While E3's keynotes were kicking off last week, several academics, developers and advocates of women in gaming gathered at UCLA to discuss girls, games and everything relating to the two. However, from Gamasutra's account of the event, nothing new was really discussed. Some of the key points brought up:
- Girls play games. (Well, duh.)
- Developers shouldn't try to focus on "girl game design" -- stereotyping game design by gender leads to missteps.
- Player-generated content is popular amongst girls, as is social gameplay.
- "Cuteness" in games, like anime and manga culture in Japan, encourages girls to get involved in gameplay.
- Women gamers and girl gamers are different; women and teenage girls have different demands on their time.
- Girls and women shouldn't just be gamers, but developers too.