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 Prime World  offers discounts to women, encourages mixed-gender play
Prime World offers discounts to women, encourages mixed-gender play
April 2, 2012 | By Eric Caoili




Nival's upcoming strategy title Prime World will offer special considerations for female players, including cheaper microtransactions and incentives for male gamers to team up with them.

The developer says that it wants to introduce the League of Legends-style game and the MOBA genre (Multiplayer Online Battle Arena) "not only to hardcore players who already love it, but to their friends who might be more casual, and of course to their sisters and girlfriends who may not be as hardcore," according to Penny Arcade Report.

Along with female players paying less than their male counterparts to purchase virtual characters in Prime World, they'll also be able to improve teams they join, as mixed-gender teams are given bonuses in the game (players must use a character with the same gender as their own).

Prime World will release for PC, and will have social activities and minigames playable on Facebook, iOS, and Android -- the game is able to check on players' genders through their Facebook accounts. Nival will consider adding more gender-based bonuses after seeing how players take to these initial elements.


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Hayden Dawson
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Will be interesting to see what happens when this launches in California and other states with laws that specifically ban different pricing for the same product/service based upon gender.

Ryan Marshall
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Depending on how much they care about sticking to their decision, they'll either make the game not playable if your Facebook account says you live in such a place, or they'll merely make all options the same price for those living in such places (rather than making same-gender characters less expensive than cross-gender ones).

More likely, they'll realize that their plan is not going to work, and abandon it.

Brian Tsukerman
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So in order to avoid people just choosing female as a gender for the discounts, you have to connect it to your Facebook account? What's stopping gamers from simply making a spare Facebook profile to reap the benefits of this system? Perhaps they'll ask us to provide a birth certificate as well for the sake of verifying our gender as accurately as possible?

What happens if your a transsexual, a eunuch, or are suffering from an intersex condition? Do they get even better bonuses, or do they have the option to choose the gender of their preference?

Are the bonuses actually a result of having "mixed-gender groups," by which I mean will groups made up entirely of "females" suffer to an equal extent as groups made up entirely of "males"? Or will stacking a team with all females give them a huge advantage instead?

I get that Nival wants to expand the perceived user base of MOBA's, but this sounds to me like they're intentionally sacrificing game balance in an attempt to do so. If there's one thing that gets me to stop playing multiplayer games, it's imbalances in gameplay. Here's hoping this won't end up being a game-breaking one.

k s
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Here's a better idea make a game women want to play and find a way to prevent males from being jerks to the ladies and you'll go a lot further.

Maurício Gomes
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Males won't stop being jerks.

Males are jerks with each other all the time, it is part of competitiveness and agressiveness, it is inherent of the males intra-species competition for reproduction, and even if we know it is instinctive, we cannot really fight it... Education won't make everyone stop surrendering to their instincts, some people always will.



Since the work place is not the place to follow your male instincts anymore, games is what is left... Attempt to take that away from the people with most testosterone, and they will lash back on you. Halo, Gears of War and whatnot, are one of the few male sanctuaries left, one of the few places left where people can let their hunter and conqueror instincts loose.

Patrick Haslow
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@Gomes

WTF kind of sociobiology nonsense are you reading? That crap can be used to justify almost any behavior.

Those "instincts" you are describing sound more like stereotypes than anything else- so thanks for insulting men as well as women.

Zoran Iovanovici
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@ Patrick Haslow

Actually, Gomes has a point and is very much in line with the now famous essay by Roy F. Baumeister titled "Is There Anything Good About Men?" You can read it here:

http://denisdutton.com/baumeister.htm

Perhaps stating that males are jerks to each other all the time is a bit much, but the essay reveals how there is constant pressure on men to compete for limited resources and to take risks to prove themselves as exceptional (in-game communities included).

Patrick Haslow
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@Iovanovici

Well at least now I know what kind of sociobiological nonsense you are reading. As for Gomes though I have no idea yet.

Didn't mean to sidetrack the thread. I don't know what to make of Nival's approach to selling their game though.

Zoran Iovanovici
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@ Patrick Haslow

Wait, you read the entire essay that quickly and concluded it's complete nonsense? Wild.

Patrick Haslow
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@Iovanovici

It didn't take long to see that the vast majority of the author's reasoning was based on anecdotal evidence. For every example he provides of a tendency in male/female behavior I can give one to the contrary.

There's little scientific research, analogies that assume too many constants, and the biggest problem of all:

The differences between the billions of INDIVIDUAL HUMANS on the planet trump the gross generalizations you might find between 50% of those individuals with one set of sexual organs or another. There is little point to trying to find patterns of behavior between sexes when the amount of shared behavior between individuals of either sex is numerically bound to be overwhelmingly common.

Dragos Inoan
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First affirmative action, then free entry to clubs, then cheaper microtransactions? What is this world coming to ? :P

Matt Johnston
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Well, that's the weirdest, seediest, slimy behaviour I've ever seen outside of dodgy nightclubs and dating site adverts.

Next, they'll be saying they have TOO MANY WOMEN...NEED GUYS TO PLAY WITH THEM

Jeanne Burch
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Wow. Let's see; I've been playing video games since I was a teenager, I teach gaming students at my university, and somehow I'm in the "their sisters and girlfriends" category. Yeah, not patronizing or anything...

Nathaniel Marlow
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Yeah, that is what I was thinking. I can't understand anyone being happy with this.

Idiots who think misandry is a pressing issue in the videogame community will be upset that women get "special treatment". Everyone else will be upset that this promotion basically asserts that women belong to some handicapped outside group.

I really can't see this working out very well.


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