Essay on Video Games And The Video Game Industry

1985 Words Dec 11th, 2015 8 Pages
The video game industry has always been known as a male-dominated industry, with most video games being marketed towards males and many video game programmers being male. But in recent years, there has been a rise in the number of female gamers in the industry. Although there are a lot of women interested in video games, there are still a lot of problems regarding sexism and the video game industry. Sexism can be found in the video games that girls play as they grow up to women who enter the industry as creators and programmers. An extreme example of this sexism can be found in GamerGate, an event surrounding women working in the video game industry. There has been a lot of progress regarding representation in video games, but there are still a lot of problems with body image, harassment, and stereotyping for women in video games. Many video games are known for marketing towards a specific audience, such as popular shooter games being marketed for males. With the growing numbers of female gamers, many game companies have made games specifically for girls and keep the gendered games separated. Xeniya Kondrat explains in her article “Gender and Video Games: How Is Female Generally Represented in Various Genres of Video Games?” that games such as Barbie and Sims games are examples of games that stereotype girls since “most of these games were based on the stereotyping that girls like to play with dolls, dress them and buy things”. Although it isn’t bad for a girl to like being…

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