[EDIT: This was the first, or one of the first, posts on my old blog at (blech)IGN. I took them all down a while ago, and it was a pain let me tell you, but thought some might be interesting to post again here. So here’s the first one, from SEVEN years ago, geez I’ve been doing this a while.]
This is an intro blog for what will probably be my main blog topic – japanese videogames for girls. Why am I focusing on those? Well, I?ve become kind of a collector of them, and I haven’t found much else online about them, so I thought it would be an interesting focus.
The Japanese market for female-targeted videogames is so much more developed than the western one. Remember about 10, or even 5 years ago, when comic books for girls were almost nonexistent in English? Back then, the western fanbase of Japanese comics for girls (shoujo manga) was small, but it grew and grew until finally English publishers took notice and started translating some titles, and now the whole genre has exploded – go into almost any bookstore and you’ll see at least 20 titles available. Well, it’s kind of like that for videogames now.
I don’t think the explosion will be as big as the comics boom, partly because there are already several games here that girls love, and partly because the genre even in Japan is much smaller than its manga counterpart. But I do think it will happen – especially since there are so many games that have corresponding comics series that are getting popular. And let’s face it, haven’t you thought that there’s gotta be something in videogames, besides Barbie, just for girls?
[EDIT: Well, we still haven’t gotten the big boom, but otome games are definitely picking up steam, and even if we don’t get most Japanese games over here, there are lots of mobile games being translated, and lots of original English games being made as well.]