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Is VR popular with women?

madamluckmadamluck Posts: 128 Poster of the Week
im very curious about this because when I am in a multi player game like echo arena and therecroom I only ever see men/ boys. I have yet to meet another woman is echo and I've only ever seen not even a handle in the rec room. And I have also noticed from reading forms the majority are men. I can't tell you how many times Ive read posts about how I bought a rift without my wife knowing, she's going to kill me but I never see woman saying that about their husband/ partner lol. I know women do play but it seems, to me it's only a very low percentage that do. I could be wrong and they could be avoiding multiplayer games as I have also started to go less as some of the men/ little boys I run into are either very rude and sometimes very crude or follow me around like we are going to hook up , they find out I have kids and I'm married, then they vanish lol . I'm just really curious about how many women have an oculus rift/ any vr headset that is theirs and got it for themselves. 
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  • SyrellarisSyrellaris Posts: 540
    Trinity
    hmm i'm sure there are some. Just that the technical side of computers or the more tech like hardware, is not always very popular with woman. 
  • madamluckmadamluck Posts: 128 Poster of the Week
    @Syrellaris that's true as I don't really have a clue when it comes to computers. My husband on the other hand does as he's built ours. But unlike me he has no want or desire for VR . I had told him I'm getting one and that's that lol . He tried it on one for less than a minute. It made his eyes hurt - I don't think he adjusted it right but he refuses to try it again. 
  • SyrellarisSyrellaris Posts: 540
    Trinity
    Adjusting the headset is def. a must. It is like trying on new glasses, it will make your eyes hurt for a bit the first few times if you arent used to it. He should suck it up and try again :tongue:

    Anyway, I do believe that with gaming becoming more and more popular as well as socially accepted, that it is becoming more popular under girls and woman. Though, i do think they still prefer to play mainly phone type of games. I'm hoping that with VR this eventually will change and that even they will enjoy more serious games.

    Though, perhaps the technology has to advance a bit more and become lighter, less intrusive upon ones head for that to happen.
  • Techy111Techy111 Posts: 3,589 Valuable Player
    I ordered my Rift a couple days ago and I can't wait for it to come in :D  Then again, I am a professional programmer into all the stereotypically "male" dominated games and tech stuff :P  I'm just...ya know...not a male.  :)
    I call foul and demand proof ;)
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  • kojackkojack Posts: 3,500 Volunteer Moderator
    Techy111 said:
    I ordered my Rift a couple days ago and I can't wait for it to come in :D  Then again, I am a professional programmer into all the stereotypically "male" dominated games and tech stuff :P  I'm just...ya know...not a male.  :)
    I call foul and demand proof ;)
    Come on, let's not start with unfunny bullshit like that.



  • Techy111Techy111 Posts: 3,589 Valuable Player
    edited July 16
    Sorry ? Nothing bullshit intended. Humour reined in and restricted. Thanks.......thought the  ;) might have given it away as a joke ?
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  • vannagirlvannagirl Posts: 1,329 Poster of the Week
    Techy111 said:
    Sorry ? Nothing bullshit intended. Humour reined in and restricted. Thanks.......thought the  ;) might have given it away as a joke ?
    i was not offended but it was not aimed at me, i get your very jokey personality though

    and bad jokes ;)
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  • Techy111Techy111 Posts: 3,589 Valuable Player
    Thanks girl, with 3 girls of my own I wouldn't mean anything by this. Maybe I should put my polite hat on? Or maybe just stick to my forum.
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  • vannagirlvannagirl Posts: 1,329 Poster of the Week
    Techy111 said:
    Thanks girl, with 3 girls of my own I wouldn't mean anything by this. Maybe I should put my polite hat on? Or maybe just stick to my forum.
    pfft none of the above

    some jokes hit the mark some miss, i always saying things then wondering if i really went ott or was misunderstood
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  • Shadowmask72Shadowmask72 Posts: 2,500 Valuable Player
    edited July 16
    Good job Techy111, you played the typical male forum stereotype and frightened her away  :D.

    So now we have to stick with Vannagirl's dodgy jokes but at least she is still the forum Queen.  <3

    Only kidding. I will speculate though if she works in a male orientated environment like she suggests, then will be well used to our male behavior.

    Hello CandiceJoy , just ignore Techy111  :D

    OT: I think a lot of women in relationships find an interest in tech their partners bring into the home. Women might not be the main user or even purchase the VR headset, but once tried find it just as fascinating. Then there are arguments as to who gets to use it first!


     






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  • vannagirlvannagirl Posts: 1,329 Poster of the Week
    Good job Techy111, you played the typical male forum stereotype and frightened her away  :D.

    So now we have to stick with Vannagirl's dodgy jokes but at least she is still the forum Queen.  <3

    Only kidding. I will speculate though if she works in a male orientated environment like she suggests, then will be well used to our male behavior.

    Hello CandiceJoy , just ignore Techy111  :D

    OT: I think a lot of women in relationships find an interest in tech their partners bring into the home. Women might not be the main user or even purchase the VR headset, but once tried find it just as fascinating. Then there are arguments as to who gets to use it first!


     





    lolol forumqueen

    yes you either get with the male jokes or you get going in some proffessions, you are right though i think many women get into tech via their partners or brothers etc

    My ex build my pc for me but i have learnt alot, i was always a gamer but handhelds really or some consoling over the years

    i love how techy though keeps going there is nothing better sometimes then slow motion carcrashes :D <3




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  • RorschachPhoenixRorschachPhoenix Posts: 1,564 Valuable Player
    edited July 16
    Of course there are women that are interested in VR. But they are underrepresented. I've found that the majority (not all, but the majority) of women have no interest in "tech stuff" unless it get's more social. I think we will see more women in VR in the future. It is an expensive gaming niche right now.
    Excuse my bad english. I speak to you through the google translator. :P
  • SnackyAUSnackyAU Posts: 39
    Lawnmower Man (or Woman)
    edited July 16
    I think it's only recently females have been enjoying Video gaming more and more often (And openly) which is awesome. But at the end of the day they are still... not a minority when it comes to video games but certainly not the most vocal of the numbers. And when you have a thing like VR or whatever platform that is only in it's early years (well modern VR) the numbers are only going to be even more skewed.

    Hopefully the fact that groundwork has been laid and all that in regular gaming the uptake will be way higher as female gamers are awesome. Not because they are ladies.. just because the more people playing games the easier it is to find people to play with. And end of the day i don't care what gender you are.. where you are from.. i just want faster queue times / games filled quicker !!! Make queues short again!
  • snowdogsnowdog Posts: 2,014 Valuable Player
    There aren't that many women into VR because there aren't that many women into video games in general. The amount of women playing video games increased when the Wii was released years ago but they're still in the minority.
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  • SnackyAUSnackyAU Posts: 39
    Lawnmower Man (or Woman)
    snowdog said:
    There aren't that many women into VR because there aren't that many women into video games in general. The amount of women playing video games increased when the Wii was released years ago but they're still in the minority.

    Not sure about that i think the rise of Mobile gaming has been a massive year on year contributor to increasing female participation in video gaming both online and single player / offline
  • Shadowmask72Shadowmask72 Posts: 2,500 Valuable Player
    There has to be a distinction made between casual mobile video gaming and console or PC gaming. Stats would suggest 50% of gamers are indeed female. Whereas that figure reduces significantly when you ignore mobile platforms. I believe Snowypooch is referring to console PC gaming.


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  • cybernettrcybernettr Posts: 575
    Neo
     I was in echo arena last night for about an hour, and the entire time I think I heard one female voice. In fact, one of the other players even commented, "a girl!" The previous time  I played I also heard only a couple of female voices.  It's not a stereotype: the fact is, girls simply tend to be less interested in gaming than guys in general.  

    This may come as a shock to some people, but there are inherent differences between males and females, and in fact, that's one of the reasons the sexes complement one another. The constant desire by the Left to minimize sex differences is sad, bizarre and destructive IMO. 
  • nalex66nalex66 Posts: 3,299 Power Poster
    edited July 16
    We don't have to make this political, but since you went there...

    Maybe the reason women stay away from MP games is that they get exposed to the worst of the "get back to the kitchen" mentality of certain types who think that women have no place in "male" spaces like video games, sports, politics, the workplace, etc.
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  • snowdogsnowdog Posts: 2,014 Valuable Player
    There has to be a distinction made between casual mobile video gaming and console or PC gaming. Stats would suggest 50% of gamers are indeed female. Whereas that figure reduces significantly when you ignore mobile platforms. I believe Snowypooch is referring to console PC gaming.
    Oi! I'm the Guardian Of The Overworld! Snowypooch indeed :o :D :p
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  • snowdogsnowdog Posts: 2,014 Valuable Player
    nalex66 said:
    We don't have to make this political, but since you went there...

    Maybe the reason women stay away from MP games is that they get exposed to the worst of the "get back to the kitchen" mentality of certain types who think that women have no place in "male" spaces like video games, sports, politics, the workplace, etc.
    That's a very good point. I hope @vannagirl can cook! :p
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  • SnackyAUSnackyAU Posts: 39
    Lawnmower Man (or Woman)
    Yea i mean i am not trying to say it will ever be exactly a 50/50 split i just mean i think it's not nearly as crazy as you might think. Females are 100% less likely to talk / reveal they are a female but yea i get both of the points made !
  • cybernettrcybernettr Posts: 575
    Neo
    nalex66 said:
    Maybe the reason women stay away from MP games is that they get exposed to the worst of the "get back to the kitchen" mentality of certain types who think that women have no place in "male" spaces like video games, sports, politics, the workplace, etc.
     You apparently think that most guys are beasts, but I disagree with you.  Women are so rare in multiplayer games that I think they tend to get the VIP treatment from guys. There's a certain chivalry the comes out towards women in multiplayer games that guys don't show towards each other.  I've never heard the "get back to the kitchen" mentality in, like, say, the last fifty years, so I think that statement is absurd.
  • vannagirlvannagirl Posts: 1,329 Poster of the Week
    nalex66 said:
    Maybe the reason women stay away from MP games is that they get exposed to the worst of the "get back to the kitchen" mentality of certain types who think that women have no place in "male" spaces like video games, sports, politics, the workplace, etc.
      I've never heard the "get back to the kitchen" mentality in, like, say, the last fifty years, so I think that statement is absurd.
    No

    that BS exists,

    i can assure you, just go on console MP. tbh i stayed away from gaming during that whole gamegate thing, although i never fully understood it but i suddenly was on the end of a bit of hate in other forums i used to hang in. You may notice i often make feminazi jokes, because it is kinda dumb, all of it

    Also appreciate there are sexual differences and likes but there is alot of crossover of likes, i like Military sims, i know guys who like fashion and design, it goes on and on

    In games such as wow there is a huge female gamer network, infact its normal to be a girl playing, just look at wow streamers, its high in the female catagory but to say this kitchen mentality does not exist is absurd. As a guy you just do not hear it as much as i would not pick up on guy abuse so much

    not that i am complaining at it, i work in a fully male enviroment even i am told there, women are often not sent to the front lines for xyz

    anyhow


    haha @snowdog

    you are such a douche bro i feel like running you over hahahahahaha

    J/K
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  • Shadowmask72Shadowmask72 Posts: 2,500 Valuable Player
    SnackyAU said:

    Hopefully the fact that groundwork has been laid and all that in regular gaming the uptake will be way higher as gamer chicks are awesome. 

    Although SnackyAU probably means no offense with this comment because he's Austrailian and "chicks" is a common complimentary term (I am assuming you're Australian based on your username). Women from other countries  might find that comment disrespectful. And here lies the problem. Women in games are seen as novelties rather than equals which for those who lap up the attention is great but not so much for those who just want to get on and game like their fellow male players.


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  • nalex66nalex66 Posts: 3,299 Power Poster
    I don't think all guys are beasts (just the right-wingers ;) ), but I've seen some behaviour when a girl shows up in the Echo Arena lobby that I wouldn't describe as "chivalrous". Unless your idea of chivalry is following a girl around and pestering her with overly personal questions and suggestive comments. 
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  • cybernettrcybernettr Posts: 575
    Neo
    vannagirl said:

    i stayed away from gaming during that whole gamegate thing, although i never fully understood it but i suddenly was on the end of a bit of hate in other forums i used to hang in
     I think you suffer from a persecution complex.  The whole gamer gate fiasco was explained very well in the book "SJW's Always Lie" by Vox Day.  Basically, some woman wrote a horrible game and then complained when it got bad reviews. Social justice warriors picked up on it and started claiming that was indicative of massive discrimination in the gaming community.  They created a huge fiasco that previously not had existed. Because of this, bad feelings exist in the gaming community to this day. 
  • SnackyAUSnackyAU Posts: 39
    Lawnmower Man (or Woman)
    @Shadowmask72

    i edited my original comment it was not meant to be taken in any context except description of gender.. just a bit of slang i guess. Apologies ..
  • vannagirlvannagirl Posts: 1,329 Poster of the Week
    vannagirl said:

    i stayed away from gaming during that whole gamegate thing, although i never fully understood it but i suddenly was on the end of a bit of hate in other forums i used to hang in
     I think you suffer from a persecution complex. 
    No i just got bored of the countless hate

    thank you for the diagnosis
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