Okay, someone needs to say something about this. I have kept mum about this subject for a while now and I think it’s a good time to air out what I have kept to myself for a long time and screw all this political correctness and being polite. Because I HAVE HAD ENOUGH of this bullshit.
Do people really care about a person’s gender where gaming is concerned? This labeling of “girl gamer” has always bothered me ever since I started seeing it pop up in blogs and forums for the past few years. I always get this tingling, uncomfortable feeling when I see intelligent women label themselves as girl gamers, or when people refer to me as one.
A bit of a background on myself: I have played videogames since I was very little. This was primarily influenced by my three brothers who owned a Famicom back in the mid-80s. I was contented with my Donkey Kong double screen, but when I saw them playing Super Mario Bros. in full color I was forever converted to console gaming. Now, I have played mostly with my brothers and some neighbors (cartridge swapping) since way before, but nobody ever said anything about me being a girl who plays videogames; in fact I think nobody noticed at all. So fast forward to the last five years, why is this “gamer girl” term being thrown around all the time like it’s a novel concept?
Okay. Granted the number of girls playing games are considerably smaller than the male population, but does it really have to be sensationalized? I feel iffy about referring to myself as a “gamer girl” because I’ve seen it being thrown around by girls who play games and want to be noticed. I don’t know if it’s fair to generalize, but based on what I’ve seen these girls are usually the ones who blog about being gamers but are actually less concerned about games but more of wanting to be shoehorned into this label of being a gamer. Putting up Facebook statuses such as “Just got out of the bath, not even gonna put on clothes because I have a kingdom to save” is just freaking ridiculous (and totally attention whoring). I mean, just look at Instagram’s hashtag of #girlgamer and #gamergirl… you’ll get sick of selfies, cleavages and controller-licking chicks in less than a minute.
Don’t even get me started about Jessica Chobot as well. That girl is forever on my shit list because I think she paved the way for these gamer girl starlets to start pimping themselves in the internet and think that they are legit gamers just because they posted a picture of themselves licking a PSP. I am forever ashamed of you, Chobot. No amount of XBL online commentary / game review will redeem yourself or undo what you have done.
Another thing I’ve noticed with most of the “girl gamers”, is that they are usually defensive. They are perpetually mad and start imaginary arguments like “I’m a girl but I play Call of Duty / Halo / whatever crappy competitive mainstream shooter you play” in their blogs or social networks. Why is there a need to always say that you can play as well as guys? If you are good at fragging people, then that’s well and good, but what is this need to publicize?
A point I also want to bring forward is the “feminazi” articles that are usually popping up in game blogs to gather clicks from gamer girls and guys who make it their business to be mad for girls. I mean, some of these articles are so ridiculous, it makes me shrink when I read it. If you want examples, I won’t link them here for added traffic but you can visit our favorite Gawker blog and look for a certain author who has PH as her initials.
One good thing I am thankful for is that I am not alone in this observation. I know a bunch of girls who play games and discuss them intelligently (or sometimes salivate at how hot Dante is, let’s be real) and never had the need to call themselves gamer girls or post their cleavages with controllers hanging out of it. Thank God.
Bottom line, I think girls who label themselves as gamer girls are attention-starved chicks who just want to be patronized. Stop being so full of yourselves; let’s just play games and enjoy the hobby like everyone else. Just play and stop marketing yourselves because honestly, nobody cares (unless they are creepy white knights who just want to get in your pants).