Best Video Games for Girly-Girls
I’m a girly girl. I like makeup and hair products, shoes and bags, oh- and video games. Starting out with a Super Nintendo that I got on my seventh birthday, I was hooked. In my younger years it was all about Final Fantasy and anything with Mario, and Donkey Kong. Those sorts of games were perfect for either gender, and really started to grow and shape my video game tastes. Now as a mid-twenty something IT tech, I find myself finding those girlier video games either on the Xbox 360, Wii, or PC that allow me to walk the fence between Female and Nerd.
My favorite game is going to be pretty obvious. World of Warcraft is the perfect game, and as a MMO it’s a social experience that makes me feel like I’m not just sitting in my office, alone, for hours on end. I am one of the few people who play a female character and actually..am a girl. Nothing like riding giant tigers, dressing in shiny and colorful armor, and shooting things dead. Its hard to play World of Warcraft casually, and I am a closet micro-gamer, but I’ll spare you the nitty gritty details on the complication of maxing your dps and keeping your pvp gear separate from your raiding gear. For the sake of this article, WoW Is pretty, musical, and has plenty for the girly girl to enjoy.
Another obvious choice for favorite game would be the Sims 3 (or its predecessors.) Nothing like downloading clothes for hours so that you can change outfits every day and become way too engulfed in a life that’s not your own. Decorating and designing houses, creating the most beautiful people and putting them into a plethora of situations, and playing with babies. When the new expansion that includes pets for Sim 3 comes out- I’ll be done for.
Fable 2 and 3 are GREAT games for girls. For one thing, you can BE a girl, which is a nice change from most adventure RPGs. Plus, there’s clothes- lots of clothes, to wear. You appearance changes depending on your acts, and your decisions shape the world around you! It’s exactly what girls dream about. By the way, if you want to have 15 husbands- that’s cool too. AND I DO.
A much less popular game exists that I have been a cult fanatic of since I got that first Super Nintendo, and that is Harvest Moon. There have been versions for almost every system, and I have played most of them. Harvest Moon simply enough is a farming sim, but not nearly as John Deer as it sounds. In almost every version you start out as a boy, but in newer versions- girls are an option. You start with a crappy farm to fix up, grow crops for money, raise animals, upgrade your buildings and fields…OH and get married and have children and buy different clothes and go to festivals. This is a majorly girly game, and satisfies every need I have in a game to play for 7 hours at a time.
Consider RPGs like Oblivion (all I do is STEAL EVERYTHING), Dragon Age (three versions out now, all great even for girls), any Zelda game and Kingdom Hearts. Also, Final Fantasy games along with most MMOs (Lord of the Ring Online is free to play now) are not way too dude-ish and boring.
I know there are hardcore gamer girls out there who would survive perfectly fine in a real life zombie attack and, if men’s dreams are true, they all look like Angelina Jolie- but I come from a different stock of girly girls who want to dress up and play games too. If you’re looking for a fun, girly-friendly experience, definitely try any of the above.