Since reading Nardi’s chapter on gender in My Life as a Night Elf Priest, I noticed that there was a lot to talk about it terms of gender when it comes to video games. As I thought about it, I realize this may be an interesting area to conduct some research.
The most recent scholarly source I found was a study done on various elementary/middle/high school students entitled, “Orientations to Video Games Among Gender and Age Groups” by Bradley Greenberg et al. Link here: http://sag.sagepub.com.gate.lib.buffalo.edu/content/41/2/238.full.pdf+html
The study looks at fairly standard postulations about gaming (Males play more games than females, males and females prefer different genres of games, and so on,) and tries to analyze why this is, answering questions about both age and gender discrepancies.
The study shows clear differences in time spent gaming- all age groups had males spending twice the amount of time playing as females. Also, of the nine different motives the study names for playing games, competition wound up being the strongest for almost every age and gender group. These results were interesting and provide insight onto most any gender-related topic that I think I may consider writing about.