Some time ago I came across a silly infographic that wanted to make the point that women spend as much time (or was it money?) on video games as men. Unfortunately, they conflated mobile games with their exploitative pricing models where you watch stamina bars fill, and if they drop, you have to go the route of in-app-purchases, with “real” video games that require a greater amount of dedication, primarily because they have complex inputs, for instance first-person shooters. There are also games with complex systems but simple inputs, like strategy games, that require serious dedication to master. This is quite the contrast to match-three games with an extremely low skill ceiling like Bejeweled.
Now that libshits have infested gaming, there is a substantial minority that wants more inclusion and thinks there is something wrong if the top 100 players of a certain game are all male. (It’s the same in chess.) However, there are very good reasons why women don’t dominate such games. One is that they don’t enjoy competition. At that point we’re facing a potential chicken-or-egg problem: do they not like competition per se, or is that merely the consequence of something else? I think that women may initially be interested in a competitive activity, but once they realize that they lose all the time, they move on. Because they can’t compete, they don’t want to compete. Of course, not all women are like that. My highly intelligent gal plays excellent Tetris, for instance, but she’s clearly an exception.
The other reason relates to personality aspects. There was a time when “Asperger’s” was supposed to be a mental illness, when it is little more than the rare trait of people, mostly men, to intensely focus on something. (Yes, I know that I’m exaggerating a little bit.) This is not necessarily good. For instance, if little Béla obsesses over combinatorics, ends up with a PhD in Mathematics and has a stellar career as Béla Bollobás, then everything is great. On the other hand, having young boys literally putting thousands of hours into competitive Counter Strike or Dota 2 is probably not all that great because plenty of guys end up severely limiting their potential in life. In that regard, women probably have it better on average.