Why People Think Video Games Are Just For Boys | Adam Ruins Everything

Why People Think Video Games Are Just For Boys | Adam Ruins Everything

– Early video games, like
Pong, were totally unisex. – Am I a boy dot or a girl dot? – You’re just a dot. – Ow, ow, ow, ow, ow. – In fact, the game was marketed to the entire family. – What about Pac-Man? He was a boy. – True, but the game was
so popular with women, that when it came time for a sequel, the developers gave it a female
main character, Ms. Pac-Man. – Ah yeah, I’m spooky. – Not Mrs, Ms. She was a modern ’80’s career woman. – I have an MBA in eating ghosts. Wakka, wakka, wakka, wakka, wakka, wakka. – (screams) She’s so confident! – And not only was much
of the audience female, many of the developers were too. Among the stars of early game design were Atari’s Carol Shaw, Centipede creator Donna Bailey, and Roberta Williams, an adventure game pioneer and company co-founder whose King’s Quest
series was a massive hit among gamers of all stripes. – Cool, it seems like everything’s great. Can I play my game now? – Nope, because all of that changed thanks to the video game crash of 1983. Greedy publishers started
flooding the market with shoddy games like I Want My Mommy, Lost Luggage, and E.T. for the Atari 2600, which has been called one of
the worst games of all time. – Yuck, I’ll play anything, and even I know that’s a turd. – Most adults stopped
playing games entirely, and the video game market cratered. (techno explosion) So, when it came time
to market the original Nintendo Entertainment System, Nintendo devised a plan. Instead of selling it in
the electronics section, they sold it in the toy aisle. But by then, the toy aisle was completely separated into pink
and blue, boy and girl. Nintendo had to choose a side. They went with boy. And then they marketed to
those boys relentlessly. – What’s it like to play the Nintendo Entertainment System? (upbeat ’80’s rock music) Now you’re playing with power. – Other brands soon followed suit. – Introducing games from Sega. Let the break begin from the boys. – And kept marketing to
them as they grew up. – It’s not the size of your howitzer, it’s what you do with it. – I got this pulling a 360 stalefish. – I know you like that, I know you love that. – It’s all about the control. (upbeat hip hop music) – You are so totally whipped. – Come and play with me. – And after decades of
this kind of advertising, – What’s up, bitch? – we now think of video games as being the exclusive
domain of the male sex. – OK, those ads are weird, but boys just like video
games more than girls do. – Sorry, Jake, that’s a straight up myth. More adult women play video games than teenage boys do. – Sweet! – That’s just counting stupid phone games. – Uh, so, games are games, Jake. All that means is that mainstream consoles like PS4 and Xbox One
are refusing to serve a huge untapped market. – Untapped market. – We’re talking millions of women who would love to play more games, but are being pushed away from the hobby by weird old-fashioned marketing that publishers are sticking with seemingly out of shear force of habit. – Force of habit. – Ah, who’s doing that? Why are you hurting me, Megan? – Because I’m mad at you. I like games. I’ve always liked them. It’s just sometimes I feel
like they don’t love me back. And you act like I’m not supposed
to play them or something just because you listen
to all these stupid ads. – Jake, video games are
the greatest new art form of the century. They can do anything. Saying they’re for just
one gender is ridiculous. – Yeah, it’s like saying
movies are just for girls, or books are just for dads. It’s stupid. – When we think about video games in such a limited way, it makes the games worse, it loses the industry money, and it’s really mean to your sister. (Jake screaming) – Just wait, he’ll burn
out in about three minutes. – Yeah, I’ve seen this before. Hey, I’m Adam from College Humor. If you liked that clip,
make sure to check out my new show “Adam Ruins Everything” Tuesdays at 10 pm on Tru TV. It’s gonna ruin your Tuesday, but trust me, the rest of
your week will be fine.

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100 Replies to “Why People Think Video Games Are Just For Boys | Adam Ruins Everything”

  1. So long as they aren’t gonna break my ears with horrible mics or spout offensive stuff I don’t care

  2. Other than "no girls on the internet" jokes does anyone still say this? This doesn't strike me as something that comes up much. Full disclosure: I'm a man and I acknowledge I don't have the experience of a female gamer.

  3. Adam has to re-define video games to argue that lots of women play video games in his feminist rant about something that's never been a real issue. Okay

  4. my sister plays League of Legends and you were absolutely right about adult women playing video games!

  5. it's because female characters in video games have unrealistic looking bodies where their breasts and bottoms are the size of watermelons and their waists are about the same size as a pencil eraser

  6. …Goddamn it Adam is so annoying and also pretty cute but so frickin irritatingly adorable so why don’t you just kill me now.

  7. Also my mom plays candy crush i live in the philippines 🇵🇭 and we are the texting capital of the world 🌎 so yeah

  8. Here’s my thing. Girls USED to not be advertised to but these days everyone is… and yet it’s still a drastically larger number of boys playing than girls (and no im not counting candy crush). Girls can join now with no issue what so ever and most people promote it, they just choose not to play. So just leave it up to woman as it always has been.

  9. This boy is so mean to his sister…and he gets mad that he is told off and doesn’t get what he wants, he a bad boy 😠⚔️

  10. The candy crush argument is so unbelievably stupid. Moms don’t play it because there’s nothing on Xbox/ps4. They play candy crush BECAUSE it’s on their phones. Also candy crush is on Xbox and moms don’t play there. I feel badly for people who enjoy this BS.

  11. My sister isn’t the biggest fan of games… but she is a fan of more calm games. Like tomodachi life, animal crossing, and snipperclips.

  12. u know the only peapel who believe that games are just for boys are ignorant douches no 1 likes not even their parents ore adults set in there ken sexist time the harsh reality is that most gamers act like weirdos around girls and also phone and Wii arent games there 1 doesent have multiplayer and the ohter is incaple of making a game that isint shit and has 200000000zilon f ing ads that make the phone game look even wurse

  13. guess what, when i first played GTA San Andreas I was only 6 years old, and guess what, I play serious games, like the Witcher 3, mafia 3/2 assassins creed ( and fyi i have played every single assassins creed game) so, being a girl doesn't mean playing the "dress Elsa, Elsa salon" games or candy crush.

  14. I'm not at all sure about the stereotype hurting sales. Unisex products are tough market nowadays, while just men are easily lured by promise of masculinity. Having to make worthy content for two segments is not as profitable as selling crap to just one. That's why even food is very gender specefic

  15. I don't really think that mobile games like candy crush count as main stream games. I mean you won't see candy crush 2 anounced in E3

  16. Jake says boys like video games more than girls do I like video games I play all video games are on Xbox 360 and most of those games are for boys

  17. Stop making up problems that don't existe anymore…no one think that anymore, up date a little. This video is poorly executed. I am a girl and i would be curious to know what % of girl play game like Halo ….arcordin to halowaypoint, the awser 5%… yeah… 5%. Candy crush and other game like that can't be compared to pc and console game. And if you are a girl and you need a girl character to play a game…you are just a narcissistic person. I play deus ex and i don't care that the charscter is a man. I play metroid and i don't care that the character is a women. I just enjoy the game at it is.

  18. lol I'm a girl and I like all the games. I like Nintendo and my phone is filled to the brim with dumb mobile games. Not Candy Crush though.
    Candy Crush is the devil.

  19. Thats what i love about my family, my mom and dad share one TV screen, and i get the other, so when its time to get that PHAT loot in borderlands, its showtime.

  20. When I was growing up I was obsessed with video games and their lore, my brother preferred watching movies and playing with toy cars, guess who got all the video game stuff, my brother. And to add insult to injury our mum finally got me a video game but said I had to use my brother’s console, my brother was an abusive prick as the time and I never got to play that game but he happily played it a shit ton.

  21. Literally no one who plays games considers mobile games to be actual games. Effectively what they are is just stuff to pass time simply because you are busy, it is very rare that I see someone legitimately pick up a mobile game due to interest. They are built to pass time and are built to be more addictive with no substance. There are some games out there, but those aren't the games with millions of users cough candy crush cough

  22. Girls do play video games but not all Girls play fps games and yet I see feminists constantly angry about not having enough female players/representation in fps tournaments or online events.

  23. Am I the only one who never thought like this? I played video games my whole life and played with all my female friends. My brother and his friends played too. We never assigned gender to it. I literally played a Pocahontas game

  24. I mean..
    Most of my friends I play games with are guys..
    Luckily I know some friends who are girl gamers.
    Its not just men.
    But its marketed to such..
    Thank god I ignore more mindless games.

  25. The 10NES Lockout chip and the marketing terms associated with it were reviled but it's the reason the NES game market wasn't crapflooded with garbage games like the Atari 2600 was.

    I have an asshole neighbor who thinks video games are just for children and hates that my grown up ass plays them. Sometimes I will play youtube longplays at elevated volume while i'm away just to piss him off.

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