i’m not sure what it is about female gamers that mainstream media is so rabid about. tell anyone in media – a producer, a blogger, a journalist, whatever – that you’re a girl who plays games and you automatically turn into a circus act. ladies! gentlemen! come see the way her delicate little hands with fresh manicure deftly handles the controls! it’s the big top, in your living room!
‘WOW‘, they say, once they establish that you actually aren’t being coy and using this behaviour as a rudimentary flirting device. their voices are laden with the sort of enthusiasm that one normally reserves for brain-damaged children.
‘it your boyfriend’s game you got into, or…?‘
‘is it my boyfriend’s game? oh fuck no, what made you think something that? ha, it’s my own.’
*stunned look from media dumbass* ‘that is SO cool,’ they say enthusiastically. ‘i love hearing about girls who get into techie things. female empowerment is *so* special to me. i – ‘
by this point, if i haven’t punched them in the ovaries, i reward myself by pulling out my blackberry and pretending i have a call.
‘i didn’t hear it ring‘, they puzzle.
‘shhh, sweetie, i’m very busy right now‘, says i, sauntering away.
it’s the same thing in the office setting. women are SHOCKED by a girl who games, and frankly i am fed up with it. i have worked with and for some morons in the past, but none more so than the women who can’t believe a woman plays video games. more to the point: they can’t believe *i* play video games. when i let the cat out of the bag, they look me up and down, stunned that contrary to the big fucking stereotype, i’m NOT a whale with no friends stuck for something to fill my time with. i go to parties. occasionally i wear dresses. sometimes i even wear makeup. i wear a lot of shiny things and love to giggle. does playing video games make me less of a girl? fuck no it doesn’t. i’m not doing it to get to a man, nor is it to add another man to my collection. biggest goddamn shocker of all? i’m not doing it because one of my boyfriends does it.
i do it because i like it. ok?
trust me, before i get some left-wing radical hippie feminist bullshit up in here, it’s almost always women with the stunned reaction. young, old, if they don’t play it they are weirded out by this foray into gaming. this is all from personal experience, but guys in real life are awed by a girl who games. they think it’s the coolest fucking thing, and awesome conversations come out of these revelations. what games do i play? what guns do i use? do i use a strategy? girls who game are equally thrilled to find someone else to join their club, some bitch who doesn’t play hannah fucking montana or similar bullshit.
please, people. there is enough war and stress out in the world. find something else to be amazed at, because girl gamers aren’t a party favour. girls game, guys game – let’s get over it.