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Posted: Apr 3rd 2012 10:01AM (Unverified) said

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I just want to point out that this is in no way a transparent attempt to get more immature adolescents to play their game in hopes of actually talking to a real life girl.

Also, it certainly isn't demeaning or insulting to either gender.

Yep...

Posted: Apr 3rd 2012 10:02AM (Unverified) said

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Just what I want in a pug... a buff that says "Look at me here I'm a real girl!"

I have to assume that they are aware this will deter girls who take their gaming seriously, and are simply hoping to attract guys who assume there will be girls playing the game.

Posted: Apr 3rd 2012 4:36PM (Unverified) said

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@(Unverified) This. It's not as bad as it used to be with "OMG it's a girl!", but you still get it from time to time. And there's always some guy who has to say something like this "A girl gamer? She must be fat or a dog then, there are no hot gamers." in some futile and immature attempt to get a picture of you, so you can prove your gender and looks. It's pretty demeaning.

So yep... pass!
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Posted: Apr 3rd 2012 10:02AM (Unverified) said

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They're offering the same discount to men purchasing male characters.

But great job posting a sensationalist article.

Posted: Apr 3rd 2012 10:05AM Wurm said

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They should from the start have designed the game to be fun for both males and females

Posted: Apr 3rd 2012 10:08AM Ehra said

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"Nival's Creative Producer Larisa Nuretdinova hopes this will expand Prime World's potential audience: "The idea is to introduce the MOBA genre not only to hardcore players who already love it, but to their friends who might be more casual, and of course to their sisters and girlfriends who may not be as hardcore.""

You know, there have been lots of times where I've wanted to get into the MOBA scene but haven't because every time I try I get slaughtered with little to no help in the learning process. This is the sort of thing I'd love and would get me to try this game out, but I don't have any ovaries so I guess I'm out.

Posted: Apr 3rd 2012 10:16AM edgecrusherO0 said

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Justin, I am disappoint. The discount works BOTH ways.

http://kotaku.com/5898398/this-game-offers-discounts-to-men-who-play-as-men

Men get charged less for male characters, females get charged less for female characters.

That being said, the defensive buff is retarded, their monetization scheme is retarded, and the game looks retarded (lolfacebookgame). Seriously, we don't need developers actively trying to force players into gender identification, but I guess we shouldn't expect much from a facebook "game" developer.

Posted: Apr 3rd 2012 10:32AM Ehra said

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@edgecrusherO0

Well, that changes things a huge deal. Guess that's what I get for not reading the source myself :p
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Posted: Apr 3rd 2012 10:51AM Ergonomic Cat said

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@edgecrusherO0 Indeed - the buff occurs iff you have a male playing a male near a female playing a female. It's an odd little thing, but they didn't give any bonuses to female players. They gave bonuses to mixed gender teams playing together and in close physical (in game) proximity.

Which isn't a terrible way to encourage mixed gender teams, really. But also makes for a far less exciting story.
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Posted: Apr 3rd 2012 10:45AM SiML said

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I'm sure you could level sexism against them. The women's only car insurance company 'sheila's wheels' had to start including men when challenged in-court about their deals based on gender.

Posted: Apr 3rd 2012 11:03AM (Unverified) said

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@SiML

There is nothing sexist about this and I suggest you actually try reading the article before spewing misinformation. The discounts and buffs apply to BOTH males and females. Massively only chose to report on the females for some disappointing reason...... The developers intent is apparently to discourage the "boys only" mentality that seems to develop in some groups. Through this mechanism they apparently hope that they will get more mixed gender grouping. It is probably a futile effort as most of the vocal players seem to have the mental maturity of some 12 year old punk ,so they tend to already ruin the play experience for both males and females alike.
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Posted: Apr 3rd 2012 11:06AM Ehra said

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"There is nothing sexist about this and I suggest you actually try reading the article before spewing misinformation. The discounts and buffs apply to BOTH males and females. Massively only chose to report on the females for some disappointing reason"

Why did you tell him to read the article before "spewing misinformation" when you already realize that the article itself contains that same misinformation?
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Posted: Apr 3rd 2012 11:40AM (Unverified) said

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@Ehra

I guess I should have clarified which article then. I was talking about the original source article at first but not the Massively article with the misinformation. I do see how that can be confusing now that you mentioned it. Just gets to me when people go out of their way to bash something without even bothering to learn the details first. But you are right, my post could have been better written. WTB edit button.
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Posted: Apr 3rd 2012 10:46AM Greyhame said

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The reasoning for the buff is really kind of stupid. As is making it only work if the player's sex matches the characters and other bonuses that has. I mean, what are they thinking with this?

Posted: Apr 3rd 2012 11:34AM epilepticemu said

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Ooh! I think this idea would work better in a game like Diablo 3 where the classes aren't gender locked. I hope Blizzard is watching!

Posted: Apr 3rd 2012 11:50AM Irem said

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I like how attempts to market to women so often swing to the completely absurd when all it takes to get their undying loyalty is usually a simple, two-step process:

1) Make an interesting, engaging, quality product.

2) Make sure that as few aspects of that product as possible actively repulse women.

The last part seems to be a tricky one for a lot of developers, so to clarify: pretend--just for a second--that you want both women and men playing your game. Then, with that in mind, try very, very hard not to assume that everyone finds high school locker room BS funny or appealing. Congratulations, you are well on your way to not only attracting female players, but probably anyone else who is sick of that.

Posted: Apr 3rd 2012 11:56AM (Unverified) said

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This seemed like a very odd thing until I read the Facebook tie in.

Game developers need to stop this entire social network meets gaming thing that's been going on. Concentrate on developing good gameplay and people will buy your products, and stop teaming with Facebook.

Posted: Apr 3rd 2012 12:30PM Deliverator said

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yeah, seriously - not all of us are kids. Some of us are professionals who wouldn't even begin to consider allowing video games to "post as you" on Facebook.
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Posted: Apr 3rd 2012 12:01PM kjhasdfjkhk said

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Hey guys, let's start protesting about equal rights, 'cause this is BS.

Posted: Apr 3rd 2012 12:29PM (Unverified) said

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Way to misreport the news, Massively. Seriously? Is this what journalism is all about?

The guys in the game get the same treatment. Guys get bonuses for playing guys, girls get bonuses for playing girls. Transgender persons and competitive players can still make fake facebook profiles to be whatever they want to be.

The only disappointment here is massively not checking out their own story before hitting publish button.

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