Girl Gamers

Surprise, surprise, but another gaming company has themselves in a bit of hot water over how they cater to female gamers. When will they learn it’s not only dudes buying their games. This time it’s the developer Gearbox feeling the fury of gamer girls over the lack of playable female characters in the online multiplayer portion of Aliens: Colonial Marines.

That’s right, in a game based on a franchise that gave us one of the most kick-ass, female warriors, Ripley, you can’t play as a woman when you want to game online. Way to seriously drop the ball, Gearbox.

But here’s hoping this might change before the games February 12th, 2013 release. Fan Melissa K. has started an online petition to make Gearbox aware of their egregious error. Under the username MOOSH89, the petition has already surpassed 2,000 signatures. Here’s their official statement from the petition’s website,

Aliens: Colonial Marines developed by Gearbox Software and published by SEGA is an upcoming First Person Shooter where according to the official website “You and your friends will become the most badass military outfit in the galaxy – the US Colonial Marines.”… “Enlist in the Marine Corps: Bringing you a true sequel to James Cameron’s classic Aliens…”… ” An extensive upgrade system allows players to customize their characters to play the way they want”, yet according to Brian Burleson, Producer at GBX, You CANNOT play as a female marine.

While we fully support Gearbox, We would like to request the inclusion of playable females. The ALIENS franchise is dominated by strong females such as Ripley, Vasquez, Ferro, Dietrich and most importantly, The Queen. There is roughly 5-6 months before the game goes Gold and releases February 12th, 2013. We believe ALIENS is the perfect starting pont for developers to start including playable females in more multiplayer shooters. And what better company to start this than Gearbox with the success of Borderlands and the benchmark shooter Brothers in Arms? There are many females that enjoy playing video games and are fans of the films who are tired of playing as a male all the time. Lets let Gearbox Software see how important this is to the ALIENS franchise!

What we want is the ability to create a CUSTOM female to represent ourselves just like the men can, in Multiplayer/Co-op in order for us to “Become a Colonial Marine” as well as accurately represent the other half of the United States Colonial Marine Corps!

I don’t believe the omission of a customizable female character was intentional by Gearbox, it’s an unfortunate oversight and sadly one we see more often than not. But it would be a great first step towards remedying the disparaging lack of options for female gamers.

Want to add you name to list of over 2,500 signatures? Sign the petition here.

Source: Gamespot via TDW: Geeks

 

Call me cynical but whenever I’m playing a game online and I see female characters, I assume about 97% of them are weird old fat guys in a basement somewhere pretending to be a chick. Well, I guess I am all kinds of wrong because a new survey from Gamehouse conducted last month says that more than half (55% in fact) of online gamers (on computers, consoles, social networking sites, or mobile devices) are women.

The crap, really? When did they take over?

Oh and it doesn’t stop there, not only are there more female gamers, they are also better than their non-female gamer counterparts. They have more sex, better social lives and are just generally happier. Is there anyway we can have this sky written or something? Everyone must learn of these amazing facts!

You can check the infographic out after the jump.

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XBox Girls Strike Back!

XBox Girl

I am woman, hear me flame.

These are the girls of every little gamer boy’s nightmare. They’ll have him quivering in his overpriced skater shoes, which, ironically, have never touched the griptape of a board. Previously seen in their first video, XBox Girls Get Revenge from College Humor, the girls are back to teach a sad, pathetic boy the meaning of abuse. You should really watch their first vid before tuning in to the sequel, other-wise you might actually feel sorry for the twerp. Don’t worry, he had this coming.

These videos are most definitely NSFW as they contain many, many, many colorful metaphors. As a female gamer I identify with being tired of getting shit whenever we play online. I repeat the cry, “I am woman, hear me flame.” And then hopefully not get banned from my XBox account. I am woman, but I’m not be as brave as these badass chicas.

Watch XBox Girls Strike Back below and click the jump for XBox Girls Get Revenge.

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GCYou know, I can really do the whole “are you lonely” gig for the beginning of this but this is just sad. GameCrush is an adult social network that lets gamers be “players” and play either a six minute flash game or 360 multiplayer game (Gears of War 2, Halo 3, COD: Modern Warfare 2, and Grand Theft Auto 4) with a “hot” girl gamer for ten minutes for the price of $8.25. Apparently you have the choice to play a “flirty” game or a “dirty” game, thus why this is for 18 year olds and up. Do some people still really think gamers are the sad bunch of folks from long ago. I think it has changed, and not to mention the four games above, most people that play those aren’t the sad lonely gamers the site probably believes to be. All I can see is that some people will be using this site as a joke. Will there be some sad man paying for this dumb service, yes there will be, and that’s whats going to upset me. Maybe I just want to believe gamers now aren’t too sad to pay for this.

If they really want to do a service for gamers, lets test their focus skill by having these gamers try to focus an online round while getting a blowjob, that would be better than this service and truly test if your a “player.” Anyways, checking out the site is no good since they have gotten so much traffic that its down. Kotaku has a gallery of the potential girl gamers you can face, and I’m sure they just picked out the ones that would make some people cringe at the idea of this. What do ya’ll think? You think this service will sell or is this just a stupid thing that will probably die in a few months?

Source: Gizmodo, GameCrush