I have an idea for the ultimate video game for girls. I call it What Goes With What. I haven’t worked out the details of the game yet, but you could imagine lots of varieties around the core concept I will describe.
Imagine at the beginning of the game your screen is filled with images of shoes, purses, scarves, pants, blouses, and all manner of human adornments. The screen is totally packed with these images, all smallish. The computer randomly highlights any one of these images and you have 30 seconds to click on all the other things on the screen that would look good with the original item.
This combines the joy of shopping with the skill of quickly deciding on style and fashion. I believe this would be pure catnip for girls.
Another version of the game might involve furniture, carpets, window treatments and the like. Again you’d have a time limit to figure out which things went well with other things.
It’s a running joke that females enjoy shopping. While there are plenty of exceptions to the stereotype, I’m going to go out on a limb and say that evolution probably wired women to find pleasure in shopping in much the same way boys are wired to enjoy blowing up stuff. The video games that work best are the ones that connect to those most basic urges.
As custom requires, several of you will tell me there is a video game that does exactly what I described. Then you will provide a link to a game that is different from what I described.