Video games 'unhealthy' for girls

"38 percent of female game characters had large breasts and 46 percent had unusually small waists," the group said in a news release announcing its findings.
Altogether, 54 percent of the female characters were depicted as fighting or being violent, while many also exhibited stereotypical female behavior and characteristics.

Almost half of the top-selling U.S. console video games contain "unhealthy" messages for girls, including unrealistic body images, provocative sexuality and violent behavior, according to a new study. "IT'S NOT A pretty picture of women. It's a very distorted picture," said Lois Salisbury, president of Children Now, an Oakland, Calif-based child advocacy organization which commissioned the study. "Children in America are consuming an hour-and-1/2 per day, on average, of online activity or video games. That's a steady diet, and it's an increasing proportion of their media diet," Salisbury said.

"The unhealthy messages that both girls and boys absorb from these new media impact the way they think girls are supposed to look and act,".While the Children Now study said the games' negative female imagery delivers the wrong message about female behavior to both boys and girls, Salisbury said the study was more concerned about the girls since they are apt to identify with the female characters.

"There is an interactivity, there is an absorption, and the children who are playing are actually assuming different characters. ... That does a lot for identity formation".

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Video games 'unhealthy' for girls

Games are meant to escape from the real world for a while. Adding tubby whores that have been beat with the ugly stick into the games isn't going to help that.Anyways this salisbury bitch sounds like the same fat f**k that tried to ban south park.

Video games 'unhealthy' for girls

What's this world getting to?!?!?!?!?!?!WHY....to combat monsters, Russian communists etc, I take it that a female needs to be quite physically fit- which implies a physically attractive body. Can you imagine someone like ROsanne doing a 720 deg. Somersault in the air, while climbing a rope to get to Reactor D? I think not. I think whoever says portrayal of women in gamez is unhealthy needs to get a life and remove that cucumber out of their rabid disease infested asses.

Video games 'unhealthy' for girls

I have never heard so much twaddle in my life! I am a female gamer, I am also a well adjusted adult, knowing that when I leave Quake, I return to REAL LIFE! Why shouldn't girls play games? Games are an essential part of what we are, a chance to leave reality for that time that we play them - long may we play, I say :)

Video games 'unhealthy' for girls

If i stepped on this article, on the bottom of my foot there would be a garantuan pile of BULLSHIT! If some ten-year-old little social reject of a girl goes anerexic cause' of a game its HER DAMN FAULT. Private org's and society have a nasty little habit of blaming what "they think HAS to be the source of every little problem."Second, games are a reflection of how society ALREADY views something. If society saw fatties as attractive then lara Croft would be a fatass prancin' around. Salisbury is just a winny BITC*, complaining 'bout the way things are even though she can do SHI* about them except for filling her place in the SHI* of a world she BITCHE* about.

Video games 'unhealthy' for girls

I agree what evidence is there to prove that these types of games affect girls, as Hemegon said if one of societies rejects wants to deface of change her body to match that of a fictional character she previously viewed in a videogame then she obviously has some serious 'issues'. So, instead of just pointing the finger at a likely suspect e.g. games why dont they consult the real culperates themselves as someone would not do something if they truely didnt want to would they??... And as for those people such as Salisbury are they notadding to the problem, by telling them they have a problem with something as an adolescent the obvious response would be to do it and more of it too. So instead of making all these f**ked up campaignes to try and get games banned due to their content; consult those who are being affected... Go on get a real job.

Video games 'unhealthy' for girls

Pure drivel. I suppose that none of themail characters in games have unrealistic body types?I suppose that boys (and men - I'm 40) don't identifywith the characters they assume. And, of course,I suppose the author of this cheezy, minimally research articlewould have us all believe that none of us know thedifference between the games we play and real life.Are we all a bunch of Eric Harris's and Dylan Klebolds?I'm not - I'm a valued, productive member of society wholoves FPS games and makes over 6 figures annually.

Video games 'unhealthy' for girls

the only ppl that complain about barbie, and cartoons, and video games are the woman scarfing down double fudge cookie dough watching "Ricky Lake" wishing they could find the right guy. If you have a problem with woman in VG then u have a problem with every disney movie ever made! people who complain are people who are to lazy to anything about it.

Video games 'unhealthy' for girls

When I looked at this article, I was almost in the state of laughting to death. This is BULLSHIT!!! These ppl who make such claims should be on their way to the local service area and get their head checked IMMEDIATELY!!! We don't care what female game characters look like. Like it or not, a game is a game, and these characters are only made to appeal gamers. NOT to mess with your head. (Thats right, you scimpy little d**kheads which make foul claims. We like the way things are!!!)

Video games 'unhealthy' for girls

First of all this is a load of crap in itselfsecond 38% big breasts? is that really that off from reality? 46% abnormally thin wastes. so its unhealthy to tell a girl that its good to not be ugly? and what do you want? should they make video characters fat and natsy? they display stereotypes of behavior? well i hate to break it to you but the stereotype is usually right and besides 54 percent were violent (the exact opposite of the sterotype) so what the hell do you want from the game designers?oh wait let me guess fat ugly gamecharacters with that dont go the way of the stereotype or opposite of the stereo type. So this is a better role model for girls a fat ugly girl with no personality.You guys should think about what your saying before you say it.

Video games 'unhealthy' for girls

Way too funny.This is almost as stupid as that Myst/Wolfenstein 3D test they did a long time ago. I mean cmon, what a load of bull, only people with serious mental health problems would presume video game's depict reality.If I read another report about this kinda thing im probably going to piss myself laughing.

Video games 'unhealthy' for girls

If you guys are going to complain about video games being unfairly blamed for sociatal malfunctions, put it to use. You have to expect that a society that blames movies, VIDEO GAMES, and telivison for societal violence is also going to blame the same areas of media for the unrealistic images girls have. I'm not saying its right, far from it. I think everyone is just trying to find a scapegoat, but stop being so damned idiotic and get over it.

Video games 'unhealthy' for girls

Oh my God why should breasts be flat if they CAN be huge ? I think the success of games is when players begin to suck the screen !Lara's tits are huge, and that's it. And if she walks out from the screen just before me then when she gets into the game again she will no longer be a virgi...FCK THOSE BIG-BREASTED-AND-THIN-WAIST chicks !!!!

Video games 'unhealthy' for girls

This article is a bunch of nonesenseThe creators make the women like that because it will make the game sell easier and it will make a lot of people happy. I like these games because I enjoy seein a babe instead of a overweight woman. To whome ever wrote this GET A FRUCKIN LIFE, these make pplz happy and I dun wanna hear anymore crap from u tryin to change this.

Video games 'unhealthy' for girls

I agree with the post NOT these people are f ucking stupid. It makes games sell. Would they rather have fat frucks running around drooling or something? Then they would say jeez they make it look like all women are slobs! so just keep it the way it is

Video games 'unhealthy' for girls

NOTICE HOWEVER, THAT IF THEY DID HAVE A VERY FAT GIRL, AS OPPOSED TO A THIN, GOOD-LOOKING GIRL, bY THEIR THEORY, IT WOULD MAKE ALL GIRLS RUSH OUT IN AN ATTEMPT TO GET FAT, JUST SO THAT THEY COULD MODEL THEMSELVES ON THE GAME CHARACTERS! DO YOU HONESTLY THINK THIS WOULD HAPPEN? OR WOULD GIRLS HAVE ENOUGH COMMON SENSE TO DIS-ASSOCIATE THEMSELVES FROM THE GAME? I FIND THE LATTER MORE PLAUSIBLE, BUT IF THE FORMER DID OCCUR, AND EVERY GIRL WENT OUT TO GET FAT, WOULD THAT THEN LEAVE THESE IDIOTS TO COME BACK AND COMPLAIN THAT VIDEOGAMES CONTRIBUTED TO OBESITY AND HEART-DISEASE???

Video games 'unhealthy' for girls

Hmmm... Dukenukem = guy w/ no shirt. No one cares about that... Tomb Raider = Girl w/ shirt. I think we can all see taht the problem here is the shirt! No more shirts for girls! Simple enough! Nuff said.And have you counted how many times you all said Fruck, F*ck or F**k?!? Now THATS a serious problem that they should make an atricle about!

Video games 'unhealthy' for girls

First Of all I think any guy who could honestly tell you that he does not dig big BOOBS IS EITHER FIBBING OR IS A RAVING HOMOSEXUAL.hEY I'm honest I LIKE GIrLS LIKE THIS:)“38 percent of female game characters had large breasts and 46 percent had unusually small waists,” the group said in a news release announcing its findings.Altogether, 54 percent of the female characters were depicted as fighting or being violent, while many also exhibited stereotypical female behavior and characteristics.

Video games 'unhealthy' for girls

Alright, sure, women are depicted badly in video games... but who cares? You think every guy in a video game is just like the average Joe? He's muscley and dumb, ready for action and obviously something most video game players will never be. Boo hoo girls, suck it up princesses, guys get it too.

Video games 'unhealthy' for girls

I think someone has WAY too much free time on their hands here...Granted, women tend to ascociate themselves with media messages, but still...that's no reason to make all the primarily male video gamers suffer. Why don't you try writing books for girls telling them that the media is full of crap instead? Or become guides for them. Don't try to radically change the gaming industry...you will never win. GAMERS WILL ALWAYS PREVAIL!

Video games 'unhealthy' for girls

oh no the computer game people have got a big set on them , who cares , well let me see , NO ONE , we like em like that , and isn't it a good thing if more people try and become like the people we sit in front of all day , i think so , for gods sake their are people dying ............

Video games 'unhealthy' for girls

This could be a serious issue. Assuming the "Child Now" organization promotes going pale and flabby in front of a tv for hours on end. Any girlwho get enough exposure to these role models to want to be like them should probably visit a nearby gym or something, cause let me tell you, I certainly don't look likeany of the male characters that I spend hours manipulating via a chunk of plastic.What's next, a game about normal people doing normal things?Sounds Exiting.

Video games 'unhealthy' for girls

So, this guy to says something about a video games and the images they depict... Well its odd that he did not mention TV and film. I guess the thought of having his butt sued off by the big boys is not worth the 15 seconds of attention this article got him. I'll add that my wife does shape up to some of these caracters. If the girls/boys out there shape themselves after such, maybe the general health in this country will start to get better.

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