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Stereotypes Within Video and Computer Games

Computer games and videos are frequently subject to a wide range of popular stereotypes. As with almost all the stereotypes of course, most of those that relate to computer games are entirely inaccurate and out of date.

One of the most popular methods that has been around for many years is that computer games and video games are usually or almost entirely played by boys and girls either very rarely played computer games or video games, or perhaps those girls that did play video games are in some way geeky or nerdy.

In fact, back in the early 90s it was more often the case that girls were playing online web based games rather than boys. This statistic goes against people’s assumptions absolutely and entirely and when games manufacturers and designers realized the fact that girls were the largest market for online game they decided to try to develop video games and computer games which would take advantage of this large market and began developing games which appealed more to girls.

One of the most popular and successful games developed in the 90s specifically to target this large female population was the Sims, which has since been re released and reproduced many times taking advantage of the increasing developments in computer and video games technology and with an increasing number of add-ons that develop the capabilities of simulation software.

Another assumption as common is that characters within video games and computer games which happen to be female tend to be either very sexist or at best chronically outdated stereotypes. In fact most of the female characters in modern video games and computer games tends to be very dominant characters, very strong characters, and characters that have a leadership role which actually portray women in a very positive and strong way.

Many girls who play modern computer games actually find that the female characters in the video games provide them with role models that help them in their own lives and that the strength of personality and the fortitude with which these female characters tackle issues and problems provides added strength of character to the girls when dealing with real life issues.

Whilst it certainly is true to say that mainly boys play video and computer games and in fact the majority of gamers tend to be male although even to this day female players form the largest part of those online gamers rather than video or computer based, is it is also true to say that within many of these computer games there are female characters which are grossly stereotypical and can in some cases be considered to almost be offensive.

However if one is to be entirely fair when launching such criticism at computer games it is worth bearing in mind that many of the male characters in these video games are just as distorted and grossly stereotypical as the female ones, although generally this seems to be noticed or complained about far less frequently.

Whether this is because boys tend not to be concerned about the stereotypes or whether they simply don’t notice them is unclear but clearly it is not in the best interests of games manufacturers to include characters or images which could be considered offensive when the market for gamers is at its broadest.

The Video and Computer Gaming Sector is Growing

Like a rocket ship in one of the newest computer games, the video gaming industry has launched into outer space. Rarely have we see and industry grow so fast that it has outpaced the predictions of the analysts and experts. With more and more folks taking up computer games, due to the incredible new technologies and consoles like the xBox, there is a lag in quality content and public relations articles to fill up the multitude of magazines, ezines, websites and online community information boards.

One of the largest online article submission sites has addressed this by adding new categories of content for online article authors; a very wise choice indeed. These new categories for gaming make a lot of sense, as it is nearly a 100 Billion Dollar industry. Previously, such online article sites had been lumping all the gaming articles into one category, which did not do it justice. Plus, there are many gaming magazines and websites looking for specific content and there are 100s of very populated gaming communities and 1000s of email newsletters, that all need quality content and articles.

Unfortunately, the online gaming communities, and number of users is far surpassing the number of new online article writers who have submitted articles on video and computer games, so it seems that the flow of content will have a bit of catching up to do. What will the gaming industry sub-sector do in the future? Well, it will certainly continue to grow, how much is anyone’s guess, as it has far surpassed all the previous predictions, so we are now in uncharted territory and boldly going where no human has gone before.

Benefits Between Console Games and Computer Games

There are many benefits of playing console games verses computer games; one of the major benefits is the fact that the console games are generally cheaper than having to buy a personal computer. However, computer games possess way better graphics than any other video game you will ever play. Therefore, it is difficult to decide which type of system you want to choose.

The console games are somewhat easier to set up and to play in fact they are so simple that young children can manage to play them without difficulty. Playing video games enables the player to escape into a new world of action and adventure. The player feels like he or she becomes the character in the game, and no task or level is too great to accomplish. However, you look at it; it depends on what game you choose to play. There are many levels of strategic missions to accomplish. There is the fantasy attached to see your self as being and doing something special like saving a downed solder in battle or saving lives. However, video games are not real and will in no way prepare you for real life.

Video games require skill and coordination as well as memory a player must learn and remember what each button does as well as learn the outline of the game. All of this is in order to conquer the game. Playing video games can be addicting to a person playing the games but would you rather have you child at home playing video games or out in the world getting into trouble.

The console games have recently developed systems that provide much better quality of games and features. They also have increased in the price and numbers for these types of consoles. The newer console systems allow players to play on or off line. If you choose to play online then this enables you to play multiple player games as well as chat with new people.

The computer game consoles have opened up a completely new world to video game players. The more advanced systems that connect to the computer allows the players to play alone or with groups of players or teams to venture into unknown or alien worlds and accomplish even greater feats than the older game could. The technology in computer advancement has improved the graphics so much everything on the screen is life like or real in appearance.

The only draw back is the more advanced the technology the greater the cost of producing the games and the systems. Therefore, as you can see there are many benefits to both the console games as well as the computer games: so either one will allow you to escape from the everyday world of trouble for a short while.