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I have an idea for the ultimate video game for girls. I call it What Goes With What. I haven't worked out the details of the game yet, but you could imagine lots of varieties around the core concept I will describe.

Imagine at the beginning of the game your screen is filled with images of shoes, purses, scarves, pants, blouses, and all manner of human adornments. The screen is totally packed with these images, all smallish. The computer randomly highlights any one of these images and you have 30 seconds to click on all the other things on the screen that would look good with the original item.

This combines the joy of shopping with the skill of quickly deciding on style and fashion. I believe this would be pure catnip for girls.

Another version of the game might involve furniture, carpets, window treatments and the like. Again you'd have a time limit to figure out which things went well with other things.

It's a running joke that females enjoy shopping. While there are plenty of exceptions to the stereotype, I'm going to go out on a limb and say that evolution probably wired women to find pleasure in shopping in much the same way boys are wired to enjoy blowing up stuff. The video games that work best are the ones that connect to those most basic urges.

As custom requires, several of you will tell me there is a video game that does exactly what I described. Then you will provide a link to a game that is different from what I described.
 
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May 19, 2009
Dingbat:

"It finally dawned on my that his tastes had nothing to do with style and color and everything to do with minimizing the amount of fabric involved."

You say that like it's a bad thing? Did the black knee high boots not match the blue pleated skirt and red bikini top? Or are you thinking you might get some odd looks wearing that to work?

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If most people are like me, then they like a challenge to their games. It's the same reason that I do the crossword, sudoku, and cryptoquote every day at lunch, to keep my mind sharp, and to see if I can do it. If you can complete a game quickly, why bother doing it at all? If as you say, most women have fashion sense, then this might appeal to them for an hour and then be shelved, as they already know what goes with what by instinct. Although, you may be able to market this product to homosexual males, but I don't think they need it either. And the only way you will get a straight man/boys to play with this product is if you introduce !$%*!$ clothes, and have a model that you can take them all off of.

The best idea I can think of for this, would be a large fashion chain, to give out CDs with this game on it, loaded with all of their current clothing lines. Have it update every few months whenever they get a new shipment of clothing in, but not delete the old clothing, in case you want to accessorize a new item with one you already own.

This would work for a large home renovation store, like home depot, to give out CDs containing flooring, window treatments and such, update fairly regularly, and you can sell lots.
 
 
May 19, 2009
You obviously don't have a tween age daughter, or you would know that video games like that already exist. My daughter has one for her DS that looks like exactly what you described. I'm not sure of the name but it might be something like 'Fashion Designer'. The player is tasked with designing or picking outfits for a model and then the outfit is 'judged' and given a score. It seems like there is a mode where they have a fixed budget to spend on the outfit also.

The video game industry has not missed the tween age girl demographic. There are plenty of games targeted to girls. In fact, that might be one of their biggest market segments. It seems like most 'entertainment' industries are targeting that market with particular zeal of late (e.g. Kate & Ashley Olsen, Hannah Montana, the Jonas Brothers, etc, etc).
 
 
May 19, 2009
If you plan to boycott this blog then please grab the stick poking out the nearest winers a** in front of you and form an orderly line out the door.
 
 
May 19, 2009
I am a woman and I would SO buy this game and play it. And I have no shame in that statement. I may be styling in my slingbacks but I can still kick half the guys I know butts in business and most any other area, come to think of it. :)
 
 
May 18, 2009

Erm Adrian Monk, where do I begin.

Perhaps you should check the fact that this is a non-serious, humorous blog, but if I offend you Im sorry (note the way I apologised in advance, giving myself the moral high ground in my own head, just the way you did, apology accepted BTW)

"Firstly, there is so much overwhelming evidence to the contrary it's difficult to even know where to begin. "

Im going to assume you’re a girl for starters since you just proved my point about females liking to argue and not knowing the first thing about video games.
Overwhelming evidence against what? That females don’t want to be pawed over and harassed by every gamer once its known that there female? Or that girls are bad at fast paced spatial awareness and judgement games that reward aggressiveness and reflexes? Which is what males are generally better at funnily enough.

"Ever heard of Sherena Williams?

Or how about Dona Baily, Carol Shaw, Carla Meninsky, Julie Hoshizaki, Roberta Williams, Dani Bunten Berry, Brenda Brathwaite and Anne Westfall? They *develop* the games you play."

No I haven't, And I assume if I were to look them up they wouldn't actually develop games at all, or maybe they were the team behind Big Rigs - over the hill racing. I assume that you know nothing about games by this gem of an Induhvidual quote:

"Ignoring the atrocious spelling, the sentence does not even make sense if you rewrote it "...and within minutes you'll be responding from him." Beg pardon?"

Um, "re-spawning" is a term used by 100% of the video game community, in FPS, (or First Person Shooters, which is a genre of games which focuses on you taking the role of a protagonist's first person view with a gun sticking out from the bottom of the screen, the game is primarily focused on shooting enemies) when you are killed or "fragged" by a 4 year old who's just picked up the controller you naturally come back to life to continue fighting, however there is a time penalty that you must sit out as a penalty for dieing. The act of coming back to life is known as "respawning" and the penalty time is known as "respawning"

"Let's see, ignoring again the spelling/grammar errors, your statement of a "female's base impulse" being arguing is, quite frankly, an embarrassment to your gender and an indicator of base ignorance. "

I find it ironic that you respond to an obviously ridiculous statement that I made, by arguing, and proving my statement.

If you'd simply said "Lol, you’re an idiot" I'd have agreed, and if you challenged me to a game of just about anything you'd probably beat me at it too.

Oh and for the record my Girlfriend > All Women
 
 
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May 18, 2009
Stardoll.com is kind of like what was suggested.
 
 
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May 18, 2009
There are already video games for girls, Scott. They're called "video games".

http://www.reuters.com/article/technologyNews/idUSTRE49202W20081003

Survey says 38% of gamers are female. You might as well write a column with a great new idea for a video game for adults instead of kids.

[Did you read either my post or the link you sent? -- Scott]
 
 
May 18, 2009
I certainly hope namenotavailable is joking. Unfortunately I fear he is a genuinely ignorant, misogynistic, male chauvinist. (Having said that I apologize in advance if he was indeed joking)

He wrote:

"Have you ever seen a girl play a video game? Why do you think theres so few girl gamers now? is it because they dont want to be pawed over online by 12 year old kids on the other side of the world? Maybe. But the main reason is that girls are just bad at games in general."

Firstly, there is so much overwhelming evidence to the contrary it's difficult to even know where to begin.

Ever heard of Sherena Williams?

Or how about Dona Baily, Carol Shaw, Carla Meninsky, Julie Hoshizaki, Roberta Williams, Dani Bunten Berry, Brenda Brathwaite and Anne Westfall? They *develop* the games you play.

"I got my girlfriend to have a go at Halo while I was playing it the other night, she almost cried because she physically couldn't work out two thumbsticks at the same time."

Your girlfriend =/= all women. One data point is statistically useless.

"Yet you give it to a 4 year old boy and within minutes you'll be respawning from him."

Ignoring the atrocious spelling, the sentence does not even make sense if you rewrote it "...and within minutes you'll be responding from him." Beg pardon?

"Also on the plus side telling girls that they cant play video games because there female is a great way to get them to talk to you by triggering their other base impulse. Arguing."

Let's see, ignoring again the spelling/grammar errors, your statement of a "female's base impulse" being arguing is, quite frankly, an embarrassment to your gender and an indicator of base ignorance.
 
 
May 18, 2009
Wow, Scott, you're really asking for it by posting such a sweeping generalization about women.

Or would be, if any women read Dilbert.
 
 
May 18, 2009
Oh also yes there is also a sub-genre of online games called "dress-up games" Exxcept there aimed at males not females. And I wont post a link becase children could click it, however I will tell you that the clothes definetly aren't the main focus of the game.
 
 
May 18, 2009
But you fail to take into account the target market Scott.

Have you ever seen a girl play a video game? Why do you think theres so few girl gamers now? is it because they dont want to be pawed over online by 12 year old kids on the other side of the world? Maybe. But the main reason is that girls are just bad at games in general.

I got my girlfriend to have a go at Halo while I was playing it the other night, she almost cried because she physically couldn't work out two thumbsticks at the same time.

Yet you give it to a 4 year old boy and within minutes you'll be respawning from him.

Also on the plus side telling girls that they cant play video games because there female is a great way to get them to talk to you by triggering their other base impulse. Arguing.
 
 
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May 18, 2009
Are we feeling a wee bit provacative today Scott? Solar panels and China may not be the enemy not enough for you?
 
 
May 18, 2009
Most of the women commenting on here do not seem to get it. Women do not get dressed up for no reason at all, and they do not get dressed up to impress men:
Women get dressed up to compete with other women. Most (but not all) of the women out there who hate getting dressed up hate it because they were out-competed and marginalized, most likely at school. And they probably don't even remember it. Girls can be vicious when they fight with other girls, and they almost always go for the quick kill. This game will help them sharpen their claws; yet another reason for the disenfranchised to threaten to boycott such an idea.
 
 
May 18, 2009
I'm surprised you missed this one, since you've been talking about how computers can eventually make style choices for you. With this missing link, you don't need the computers:

Create two front companies:

Company 1:
Girls Video Game Company - Release the video game as described but base the "correct" match on a real time popularity of the selections (don't tell anyone)

Company 2:
The Amazing Style Choosing AI Company - Use the data from Company 1 to feed your "AI", which auto-magically selects up and coming trends and figures out what is popular

Wondering what to get your wife? Just use the aggregate data from your wife's demographic to choose for you, it's like having thousands of woman advisors at your finger tips. Forget using this for commercial evils, just horde this plan and become the ultimate statistically average ladies man.
 
 
May 18, 2009
I really don't see what you all think is offensive about this. it sounds like a great idea. though I prefer more explosions in games.
 
 
May 18, 2009
The girls commenting here aren't the target market. They''re playing the same games as boys and don't like shopping. They're probably as bored with the Sims as I am. They're the exception, not the rule. Like tomboys.

The target market are the girls that create this stereotype in the first place. Because stereotypes form when they're true 90% of the time. Why should 90% of the people not get to play it and the creators not get to tap that avenue of revenue because 10% of the people that wouldn't buy the game anyway think its offensive?

I know girls that would love this. That would be good at it!
 
 
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May 18, 2009
If the game was based on real life, even if you got a match wrong, the game would tell you it was correct. Then, about 10 turns later, you'd find out that you screwed it up, but nobody wanted to tell you because they didn't want to hurt your feelings, even though they were secretly laughing behind your back.
 
 
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May 18, 2009
My 21 month old daughter would love this for about a day and a half.

Please don't make me boycott your blog.
 
 
May 18, 2009
I think it's an interesting idea, Scott, but probably more for younger or teen girls. I'm a woman and would have maybe tried that when I was younger, but now you'll find me more in Gears of War 2 and Rock Band. ^_^ And stereotypically, Puzzle Quest. ^_^
 
 
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May 18, 2009
you're almost there Scott - the ultimate game for girls would be untimed. getting it done "within a time limit" is your male sense of urgency talking. see "wandering willows" - its a free download on yahoo games.
 
 
 
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