal survey. It asked for an age range, occupation, gamer interest level (avid, moderate, casual or none) and then what games were on the person's want list. I asked women in the biz and some non-gamedev people too. I tried to get a bit of an age range. I got some help from davidrm and the women in game development mailing list. The ones that didn't have a want list (i.e. gamer interest level = None) weren't included because that would have been too boring ;) So here they are…
Age: 8 Occupation: Elementary School Student (daughter of a game developer) Gamer Interest Level: Casual Game Wanted: Roller Coaster Tycoon Gold Edition, Zoo Tycoon expansion
Age: 10 Occupation: Elementary School Student (daughter of a game developer) Gamer Interest Level: Casual Games Wanted: Age of Kings 2, Age of Mythology
Age: 18 Occupation: High School Student Gamer Interest Level: Moderate Games Wanted: Suikoden III, Wild Arms III, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, Final Fantasy Chronicles, Metroid Prime, Metroid Fusion, Master of Orion III, Grandia II
Age: 24 Occupation: College Student Gamer Interest Level: Avid Games Wanted: Suikoden III, Ratchet and Clank, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, Spyro: Enter the Dragonfly, Sly Cooper and the Thievious Racoonus, Ty the Tasmanian Tiger, Yu-Gi-Oh! Duelists of the Roses, Zapper, Dark Angel, Klonoa 2, all the Sims expansions, Everquest: Planes of Power, Black and White expansion: Creature Isle, Age of Mythology (she says: I'm currently playing Kingdom Hearts and loving it. )
Age: 26 Occupation: International Media Coordinator Gamer Interest Level: Casual Game Wanted: Sims Hot Date expansion (she says: My fiancé usually buys all the games.)
Age: 29 Occupation: Engineer Gamer Interest Level: Moderate for non-combat puzzle games only Games Wanted: Monsters Inc. Scream Team, Ico (she says: Dance Dance Revolution is a good workout!)
Age: 29 Occupation: Housewife and Game Programmer Gamer Interest Level: Moderate Games Wanted: The Sims and all its extensions, Roller Coaster Tycoon, Theme Park World
Age: 35ish Occupation: Business Owner Gamer Interest Level: Moderate Games Wanted: Might & Magic Anthology, any RPG's or strategy games
Age: 41 Occupation: Game Producer Gamer Interest Level: Moderate Games Wanted: Pikmin, Animal Crossing, Fusion Frenzy, Blinx
Age: 46 Occupation: QA Manager Gamer Interest Level: Moderate Games Wanted: Sims Online, Star Wars Galaxies, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (for my kids, she says), REZ
As for me, I'm more interested in getting a console system! For next time, I'm trying to line up a chat with the HR Manager at Cyberlore so that should be cool.