There are several things I'd like to clear up about girl gamers today. First off, girl gamers are either thought to not exist, or are all ugly, fat, and geeky-looking. Let me set the record straight on both.
If girl gamers didn't exist then why do they make controllers like the one above? It's pink with skulls. Do boys want a pink skull controller? I'm not about to say no boys would want that, but most of them are not about to buy this. And then there are the stereotypes that really piss me off. How come all girl gamers have to be, without a doubt, ugly, fat, or geeky?
Now I won't deny the fact that I am a fully-fledged geek. But just by looking at me, one would never know. Of course once you get me talking you'll see how much of a geek I am. As for the fat and ugly statement, I highly resent that. Even if I was a bigger girl, how dare you say that I'm fat or ugly. If a girl feels beautiful, then screw off. And I have met PLENTY of girls who are skinny and pretty, at least in my book. Who are you boys to judge? Just because I'm a girl and I'm pretty I can't actually play a video game?
Furthermore I'd like to address some comments that came up after my Video Games in Lingerie
post. I had many people essentially accuse me of being a poser - that I was one of those girls who simply say I'm a gamer to impress the guys.
*Ahem.* Though I don't deny the fact that there are girls who actually do this, I am NOT one of them. Gaming has been something that I grew up with. I grew up with two older brothers so video games were not something I could escape. I grew up watching my brothers play sports games, Mario, Zelda, etc. My first video games were Rabbit Rampage and The Lion King. I, too, played each and every Super Mario. And this was all before and during my Kindergarten - 2nd grade years.
Ask any girl gamers and many will most likely have a similar story. We simply followed our brothers, slowly learning about the games we actually liked. I eventually moved on to Pokemon, the Final Fantasy series, and other RPGs. I spend tons of money on video games per year. I own a PS3, a Wii, a Nintendo DS, and soon will own a PSP. I've borrowed my boyfriend's Xbox360 for months at a time so I could play specific games. Hell, I forced him to buy Banjo Kazooie just so I could play at his apartment.
When it comes to me looking for attention, believe me, I do not say I am a gamer. I actually keep it very hush hush, that is until my boyfriend usually opens his big mouth. I'm not looking for attention by playing video games. Us girl gamers are playing video games for the love of the game. But because of this thought that we are seeking attention we can't even tell people we game because we get shitted on, or boys will instantly follow us around like lost puppies. Girls: don't hate us because we game and that makes guys think we are cool! Boys: don't like us just because we game!
It's a vicious cycle for girl gamers and it has to stop. As I said in my Miss Xanga America Round 1
post: I'm here to diffuse these stereotypes and the bad rep. And I'm starting it now with a pic of me.
Mancouch says: You contradict yourself so many times in one blog entry that I don't even know where to begin. I happen to know some badly-dressed mall rat teenagers who would be very interested in the controller design you posted, both male and female. I mean, are you really going to use that as a defense? You say you aren't a poser but then talk about how you just followed your brothers and became a gamer out of environment. Seriously. I don't get it.
So if you're a girl gamer shout it out, post a pic, do whatever. Let's turns all these thoughts upside down. Boys, please support us, and remember, don't like just because we are girl gamers. Look to us as simply gamers.
What is your impression of female gamers?
Gamers in general - not just female gamers - have a public image that is completely unflattering. Ask anybody. I don't know why you have to further victimize yourself by constantly talking about how you hate how female gamers are thought of as ugly and fat. Is it some newfangled neo-feminist trend that I haven't picked up on? I, for one, never really thought of female gamers as fat and ugly, so I guess I'm just an outlier in your worldview.
And I never understood why so-called empowered female gamers such as yourself get so bent out of shape that guys like the fact that they're gamers as well. God forbid you have common interests!