Thursday, June 25, 2009

The most un-girly giveaway on the Net!

I'm a girl. I like playing video games. Guess that makes me a girl-gamer. I'm not talking some recent Wii action, either. I'm talking old school Atari, first edition Nintendo, and Sega Genesis. Yeah... I'm old. So?

I was playing Combat when those slow-ass tanks seemed state of the art. I was a quick-shot with that bulky grey Nintendo gun. I dabbled with Street Fighter, stayed up late with Super Mario Brothers, and let's just say that I have a bit of an issue with Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. (Don't call me between 8:30 and 10pm, btw. That's Zelda time, baby!)

As a girl gamer I feel obligated to say that the recent influx of pinky frou-frou video games do not impress me. There's nothing wrong with creating games for females. I'm a marketing girl at heart. I understand the need for targeting and segmentation. OK, so maybe some girls don't have a desire to spend weeks exploring stunningly detailed landscape, hobnobbing with fantastical characters, and fighting the forces of evil in the sacred realm of Hyrule (my inner-geek is riding high today!). Maybe some girls don't like stealth and fighting games. That's fine. But don't tell me that this is the best you can do. Jeez!

When I play Mario Kart: Double Dash with my son, we're in a no-holds-barred duel to kick each other's butts. Sometimes I choose to be Princess Peach or Daisy and drive their zippy little feminine cart; and sometimes my son chooses them. That's the point. We can decide whether we want to be a princesses or Donkey Kong or some big lizard dude.

Creating a game "especially for girls" where the main selling point is that it's pink and all about shopping, fashion or make-up {gaaaaak...oh, sorry...dry-heaving} is a little insulting and pretty damn boring. Maybe I want to play a game like that sometimes,but other choices would be nice. And yet, it seems the pink invasion has only just begun...

image from Social Images: Seeing is Believing



David Gardner, CEO for EA's worldwide studios , says the the video game industry is failing women: "They don't want 'pink games'. They are not trying to play girly games where Paris Hilton and Britney Spears go shopping and put make-up on."--BBC News



Amen, David. So in honor of non-girly gamers everywhere, hows about a giveaway? Yes? OK! Check it out...


My Do It All is a toy chest jam-packed with mini-games and mini-tools. Stay close with friends by exchanging Friend Cards, play wicked tricks using the Voice Changer and Sound Effects machine, become a whiz kid with all its amazing reference tools, and even create your own, unique miniature you!

You like? You want? You can win! Three ways to enter...

1. Leave me a comment below.
2. Become a follower of Reign of the Girl-Child on Blogger (publicly).
3. Follow me on Twitter

Giveaway will end Wednesday, July 9th at 11:59pm. Winners will be chosen by Random.org and announced on this site.

Happy gaming!

35 comments:

kasandria said...

What a great contest! My kiddos would love this!
kasandriareasoner(AT)att(DOT)net

kasandria said...

I follow
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kasandria said...

Follow you on twitter
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Stacie said...

This looks like a really fun game! Good to see a contest for something different!

stacie@supermommytotherescue.com

Stacie said...

I follow as Stacie a49erfangirl@aol.com


Stacie@supermommytotherescue.com

Stacie said...

I follow on twitter as a49erfangirl

stacie@supermommytotherescue.com

millaa said...

Here's my comment! Thanks for the giveaway.

Melissa Tokarczyk said...

Hi! Please enter me in your contest.
pinkglitter@neo.rr.com

Melissa Tokarczyk said...

I'm following you on Twitter! My name is LavenderPixie.

pinkglitter@neo.rr.com

silverhartgirl said...

This looks like a great game.
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silverhartgirl said...

I am following you
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Sadiana! said...

Cool contest! I bet my little sister would love this!
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Danetta said...

My son would love this. Thanks for the giveaway.
talonsmom731 at gmail dot com

Danetta said...

I follow.
talonsmom731 at gmail dot com

Danetta said...

I follow on Twitter. (talonsmom731)
talonsmom731 at gmail dot com

valerie2350 said...

I'd love to win :)

valerie2350 said...

blog follower

valerie2350 said...

twitter
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Diana D said...

Would love to win this for the grand kids. Thanks for the wonderful giveaway.


dianad8008 AT gmail DOT com

cpullum said...

My daughter would love this!!!
Carla
cpullum(at)yahoo(dot)com

auntrene said...

Fantastic Giveaway.. My niece would love this Game... thanks for the chance. I am brand new to your blog and stopped by from Helping MOmmy's Win!

itsjustmerene2003 at yahoo dot com

auntrene said...

I am a follower of your blog..
Are you following my blog?

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http://auntrene.blogspot.com

auntrene said...

I follow you on Twitter.. Thanks!


JustAuntrene

dctm said...

would love to win this game for my daughter!

Christie
dctm at bellsouth dot net

Cindy (@MomMaven) said...

This would make a great birthday gift for my niece!

Cindy (@MomMaven) said...

I follow you on twitter. I'm @mommaven

Doreen said...

Great contest, thanks for the chance to win this game! purposedrivenlife4you at gmail dot com

Doreen said...

Following you on Twitter! (luvcontests)

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Doreen said...

Following you on Blogger!purposedrivenlife4you at gmail dot com

Jilly said...

Awww my daughter would love it!! her bday is in August!


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Lindsay said...

I'd love to enter!!!! Thanks! lindsaywags@gmail.com

K. Rock said...

This game looks cool. Sign me up!!

Lauren said...

Neat! Thanks for the info, I'm so out of the loop on what's available ;)

wendy said...

I am now following your blog.

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Felicia (aka Mommy B) said...

Aaaaand we have a winner!
Congratulations Stacie, your game is on the way!

Thanks everyone for all the entering and following. I will definitely be following everyone in return. Can't wait to check out your tweets and posts.

Have a great night everyone!

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