This is something I have noticed, and I"m interested if others are finding the same thing.
So Nintendo said the Wii would appeal to everyone, not just male, hardcore gamers. And when I got my Wii, it appeared to be true. My parents were getting into it, and -- most importantly -- my two sisters. My sisters, like many girls, have just never been interested in video games, so I was astonished how much they enjoyed Wii sports.
So nintendo was right? well, I thought so, but I'm noticing things going right back to normal, with me and my male friends the only ones left holding the Wiimote.
You see, while the Wii is great at attracting girls to the system, it would seem that holding their attention is an entirely different story. Now I dont want o generalise here, and I certainly dont want to come off sexist. there are plenty of exceptions to this I"m sure, but it seems to be from my own experience, that girls see Wii games as an experience that is enjoyable, but once they have had that experience once or twice, it has been done, and they feel no need to come back. After 3 Wii Sports sessions of only around 30-40mins each my sisters are completely over the game.
So my point is that whlie the Wii has broken the stigma accociated with video game consoles, there is a fundamental difference between how a gamer sees a console to how a non-gamer sees it. From my own experience, girls see the Wii as an exerience much like going to disneyland or dining at an expensive restaurant -- something they want to try, but not something they would do more than a handful of times.
What do others think about my theory?