Monthly Archives: September 2011

Girls and Video Games: The Surprising Facts

Over the years, video games have been generally labeled as a guy thing.  That’s understandable, seeing how it is a male dominated activity. You might be surprised, however, to find that girls play video games as well.  There are more female gamers than there has been before and the statistics may surprise you.

While female gamers are still outnumbered by there male counterparts, studies have shown that females make up 42 percent of the game population. Based on those numbers, the male-to-female gamer ratio could be equal someday. Studies have also shown that there are more women who play video games than there are boys that do. That is quite interesting considering how video games were once looked at as a childish activity.

With the amount of female gamers on the rise, the video game industry needs to start making games that appeal to them. One of the best ways to do this is by creating more games that feature a female leading role. Of course, there are games out there that can appeal to both male and female gamers alike. In fact, it may be best for the video game industry to create games that both genders can play together.

Super Mario Brothers Review: A Timeless Classic

Super Mario Brothers has a very special place in the video game wold. The game has been regarded as one of the best-selling video games of all time; having sold more than 40 million copies world-wide. It helped the video game industry recover from the video crash of 1983 and helped make the Nintendo Entertainment System successful. Most importantly, it stars one of most popular mascots in the video game industry.

Player’s take control of the Mario brothers and move them through the side scrolling world of the Mushroom Kingdom.  The object of the game is to save the princess from the evil Bowser by navigating through the game’s 8 worlds, which consists of multiple levels. To do this, player’s must move to the end of the level safely by defeating various enemies using powers ups found in the level. The players win the game if they are able to reach the final level and rescue the princess.

Super Mario Brothers may be 26 years old, but it still is relevant to this day. It was one of the first video games that many people played, including myself.  This game has helped make the video game industry what it is today and has even made an impact on pop culture. It is defiantly one of those games that people will remember for years to come.