If I were Matrixgames I would branch out and try to find and publish a game directed at the FEMALE market. Something like electronic darts that uses a males body for scoring points. ;) or Barbie goes to Boot Camp where it's kinda like the SIMS except it's a military base looking operation. Get em into the wargaming atmosphere. ;) I'm pretty sure Matrixgames already has the male computer wargaming business sewed up. But, to be a total success they really should try to bring in the female market. I think they should look into the history of female warriors and perhaps do some games on that history. Something where stomping males was prominent in their everyday lifestyle. Plus to get the guys to buy the game they should be half naked. ;) My last gf loved to play strategy type wargames, but, didn't like games like Panzer Leader or Panzer Blitz. She much preferred to play games like Swords & Sorcery or Feudal or Magic the Gathering or Masters of Magic. She appeared to like "fantasy" strategy moreso than stuff during WW2. Perhaps that is the mindset a developer needs to go when making a game directed at the female market?
A nice sentiment, but half naked female game characters are not going to endear you to your desired female audience (though it would be popular with the guys, I'm sure).
I would suggest a "Myst" type experience with lots of combat action by a team of cute, hunky guys, who serve and protect their mistress as she quests to solve the mysteries and regain her throne (or whatever other goal). Yep, definitely cute, hunky, well-hung guys, with bulging muscles and adoring looks at our heroine... of course, that approach probably won't sit too well with the male gaming audience. The emphasis should be intellectual challenge, beautiful scenery, and female oriented "eye candy"... maybe even a seduction or two to motivate "the troops" and maybe a romantic twist or two. OH yea, and all of the magic would come from our sorceress heroine.. let the male characters do the heavy lifting and fighting at her direction.
It would still be a long shot though for commercial success.
I like that idea Valkyrie as long as the female focus character is HOT. Yah gotta have HOT for the guys to buy it. You wouldn't believe how many guys play female characters in these online mmo's/mmorpgs, hell, I do it from time to time because I mean why would I want to look at some dudes butt the entire time I am playing the game? lol I have a HOT Kursick warrior class female in Guild Wars and she's got some HOT armor on while I play. ;)
I'm more looking for something to bring the female to wargaming or strategy gaming though than role playing. We already have them in roleplaying in fact. Around 40% last I read are playing mmo's/mmorpgs now up from like 13% back in 1998. But, we don't have those figures in wargaming. I wanna gal that wants to FIGHT me. ;) In a game of course. ;) We need a game that will bring them to wargaming, as well as have guys buy the game. That's the issue and the problem. What type of wargame would that be? I like the concept behind "Barbie" goes to boot camp and then create some type of wargame from that with sequels of Barbie goes to WW2 haha. ;)
WE/I WANT 1:1 or something even 1:2 death animations in the KOIOS PANZER COMMAND SERIES don't forget Erik! ;) and Floating Paratroopers We grew up with Minor, Marginal and Decisive victories why rock the boat with Marginal, Decisive and Legendary?