I think gender stereotypes are well represented in games. The game we played together this week, Ladies & Gentlemen, is sure to upend the perception of women who have played the game. In fact, with the exception of board games, women are consistently undervalued in video games, both in terms of interest in games and the skill of playing them. In classes other than 290, I once discussed with my peers in an education class about gender in STEM literacy education. We mentioned that very few women receive games as gifts and even many women never receive games as gifts. There are even differences in the types of games, such as cooking games, dressing up Barbie is the type of games that girls should play. The gunfight, the King of Fighters is a game suitable for boys. That’s why Ladies & Gentlemen amazes me so much. The game exploits once stereotypes about the gender of men and women. In the game, gentlemen need to get up early every day and work hard to find resources and make money. Ladies should choose clothes that suit them and highlight their economic status, and compare their accessories with other ladies.
This game brought me a lot of laughs. Because there are only two women in our group plus me, and both of us are playing “gentlemen” in the game. This means that there are three men who need to “put on a lady’s skirt”. When watching them show off to each other whose husband bought the most things; comparing who is the most beautiful woman, the contrast is really funny. And this game both requires business strategy and shopping dress up. So both boys and girls can find fun in this game. During the game, some boys said that they finally realized the fun of shopping. For me, I can also realize the status of men at home. Not only did it make me think that women may not be the only victims when we talk about gender stereotypes. People take it for granted when the “husband” is working hard as a man. Especially after the game was over, our professor mentioned that the game was designed by women, and I became more admirable for this game. The game addresses issues of social justice in a joyful way and allows people of different genders to actually experience life in each other’s shoes. I think this game has deep meaning in addition to bringing joy to everyone, and I will definitely bring this game to more friends around me.