By Tristan Ogilvie, Video Content Manager for IGN.com (AU Edition)
It’s often said that girls mature faster than guys. It’s true, but it’s not a force of nature – it’s a product of choice.
Guys simply refuse to grow up. That’s why the state of remaining forever young is known as a Peter Pan complex, not a Penny Pan complex. It’s why for the past couple of years Australians have been splashing out around two billion dollars per annum on video games. That’s a heck of a lot more than we spend on electric razors and subscriptions to Gentleman’s Quarterly magazine.
Of course, it’s not like male maturity levels are at an all time low because of video games – we’ve pretty much always been this way. Fifty years ago – prior to the advent of electronic entertainment – blokes used to stare out their office window, daydreaming of being a war hero, or a super spy, or an Olympic athlete. The only difference now is that the window has been replaced by a 52” HDTV plasma screen, and a controller has been slapped into our hands.
Or more recently, taken back out of our hands – but not by our long-suffering spouses. This year Microsoft is releasing the Kinect for its Xbox 360 console – a cutting edge motion-tracking camera that turns our typically couch-bound bodies into six-foot tall, arm and leg-flailing game controllers. Just please don’t make fun of the size of our joysticks.
And with blockbuster games like Call of Duty: Black Ops set to shatter all entertainment records this Christmas, the incentive for us blokes to grow up is at an all time low.
So yes, guys are still having a hard time growing up. But the good news is that at last count almost 50 per cent of Aussie gamers were female, indicating that the girls are starting to grow down. Games such as SingStar and Just Dance 2 have hit a high note with the ladies, and with more and more games being targeted at women perhaps both sides will finally meet in the middle?
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