Girls, like, ohmygosh, play games!
Checking my email the other day, I discovered an advertisement from my once-favorite retailer, GameCrazy. Inside was an image of three girls lying on a bed, under a sparkling banner: “Girls love games!”
To illustrate this point, the background is pink (girls love that color). Whimsical little icons of femininity dance around the bed, like stars and hearts and cell phones and, like, you know, girly things. Totally!
“Yesterday was Candyland…today they still love playing games!” It says.
And what games they play! “Petz Rescue Wildlife Vet,” “Ener-G Dance Squad,” “Imagine: Fashion Party” and “My SAT Coach,” just to name a few.
Seriously, I don’t understand what kind of “gamer girl” would see this, whip out her bubblegum pink Nintendo DS — covered in Hello Kitty stickers — and make a run for the store.
But then, I suppose this isn’t much better than the cover of “Tomb Raider: Underworld,” which shows Lara Croft’s chest to her hips without bothering to show her face. And what is she covered with? Mud, of course. Because there is nothing the 18 to 25 male age demographic loves more than a mud-caked bundle of polygons.