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July 20th, 2010
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Another link about girls and videogames

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Date:July 20th, 2010 08:43 pm (UTC)
Personally, I don't think that this is inherently a difference between men and women. I think that more commonly men have played more games, and been trained in a lot of conventions and mechanics over time, so they know how to react to things that designers throw at them.

Most games just aren't very friendly to people who aren't gaming naturals, and yes, I think more tutorials would be ace at addressing that. I loved how Nintendo put out Wii Play, which was a collection of super-simple minigames that you could buy in a bundle with a wiimote to teach people how to use it. It meant that people could learn how to use the wiimote *without* developers having to create a controller/convention tutorial for every game.

The worst offenders are RTSs. The games don't usually even start getting interesting until you've figured out the nuance of every unit, so why not teach us? Team Fortress 2 are starting to do this.

Hah, I was about to write a description of TF2, but I guess you're already familiar with it! ;)

Edited at 2010-07-20 08:47 pm (UTC)
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Date:July 20th, 2010 08:50 pm (UTC)
hahah yes, yes I am...

I actually wanted to try and play TF2 but got so fucking frustrated I said fuck it after less than like 5 min of play :P

Its weird because I find that the step by step approach is actually how I like to have things in the tech world too... so regularly I find that I am the one creating documents not even for other people but for me to remember how to do things if I have to do it again a year later :P
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Date:July 21st, 2010 02:42 pm (UTC)
I'd be happy to set up a private server some time, so that you, me and S can just mess around with the different classes and getting a feel for how they handle without someone shooting you in the head every 30 seconds ;)
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