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.
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.
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)!
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.