When and how did video games become a male stereotype?

Question by Vadam: When and how did video games become a male stereotype?
I’ve been curious lately and have been wondering how video games started as a male stereotype. From what I see there are a lot of girls that play video games.

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Answer by Moneybag1010
It’s more violent, just not the type of thing girls are into. I personally seem to know more females that play shooters like call of duty, and a very few that play very little of games like final fantasy.

Gaming has always been done lots more by males. That’s just how it’s been and still is.

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3 Responses to When and how did video games become a male stereotype?

  1. <3 says:

    I feel like it is because women simply were not interested in video games as much as men were from the beginning. There are certain things women find interesting and certain things men find interesting. That’s how it just is.

  2. zFirst Name W says:

    Its not considered lady like. Even women who play video games aren’t considered women. They’re called “Bros”

  3. CAustin says:

    It’s basically a consequence of computer engineering having been stereotypically (or rather, typically) male.

    In 2012, we have a wide variety of video games available. You can play things like the Kinect and Wii that involve kinesthetic skill, you can play bare-bones tributes to early gaming like Minecraft or FTL, you can run around and play the 2,000th copycat of Goldeneye 64 like CoD, BF3 or Halo, or you can play casual, accessible games like Angry Birds, Farmville or WoW.

    But in the 1980s, games were frustratingly hard. Before that, they were frustratingly TECHNICAL – you actually had to know something about the programming and the coding to play the game well or even to make sense of it. In the early stages of gaming, which weren’t that long ago, video games were just things that programmers and very dedicated amateurs fiddled with, not something that was very accessible to the general public. Mostly men played video games because mostly men programmed computers.

    Now that video games are becoming as varied and accessible as any other literary or entertainment medium, they’re also beginning to break their consumer stereotypes.

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