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THQ: 'Girls have better things to do than play games'

James Scalpello, wireless director of THQ, has claimed that girls don't play as many videogames as guys because they have different lifestyle requirements.

"When girls play console games, they have to have gone through a whole other list of things they could have done before sitting down with them," he told CasualGaming.biz.

"Guys get home, have dinner, and play a computer game. It's much higher up the list of priorities. To put it bluntly, girls have got better things to do."

We're not sure whether we should take that as a slap in the face to men everywhere, or a veiled admonishment that women should be doing dishes, folding laundry and raising babies instead of gaming. Or maybe he's just suggesting women can't afford the luxury of getting home and spending the entire evening playing Mario Kart when the modern working woman has a hell of a lot to do.

Scalpello also claimed that "not in a million years would most girls connect to a mobile portal to download a game" and added: "I don't think there's ever been a successful game really pinpointed just for girls."

Clearly no one has told him about Nintendogs. Or the constant stream of 'Imagine' games Ubisoft keeps putting out. Or that most download portals are so simple, a trained dolphin could get any game it wanted.

UPDATE: We've just checked the source again and it seems that a few of the quotes have been changed since our article was posted. We swear we're not making this up.

Courtesy of CVG.

Jun 9, 2008

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