Portal is one game which many see as spanning the gender and age gaps among gamers.
There isn't a day goes by that I don't get a inboxful of spam emails telling me how I need more of certain things to impress the ladies - more money, more style, more...well, you get the idea. It turns out that those emails may be wrong though and that to the majority of women, less is
more, at least it is as far as dimensions go.
In a study performed at the Georgia Institute of Technology it was discovered that girls massively perferred games which used only two dimensional graphics over those which used three diminesional graphics.
"Results indicate that 2D electronic games are easier than 3D electronic games for both females and males, and the majority of females would rather play games that are "easy" while the majority of males would rather play games that are "challenging".
" Says the report
in a tone so sterile it was probably drenched in ethanol before being let loose.
"Females tended not to like the confusion in the 3D video games, whether it was unclear directions, objectives, camera perspectives, or not knowing how to control the character. Females may also prefer games that have dreamlike graphics to games with realistic graphics. Results also point toward a steeper learning curve for females when playing a 3D game than a 2D game.
So, the results are certain not unanimous - and I have several female friends who can easily trounce me at any game you'd care to mention to prove that point - but the difference is staggering.
I can't help but wonder what games were used to test with though. It doesn't seem unreasonable to say that Doom 3
and New Super Mario Bros.
could have been likely candidates, but if that's true I'd wager on drastically different results if other games were used - go try comparing Portal
on the same audience, then we'll talk.
Which do you prefer - 2D or 3D and, more importantly, why? Let us know in the forums