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  • Gaming with Dad makes better Daughters!

    A recent study at Brigham Young University has established that video games can make girls happier and healthier as long as parents are willing to play along. The study by Sarah M. Coyne, Ph.D.,distributed questionnaires to 287 children between the ages of 11 and 16 and their parents, asking them a series of questions about video games, behaviorial, and family-related issues. The focus is to see if there is a connection between behavior of children andparental participation in gaming. And any other additionalbehavioraleffects.

    When it came to measuring their outcomes against factors like positive behavior, aggression, family connection, and mental health, the results were surprising. Girls had more positive results then boys.

    Research from the study discovered that girls that gamed with their parents (mainly their fathers, mothers admitted they don't game much) were better behaved, more connected to their families, were less aggressive, and less likely to succumb to internalizing, which can lead to depression.

    When reached for comment about the study and its results, researchers from the study stated the following:

    "When parents play video games with their daughters, they may be sending a myriad of messages. First, parents may show that they are willing to engage in an activity that is important to daughters. Second, playing video games can represent quality time between a daughter and a parent, especially when such play involves conversation between parent–child."

    So I guess in the end, that fathers and future fathers reading this article; if you want to establish a strong bond between you and your daughters, why not set up a round or two of Mario Kart or Plants vs. Zombies every once in a while. The results will be rewarding in the end.

    To read more about this article, visit this article page on Kotaku.

  • Girl Gamer's Pick: Princess Peach vs. Princess Zelda

    Two of the most quintessential females in gaming history (namely, Nintendos history) have only been matched up to fight each other before in games drastically affected by a gamers skill, and not their inherent character traits or abilities. So, because games like Super Smash Brothers dont truly justify who would win in some sort of fighting pageant between the two without the overwhelming differences of skill between varying gamers, I decided to measure up the two based on a variety of different factors.

    Best hair: Peach

    I have to give this one to Peach, because, frankly, it looks like she spends a lot more time on it (and I always appreciate someone who takes their time to look good, as I tend to spend no more than 5-10 minutes on my own hair), and, she just never has one blonde curl out of place. No matter how many times she just happens to be in a different castle, her locks stay in tact, something I think all girls secretly envy.

    Best outfit: Zelda

    Im a pink girl, but Im way more of a purple girl. And Zeldas dress, shoulder pads, corset thing shes got going on….its just cool. On top of it, Zelda gets two outfits, the second being that of when she transforms into the mobile and tough Sheik. Sure, Peach can float at heights that even Mario would envy with that Marie Antoinette dress of hers, but shes stuck with the one.

    Best Costume to Wear at Home: Peach


    I just think its way too tough to Cosplay any Zelda character, especially Link or Zelda, without looking creepy and old (no matter what the players age). Peach, on the other hand, comes in a variety of different Halloween costumes available for women of all ages.

    Best Fighting Move: Zelda


    This ones easy. Zelda can transform back and forth into two different personas, completely surprising the enemy at any moment while displaying a variety of different battle moves per form. All Peach really has is a parasol. Also, Zelda is more useful because she provides Link with hints and goodies instead of waiting to be saved by her boyfriend. You go girl!

    Most intelligent: Zelda


    Again, Zelda provides Link with tips, letters marking him as a VIP, as well as cool goodies like light arrows. She also actually helps in the battles against Ganondorf with her magical powers, and certainly gives you better hints than Navi, without telling you to LISTEN! Peach sits around on top of the castle eating crumpets with Bowser probably, until she pretends she needs rescuing when Mario approachesthen again, maybe Peach really does have it all thought out in that case….

    Winner: Zelda


    I dont think anyone can be surprised with this one. Zelda would kick Peachs poofy pink butt out of the castle in an instant, and then ride off into the distance playing the Ocarina and showing why she doesnt always need a man.

  • Best and Worst Realistic Female Gaming Characters

    Girl Gaming - Real/Unreal Video Game Females

    Female gaming characters are often women with unrealistic body proportions and idealistic features. And while every woman can admit it is nice to be sexy sometimes, it is definitely disheartening to google image "female gamers" and most of the photos are women in the underwear or naked. Many games feature strong, realistic female characters, and others are extremely sexed up versions of the real thing.We have compiled a list of the best and worst realistic female gaming characters.

    Best

    1. Faith from Mirror Edge

    2. Jade from Beyond Good and Evil

    3. Misty from Pokemon

    4. Samus Aran (She's even got the trendy side part and side-swept bangs to complete her look)

    5. Meryl Silverburgh

    Worst

    1. Lara Croft (No one looks like her except for Angelina Jolie

    2. Tifa Lockhart

    3. Dead or Alive Cast

    4. Chun Li

  • Girl Gamers Left out of Black Ops

    Girl Gaming - Black Ops

    When Call of Duty: Black Ops was getting ready to hit the market Activision and Treyarch put together a Prestige Edition and a Hardened Edition package of extras for their dedicated players. The Prestige Edition came with a copy of Black Ops, a Black Ops RC-XD Car, a premium steelbook casing, custom Black Ops emblem medal, a woods Avatar outfit, and four exclusive co-op maps. The Hardened Edition came with a custom Black Ops emblem medal, a woods avatar outfit, and four co-op maps. Awesome deal right? – For guys; yes, but for girls; well lets just say we received the short end of the stick on this one.

    Unfortunately for those who have created a girl avatar on their Xbox Live accounts they were unable to redeem the woods avatar outfit. After attempting to enter the redeem code a fail attempt message popped up that read:

    This code cannot be redeemed because that item will only fit a male avatar. Your avatar is female. You may want to share this code with a friend who has a male avatar.

    While the stereotype that more guys play video games, specifically, Call of Duty, may run in the guys favor, that doesnt mean there arent girl gamers out there in the Xbox Live community who werent ecstatic about the release of the newest edition of the collection. I even ran into some girls while playing live that claimed to have changed their avatars sex just so they could redeem their free Black Ops gear.

    While it was a disappointment that Activision and Treyarch overlooked the female gaming community, they did do their best to make amends for their error. While admitting their guilt, Activision offered what many believe to be a fair compensation. Activision and Treyarch have released codes for Xbox Live so that those with female avatars can access their new Black Ops Girls.

    While it may be a minor detail that was overlooked, it is the small things in life that can make or break a gamers day.

  • Top games for rookie gamer girls (part 2 of 3)

    Girl Gaming - Top choices of Rookie Female Gamers, part two!

    Games for girls just starting out need to possess a few essential qualities: they need to be compelling, simple but not mindless, preferably a little on the lighter side (unless gory games are your kind of thing after all, no two girls are completely alike!), and above all, a lot of fun. Here are three more examples of great games for rookie gamer girls.

    Tony Hawk Series
    The Tony Hawk games can pit two to four players against each other for some wild competition, but, more than anything, the evolution of the single player modes is really what separates this series from any other skateboarding or even snowboarding game. With dozens of different levels in locations such as San Francisco, Chicago, or even the zoo, each game is bursting with different objectives for a player to spend hours achieving. Some tasks are easy, and some are tough, showing room for a player's personal improvement and giving them something to aspire to. Graffiti mode is also a fun way to play. Furthermore, a player has the opportunity to play as skater girl champs Elissa Steamer, Vanessa Torres and Stacy Peralta, the world famous Tony Hawk, or other well known skaters such as Jackass' Wee Man and Bam Margera, as well as Bob Burnquist, Rodney Mullen, and Chad Muska.

    Mario Party
    Another franchise from the Mario Universe, Mario Party games provide perfect entertainment for players in groups or on their own competing against the computer. With 8 games released since the 1998 original for Nintendo 64, these games have classic elements that contribute to their entertainment value. The tournaments play much like a board game, with each player rolling the dice and encountering a variety of options depending on which square they land on. Following each round, all players battle each other in mini-games. These mini games range from puzzles to battle rounds, but most of all just consist of random tasks. Since each one is different, no one player truly has the advantage since everyone has different skills. Best of all for a newbie, each mini-game has instructions on how to play and an optional practice round.

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    Kingdom Hearts
    For one of the best RPGs for a gamer girl just beginning to delve into the role-playing game genre, Kingdom Hearts is a must. After all, what's not to like about a game where you can kick some butt and play as beloved Disney characters? Beginning with the first installment, which featured Disney characters, levels from Disney stories, and cameos from Final Fantasy characters, Kingdom Hearts has pumped out success after success with great action sequences, interesting storylines, amazingly developed levels, and even voice acting from renowned actors such as Haley Joel Osment, Hayden Panettiere, and Lance Bass. Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep, the sixth installment, will release for North America this September, so go on and reserve a copy now.

    Written by Evil Ambassador Lindsey Olson

  • Top games for rookie gamer girls (part 1 of 3)

    GIRL GAMING - Top Games for New Female Gamers

    If you're a female and haven't ever touched a video game controller, what have you been doing with your life? Gaming isn't just for boys (and girls with lackluster love lives) more and more, chicks are joining the ranks of both serious and casual gamers.

    But where to begin for the inexperienced? Well, there are plenty of games that generally tend to attract women, ranging anywhere from rookie to the expert. What's great about these games is their ability to appeal to everyone. These games are fun, compelling, and best of all, not so difficult as to totally lose you on your first gaming journey, but challenging enough to keep you hooked.

    In the first of a three-part article, I'll start with three series ranging from the very old to the very new.

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    Mario Kart
    The Mario universe has churned out over a hundred games, including Mario specific games or ones where he simply makes an appearance. But, for the sake of a newbie girl starting out, Mario Kart has to be one of the best. With a multitude of levels varying in difficulty and system that can be mastered quickly, Mario Kart is a great multiplayer game for a friend show you the reigns on or to figure out on your own. Try playing with Toad or Peach lighter weight characters provide easier handling for beginners. With Mario Kart games on Wii, Gamecube, Gameboy Advance, the classic on N64, and the upcoming Mario Kart 3DS to be released, there's a ton to choose from for any Nintendo console.

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    Rock Band
    For one of the best games to play in a group (and not feel like a nerd), definitely choose Rock Band. Try your skills at virtual guitar, bass, or drums or show off your voice playing the role of front woman. Rock Band can be played at Easy through Expert and the different instruments are great teaching tools. You just might have a hidden talent in music just waiting to be unleashed! Maybe you won't be Jimi Hendrix at the guitar, but maybe you're amazing at the drums. Maybe you're so good you could play in a real life band! The franchise now has Rock Band 1-3 and few band specific ones. It plays on Wii, Xbox, and Playstation 3 (or 2). Best of all, there are so many songs in the Rock Band jukebox sang by women (Blondie, Lady Gaga, Carrie Underwood)!

    NHL

    NHL Series
    Sports games are plenty of fun albeit a little confusing, especially for a girl who doesn't follow real life sports. That's why my pick for a sports game for girls would revolve around hockey (or even soccer). These no-nonsense games enact simpler rules and objectives than something like football, take less practice to get the hang aiming and scoring, and don't require too much strategy. Sometimes it's fun to just create your own team, name them after your friends, and beef up their stats to max that's definitely what I did back when I started with NHL 97. The upcoming NHL 11 will come out for PS3 and Xbox in September.

    So get out there and start gaming! Stay tuned for the next list to help you get started.

    Written by Evil Ambassador Lindsey Olson

  • Recent study shows female gaming down from 12% to 4% since 2006

    Girl Gaming - Down a percentage

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    A recent UK study observed at female presence in the games industry and showed a drastic decrease within the past four years. 12% of gamers in 2006 were female, compared to only 4% today. The survey, conducted by Liverpool PhD student Julie Prescott surveyed 450 UK women. The results showed the rise in females in business as a major factor.

    32% of the sample claimed to work over 45 hours a week, with 22% that worked between 6 and 55 hours a week, and 10% that worked more than 56 hours. 43% of surveyed women said their long work hours negatively impacted their well-being.

    Furthermore, 79% of surveyed women did not have children, therefore Prescott concluded that children had less to do with the decrease in female gaming than business.

    However, certain things should be taken into account in regards to the dramatic drop in female gaming and the results from Prescott's study. For example, 450 women make up a relatively small sample, and with completely different women surveyed than in 2006, the results may not necessarily be entirely conclusive.

    Personally, I believe there is more than just the increase of work hours deterring women from gaming, although work definitely contributes as a giant factor. For one, mainstream games nowadays have become way more masculine than games of the past for example, there is a huge difference between the era of games like Mario, and Banjo Kazooie, and Crash Bandicoot, to now where first and third person shooters, games like Grand Theft Auto, and sports games have become the main focus. That is not to say RPGs and "cute" games are no longer relevant, but people like what they can easily find. On top of it, certain stereotypes (that really shouldn't matter) do exist about female gamers stigmas of being "dorky" deter women more than they would men, especially as females hit their teens and twenties.

    A study about women in more countries in the UK would prove most efficient to compare the female presence in the gaming industry worldwide. But, for now, it is definitely interesting to see the impact of innovative business concepts on media and entertainment.

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