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Girl Gamer Mag: Educational or Downright Disturbing?

After seeing the The Girl's Guide to Gaming Handbook, I was totally prepared when I saw this Girl Gamer mag by Nintendo. The pink title, the pink DS Lite, pink lipstick, it's all starting to look the same! I can't wait to get my hands on a copy so I can examine the goods, and see if it actually has some substance underneath its pastel pink cover (although I must admit, its not half as bad as the Gaming Handbook).

Discussed on the gamer site Kotaku, this magazine is said to be the second free issue distributed by Nintendo in the UK and will become available to avid girlie-gamers this March.

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prinny prinny 9 years
In my opinion, i think this is one of those topics where you know that you want something different, but you aren't exactly sure about what it is that SHOULD be different? get it? idk. Its like.. We don't want games about babies.. but we don't want death games either.. but we aren't sure about what would be in between? But who cares if it's pink, atleast they're trying huh. we should all unite and start our OWN magazine if you ask me. :]
ladygypsy ladygypsy 9 years
This is almost as insulting as the armor models for female World of Warcraft characters. Or any "fantasy" game character for that matter. I wouldn't mind a magazine aimed at female gamers. All they need to do is write one with a tone that falls directly in between "vapid bubblehead" and "lives in a dark basement."
sageflower sageflower 9 years
I find this downright condescending, stereotypical and sexist - "Look, it's girl-gamer Barbie!" Game companies seem to act like the "girl gamers" market is all about pink. Yuck. Girls are just as smart and capable as guy gamers, so why make such a distinction? Make games that don't objectify women, make them challenging, make smart content and great storylines and girls will come. Don't treat women like they're vacous and stupid, Nintendo. Finally: cooking and babies. Ew.
SweetnLow SweetnLow 9 years
First off- I kinda prefer salmon pink to regular pink. But then again, I prefer peach to pink so maybe that explains it. Secondly- H@ll yeah, Colormesticky! If they *Really* want to appeal to girl gamers they need to dress that cover model up like Tank Girl and have her pose with Link's Crossbow. Now THAT is a magazine I would run out and buy.
Emmiekitten Emmiekitten 9 years
With me it has gone beyond irritation at the fact that everything MUST BE PINK ( I live with a girl who will buy anything if its pink, even vile salmon pink) , I'm now annoyed by the fact that everything aimed at girl gamers must simplistic and unintelligent. ONM is a pretty cool magazine, aimed at boys/men really, with in depth reviews and features on games, but girls get crappy starter guides and at-a-glance features. Why can we not have something aimed at girls but with similar content?
KadBunny KadBunny 9 years
Nah I see what you're saying awesomeness but honestly, look at it. A magazine that's dolled up in pink, reads "learn how to cook on your DS" on the cover AND directly aimed at girls? :P It IS the Girl Gamer mag. Haha, I don't know. Besides that being blatantly sexist, this is precisely the reason why the divide between male gamers and female gamers will never dissipate. It's not like that magazine's even intended for little girls or anything, that would've been understandable; maybe even cute. But look at herr Oh well. I'm over trying to convince people I play Halo and other shooters; I just do it and let them talk. Besides, the reactions are fun sometimes. Or I dunno maybe I'm reading into it too much. :)
beingtazim beingtazim 9 years
is this girl from the 70s or something? if so - she looks good for her age. :) yep. that is my comment.
i-am-awesomeness i-am-awesomeness 9 years
Um, I can see where its offensive and demeaning to women, but there are some girls/women who would be interested in this. It serves a purpose. And the Cooking Mama game does look like fun, honestly.
KadBunny KadBunny 9 years
colormesticky colormesticky 9 years
Blasphemy. Girl needs to be playing Zelda on a gold DS, not that pink Cooking Mama bullcrap.
krystij krystij 9 years
ehadams got it right. "Win! A DS Lite with Imagine:Babies game!" Ugh, indeed.
verily verily 9 years
Cooking Mama? Talk about insulting. When I was a young girl and finally had a computer at my disposal to play games on, you wanna know what I played? Wolfenstein 3D! That's right. This little pigtail wearing girl shot Nazis and blew up RoboHitler. Then, came Doom and Carmageddon... I hate all this condescending crap being thrust onto us. We're perfectly capable of playing the same games that guys play. And I could swear I read somewhere that more women than men play online games.
kitkatherine kitkatherine 9 years
yeah m m m - i play pokemon and animal crossing. animal crossing is so cute. so is pokemon. i guess they might be "childish" but really they aren't. animal crossing is fun because you get to control your environment. and pokemon is a classic, but i can't get enough of my cute little squirrel. this magazine cover freaks me out. like... i'm not going to put on lipstick to play my ds. i dunno, i read, and i like it okay. but i hate puting it into girl gamers and boy gamers. i get enough crap on halo already (boys saying "kitkatherine.... it's a girl... i bet she's great - you better watch out for her.... who has the name kit katherine".... and i'm like "my parents named me katherine......")
sparklekitti sparklekitti 9 years
That's almost painfully girly. And yet, I'd probably pick a copy up and read it.
Jude-C Jude-C 9 years
Why do they feel the need to distinguish "girl gamers" with a totally different aesthetic? Is that something that they think would attract more girl gamers? I've been playing video games for years (and buying video game magazines as well) and never felt left out because the magazines aren't pretty.
ninjastarlett ninjastarlett 9 years
Why does it have to be pink? =\
freegracefrom freegracefrom 9 years
They seem to have pegged "girl gamers" as being only interested in cutesy games that don't involve too much skill. I do indulge the cutesy side of me, but I also like games that are a wee bit more hardcore. When I think of girl gamers, I think of types that are more like the Frag Dolls.
kristyrk kristyrk 9 years
Ohmygosh, M M M, there's TONS of games out there for you that are fun and non-violent. Just to name a few: Mario Kart, Diddy Kong Racing, Super Mario Bros, Yoshi's Island, Yoshi Touch and Go, Brain Age, Cookie and Cream, Animal Crossing, Phoenix Wright (where you are an Attorney and solve cases), Elite Beat Agents (waaaay fun rhythm game!) and one of my all time faves is the Meteos: Disney Magic - a super fun puzzle game similar to Tetris.
Daisie Daisie 9 years
"Learn to cook on your DS" disturbs me to no end. I mean that's cool if you can do it..but men need to learn how to cook as well as women. I don't see that being a selling feature on men's gaming mags. Hey...I like pink things but not if they suck compared to something else. How about something to appeal to real geek grrls? Advanced graphics...amazing sound quality....interesting to play? Sheesh. Why NOT to but that pink controller or wiimote cover...because it sucks compared to X brand. THAT would be worth something.
ehadams ehadams 9 years
This makes me sick. Will there ever be a day when things targeted to women aren't pink or related to "feminine" things like cooking and babies? Look at the yellow thing in the bottom corner- you can win some game called Imagine Babies. Ugh.
juicylove juicylove 9 years
i have a pink 360 controller:)? this magazine might be okay. i dont have nintendo consoles, but i hate war games so if this lets girls know about other things, it seems like a good idea.
glam-sugar glam-sugar 9 years
It's not as bad as the other one but seriously, I don't just play games that are more targeted at girls so it'll be interesting to hear what they've really got in it.
Taadie Taadie 9 years
what is up with the makeup on this girl. Did they have one of the boy gamers do it with a paintball gun?
m-m-m m-m-m 9 years
This is so out of character for me but I am totally into this. I do have a pink DS and I've been trying like crazy to find DS games that I would like. I just want fun stylus games that aren't warlike or violent. I can't cook but I love cooking mama! I love Mario. What else is out there for me thats not like completely babyish!
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