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What Do Young, Female Gamers Need? “Bitching, Flirting And Lying”, Apparently

Posted by Clem Bastow on June 27, 2008

We were alerted to this 30 Hot Entrepreneurs list, issued a month or so ago by online business mag sm@rt company, by a reader. It’s a countdown of Australian business movers and shakers aged under 30, including nine female entrepreneurs. But there was one in particular that stood out. At #26, Holly Owen, from ‘Champagne For The Ladies’:

Appalled at the lack of computer games titles designed for young women, Holly Owen created her own. Coolest Girl in School is billed as the world’s first mobile phone-based role-play game for girls, requiring players to lie, bitch or flirt their way to become just what the game’s title says.

Apparently the Australian Family Association called for a ban in fairly predictable fashion; here’s the game’s own reaction to the press storm.

But is it just me, or is it always a little bit more deadening to the heart when stuff like this is released into the world by a woman?

(Thanks to talia for the heads up!)

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