Girls' video games

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Girls' video games are a genre of video games developed for young girls, mainly in the 1990s.[1][2] The attempts in this period by several developers to specifically target girls, which they considered underserved by a video games industry mainly attempting to cater to boys' tastes, are also referred to as the "girls' games movement."[3]

A notable developer of girls' games was Purple Moon, founded in 1995, which made a series of "coming-of-age games" featuring the teenager Rockett Movado.[1] Its products were part of the so-called "purple games" segment of girls' games, which based its games on market research into the preferences and tastes of young girls. Because these tended to be stereotypically feminine interests such as gossip, relationships and makeup, "purple games" were criticized by feminists who considered them too prescriptive. Purple Moon's games did not perform well commercially, and the company was bought by Mattel in 1999.[3]

The FEMICOM Museum is an organization, founded in 2012, that seeks to preserve these games and raise public awareness about them.[1] A panel at the 2015 IndieCade Festival discussed their history.[4]

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  1. ^ a b c Velocci, Carli. "How to address the lost history of girls' games". ZAM (5 November 2015). Archived from the original on 12 November 2015. Retrieved 8 November 2015. 
  2. ^ Frank, Jenn (12 March 2012). "In a Field of '90s Barbieland Wreckage, Chop Suey Got Gaming for Girls Totally Right". Motherboard. Retrieved 8 November 2015. 
  3. ^ a b Hernandez, Patricia (28 May 2012). "She Tried To Make Good Video Games For Girls, Whatever That Meant". Kotaku. Retrieved 8 November 2015. 
  4. ^ "Looking Back at "Girls Games": A Keynote Conversation". IndieCade Festival 2015. Retrieved 8 November 2015. 

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