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Are Girl Gamers Underestimated?

Gaming 2012/06/19 13:00:00
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E3 wrapped up last weekend, and it wasn't long before actress and Ubisoft host Aisha Taylor was inundated with hate mail accusing her of not being a real gamer. She fired back on Facebook, arguing that she has been a gamer all her life, and could probably beat a lot of the offending guys on Halo. This week, Kotaku writer Katie Williams expressed similar frustrations with her time at E3.

In an opinion article titled "So What If I'm A Woman? Let Me Play The Damn Game," Williams recalls how she was "guided towards the Facebook games," and walked through the simplest first-person shooter mechanics as if she couldn't possibly have a clue how to work them. She calls the experience a "hurtful underestimation of my capabilities, both as a journalist and as a gamer." Do you think girl gamers are underestimated, or did Taylor and Williams just have some bad experiences?


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  • Rize 2012/06/19 21:28:29
    Yes
    Rize
    +1
    I wanna kill all sexists -.-
  • caius madison 2012/06/19 21:24:11
    Yes
    caius madison
    They pay the price, but it's not something to be treated like trying out for a football team. They have better response time in brain studies.
  • spencerc143 2012/06/19 21:18:31
    No
    spencerc143
    I dont know why they would be. You just press buttons.
  • Allie 2012/06/19 21:01:29
    Yes
    Allie
    +1
    im a proud girl video game player
  • dream-hair! 2012/06/19 20:57:39
    No
    dream-hair!
    girl gamers who pose are never tru e girl gamers! klbdfsdfglsneglrsy4589hy5890t...
  • Revolution 2012 2012/06/19 20:53:46
    Yes
    Revolution 2012
    +1
    If guys could be more accepting, there would be more girl gamers for sure. Girl gamers are just as capable as guy gamers and I've gotten my a55 handed to me a few times by girl gamers as well. This is just another gender equality issue that society has to iron out.
  • Amberwolf 17 2012/06/19 20:46:33
    Yes
    Amberwolf 17
    +1
    They are usually underestimated, but I love showing the guys I play videogames with that I am pretty epic when it comes to gaming. (I'm proud to be a gamer girl! lol)
  • Scott ヶBrony Of PHAETヶ 2012/06/19 20:39:33
    No
    Scott ヶBrony Of PHAETヶ
    +1
    I've heard a large number of sexist comments, but i haven't experienced girls being "underestimated".... i mean most the guys who shout the abuse are shouting it because they are butt hurt over getting their butts kicked by said girl.

    But i'm talking about back when i had a xbox, i have a PS3 now and no one talks to each other, which i find wonderfully bliss.
  • Rebel [SHP] 2012/06/19 20:37:08
    Yes
    Rebel [SHP]
    A lot of them are damn hot too. Pesky stereotypes haha.
  • ♒ßεllεchεvεllε®♒ 2012/06/19 20:29:39
    Yes
    ♒ßεllεchεvεllε®♒
    +1
    My son's a hardcore gamer. He complains that the only time he gets beaten is by girls. Heh.
  • oceangrl 2012/06/19 20:28:56
    Yes
    oceangrl
    and sometimes we can get way too competitive with the guys too -__- lol
  • Kibbles 2012/06/19 20:23:27
    Yes
    Kibbles
    Honestly I think they are and truth be told I've never met any female gamers who've beaten me or I've beaten so honestly I've never been able gauge so I've honestly never been able to form an opinion but most of my mates seem to think girl gamers aren't a problem to beat.
  • SW 2012/06/19 20:08:49
    No
    SW
    I think a lot of guys play games and get good at them simply because they cant get laid any time they want. If youre a hot chick on the other hand you probly have better things to do. At no time have i ever been playing donkey kong thinking gee Im so glad Im doing this instead of tit f##@ing a cheerleader.
  • Joann 2012/06/19 20:06:13
    Yes
    Joann
    Because I've been playing video games since i was ten years old, i hate how some men think we girls can't play games like them (only the girls that have been playing since they where young have the chance -not trying to make an argument here-)
  • Crimson 2012/06/19 20:03:22
    Yes
    Crimson
    I remember when I told a guy I played video games like Assassin's Creed, Halo, Modern Warfare, and even God of War, he seemed shocked. He told me he expected me to play barbie, make up....really girly games.
  • MissTypist 2012/06/19 19:58:00
    Yes
    MissTypist
    +1
    Yes! It's a fact - girl gamers are almost always underestimated :\
    I can relate to this - I love video games, and I'm pretty good at most of them as well. Just because we're girls....DOESN'T MEAN WE CAN'T GAME! :D
  • Amy.[: 2012/06/19 19:54:59
    Yes
    Amy.[:
    seems like it yeah
  • Wulfdane 2012/06/19 19:49:15 (edited)
    Yes
    Wulfdane
    +1
    There is nothing wrong with playing games, male or female.

    Enjoy life.
  • LdyLeo Wulfdane 2012/06/20 02:13:08
    LdyLeo
    I like your answer. This was a very honest response and I liked it. You did not judge any female gamers or their skills whatsoever. Video games is for everyone's entertainment and the sexism needs to stop.
  • LdyLeo 2012/06/19 19:43:24 (edited)
    Yes
    LdyLeo
    +3
    I'm a girl and I love video games. I been playing them since I was a kid and get a lot of respect from guys when I tell them I play video games all the time. It's ridiculous that some guys are sexist against female gamers because deep down they know that female gamers can beat them.



    Video games are meant for everyone's entertainment. I believe that some guys think that it's unusual to see a female gamer because it's their belief that we are more concerned with getting manicures/pedicures, getting our hair done, and hanging out with our girlfriends at the mall. Bunch of bullsh*t, if you ask me.
    I'm a girl and I love video games. I been playing them since I was a kid and get a lot of respect from guys when I tell them I play video games all the time. It's ridiculous that some guys are sexist against female gamers because deep down they know that female gamers can beat them.



    Video games are meant for everyone's entertainment. I believe that some guys think that it's unusual to see a female gamer because it's their belief that we are more concerned with getting manicures/pedicures, getting our hair done, and hanging out with our girlfriends at the mall. Bunch of bullsh*t, if you ask me.
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  • Nezkeys79 LdyLeo 2012/06/19 21:32:23
    Nezkeys79
    All the girls i know do this. even the ones i dont know. I long to meet a girl who is into videogames! whete are they all?
  • LdyLeo Nezkeys79 2012/06/19 21:47:55
    LdyLeo
    From what I have read so far on other people's post, female gamers like to keep themselves unknown to men. I believe that is one of the reasons why they believe that there are no female gamers.
  • twitchtip LdyLeo 2012/06/23 03:55:17
  • AngelaDuke 2012/06/19 19:43:04
    Yes
    AngelaDuke
    +2
    I am always thought of as a weird girl with glasses and greasy hair when I'm playing on the playstation network. It makes me mad that guy gamers can be anyone and girl gamers have to be nerdy friendless poor hygeine people. Their attitude changes real quick when they look at my profile pic lol.
  • Michelle 2012/06/19 19:38:46
    Yes
    Michelle
    +1
    Just look at most of the people voting "no". There's too many girls who use their Xbox to get attention from lonely gamers online. Gamer Girls have more of a tendency to keep their gender silent while online so that they can play without running into the situation that the attention-seekers are looking for. Because the attention-seekers are noticed and everyone assumes the Gamer Girl is a guy without a mic, the attention-seekers became what some people think of when they hear a girl is playing videogames.
  • NYCbrit 2012/06/19 19:38:19
    Yes
    NYCbrit
    +1
    They're not taken seriously, which is unfair. I happen to know some very kick ass girl gamers!
  • Silent Bob 2012/06/19 19:37:21
    No
    Silent Bob
    Honestly, all they want is attention. No one cares if you play games. Everyone does. just because you're a girl doesn't mean your special.
  • LdyLeo Silent Bob 2012/06/19 20:05:29
    LdyLeo
    Not many of us female gamers do it for attention. We play video games because we enjoy it.
  • Silent Bob LdyLeo 2012/06/19 23:30:53
    Silent Bob
    So why flaunt it around and say "i'm a girl and a gamer" it's dumb. I'm a girl and I love games, but saying it all over the internet is dumb.
  • LdyLeo Silent Bob 2012/06/20 00:45:55 (edited)
    LdyLeo
    Then what would be the purpose of this board then?
  • Silent Bob LdyLeo 2012/06/20 00:55:41
    Silent Bob
    Board?
  • LdyLeo Silent Bob 2012/06/20 01:08:03
    LdyLeo
    Discussion board I meant.
  • twitchtip Silent Bob 2012/06/23 03:57:15
    twitchtip
    pretend ur a girl, in a random game for the whole day. people care. trust me.
  • Silent Bob twitchtip 2012/06/23 06:38:37
    Silent Bob
    I am a girl, no need to pretend.
  • stevegtexas@aol.com 2012/06/19 19:34:23 (edited)
  • maggot4life stay (sic) 2012/06/19 19:29:20
    Yes
    maggot4life stay (sic)
    +3
    Female gamers are some of the best online players
  • ShinyUmbreon01 2012/06/19 19:24:28
    Yes
    ShinyUmbreon01
    +4
    I wish guys would just get over the fact that GIRLS PLAY VIDEO GAMES TOO. :/ And we're just as good at it.
  • Kibbles ShinyUm... 2012/06/19 19:59:34
    Kibbles
    Really! Girls play video games! I thought this was a myth!
  • the judgebigdogeagle-~PWCM~JLA 2012/06/19 19:21:12
    Yes
    the judgebigdogeagle-~PWCM~JLA
    There are a few girl gamers here at school that give the boys a run for their money in playing & trash talking.
  • aeroshock 2012/06/19 19:19:47
    Yes
    aeroshock
    You haven't met my friends...

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