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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  • cupcakes 2012/06/19 19:13:35
    they suck just as much as pubescent 3rd graders playing COD
  • Michelle cupcakes 2012/06/19 19:27:26
    ^Look, everyone, I've found proof of the point this article is trying to make!
  • cupcakes Michelle 2012/06/19 20:34:50
    good job do you want a cookie?
  • Latti I... cupcakes 2012/06/19 23:20:22
  • cupcakes Latti I... 2012/06/20 00:04:14
  • Latti I... cupcakes 2012/06/20 00:24:37
    Latti Ice Nerd Gangsta of PHAET
  • Latti I... cupcakes 2012/06/19 23:19:35
  • cupcakes Latti I... 2012/06/20 00:04:10
  • Latti I... cupcakes 2012/06/20 00:24:53
    Latti Ice Nerd Gangsta of PHAET
  • King Anti-Christ 666 2012/06/19 19:11:52
  • Mother nature is biased 2012/06/19 19:09:34 (edited)
    Mother nature is biased
    Most of them really just aren't that great at gaming. Some are but the numbers are honestly inconsequential. The ones that voted 'yes' are either gamers, are Feminists, have an agenda or are some of those female gamers.

    And any female gamers that respond to this post are just jealous of male biology.
  • Michelle Mother ... 2012/06/19 19:31:29
    I just love how anyone is votes "no" is essentially proving the point of this article. The difference between a "gamer girl" and a gamer girl is that you don't realize a real gamer girl is there unless she has a reason to turn on the mic, because she doesn't want to be treated specially just by being a girl-- she's there to play a game, not for attention.
  • LdyLeo Mother ... 2012/06/19 19:31:32
    Ha! you say that because you know that we're just as good as you male gamers.
  • AngelaDuke Mother ... 2012/06/19 19:48:21
    You may be better at Call of duty but i am better at the REAL thing. I am on the REAL battlefield while you are pretending to be so :P
  • LdyLeo Mother ... 2012/06/19 20:27:41 (edited)
    Male biology?! hahahaha!! you're full of crap and just because you're from Japan don't make you any better.
  • Latti I... Mother ... 2012/06/19 23:21:42
    Latti Ice Nerd Gangsta of PHAET
    LMFAO! You sound like the perfect specimen for loser of the week dickward.
  • Mercedes 2012/06/19 18:42:16
    I love playing just about anything besides shooters. And I'm awesome. Love Xbox
  • Quiet-is-feared 2012/06/19 18:22:16 (edited)
  • Soot Th... Quiet-i... 2012/06/19 19:14:00
    Soot The Fallen
    I belive you and what games :o
  • Quiet-i... Soot Th... 2012/06/19 19:17:10
    FPS games mostly. But I play anything from The Legend Of Zelda to MW3. I'm trying to get my kill streak up there on the new maps lol.
  • Ben 2012/06/19 18:18:17
    Annoying situation #1. The minute a girl opens up online that she is really a girl, she immediately gets special treatment. I've been gaming online for years and I see it all the time. The game practically stops because everybody wants to talk to the girl with the cute voice.
    Annoying situation #2. The female gamer comes out and says she's a girl, then goes on constantly about how good she is at the game and talks smack to all the other guys. She loves talking about how you just got beat by a girl. Then, when you get her back and teabag her, she goes on about how unfair that is because she is a girl and what I just did was rude. Nobody cares. We're all equal in the gaming world, so please keep your sex to yourself.
  • cupcakes Ben 2012/06/19 19:14:55
    ohhh someones jelly in there pants
  • Ben cupcakes 2012/06/19 20:09:39
    That's jam, baby cakes. Jelly don't shake like that.
  • Michelle Ben 2012/06/19 19:36:03
    The difference between an attention seeker and a gamer girl? A gamer girl doesn't turn on her mic unless she has to, because she wants to play the game, not get stuck in "annoying situation #1". If a girl is around to play, getting special treatment and everyone being more interested in her is annoying, so she'll keep her mic off and her gender to herself. The rest just want the attention of "Situation #1" or are trying to prove they can play with the boys without any real dedication that a gamer has.
  • Ben Michelle 2012/06/19 20:09:07
  • twitchtip Michelle 2012/06/23 04:03:29
    i turn on the mic because the game requires teamwork. i have a deep voice for a chick, so ppl dont usually notice anyway... it doesnt come down to the annoying situation till ive played a few rounds and sum1 asks, hey whats ur guys names?
  • Latti I... Ben 2012/06/19 23:24:36
    Latti Ice Nerd Gangsta of PHAET
    Though in my experience it is the complete opposite; the men never stfu lol, once my mic is on the team assignments the cat is out of the bag. 90% of the time the guys are the ones who can't just play the game.
  • Sintwa 2012/06/19 18:15:23
  • Soot Th... Sintwa 2012/06/19 19:14:51
    Soot The Fallen
    WoW is a love it or hate it game, and i HATE it.
  • smitty 2012/06/19 18:13:47
    Do people really care if its a girl or guy? Seriously...
  • Midnite12 2012/06/19 18:11:18
    Gears of War for life! Chainsawing locust up the ass and getting headshots with a boom shot is an everyday norm for me. Gear up! ;)
  • volley15 2012/06/19 18:02:53 (edited)
    I definitely think so. I'm not much of a gamer myself. There's only a handful of games I like and I don't play very often (and all but one is single player). However, I've done better in several of those games than my male friends who are gamers. I've beaten bosses in less than three minutes that it took them 30 minutes to beat, gotten more side quests completed in less game time then them, ect. Still they try to play it off as a fluke and that I just got lucky. However If I tried to play a multi-player shooter I more than likely fail for the longest time. I don't like shooters. Not my cup of tea although if given time I could be a fair match.

    But I'm a solo player. I can't stand actually playing a game with other people. They make me too angry.

    This video sketch is one of the many reasons why:

    And lets not even start on the shear level of stupidity.....UGH. Use your brain.

    I don't work well with people.
  • Soot Th... volley15 2012/06/19 19:15:44
    Soot The Fallen
    Join the club, but i love playing online besides thiers an mute function.
  • Jacob 2012/06/19 17:48:23
    Gamer girls rock!
  • Jacob Jacob 2012/06/19 17:52:23
    Ok so I voted before reading but my answer is the same. Real gamers know that girls can kick as much ass as males if not more! But as I said gamer girls rock!
  • Laughing Man 2012/06/19 17:46:46
    Laughing Man
    Women Gamer's Are Just As Good As Male Gamer's. This Whole Battle Of The Sexes Thing Has Been Going On For Generations In Every Topic You Can Think Of. Its All An Illusion We Are All Equally Small On This Earth. I Know Alot Of Good Male And Female Gamer's Alot Of Bad Male And Female Gamer's So Get Over It And Move On
  • Libertys Martyr 2012/06/19 17:41:37
    Libertys Martyr
    Yes... underestimated for sure. Ladies if you need some re-assurance... I'll be your player number 2 if you know what I mean *wink wink
  • Soot Th... Liberty... 2012/06/19 19:16:34
    Soot The Fallen
    tsk tsk tsk quit being a try hard.
  • alex 2012/06/19 17:29:01 (edited)
  • Soot Th... alex 2012/06/19 19:16:53
    Soot The Fallen
    Orly what games????

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