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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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  • Soot Th... alex 2012/06/20 19:32:26 (edited)
  • Aquaduck 2012/06/19 17:28:02
    Yes
    Aquaduck
    Apparently so :P
  • Torchy 2012/06/19 17:27:09 (edited)
    Yes
    Torchy
    +4
    There are girls who are like "Yeah, I play Mario Kart...omg, I'm such a geek!" while the world rolls its eyes. However, there are a lot of girls who will pwn you in any game and gleefully chuckle as they teabag your corpse.

    I fall somewhere in the middle (some games I rule at, others, not so much), but I hate being regarded as some bimbo who doesn't know how to work a controller. It doesn't seem to matter what I do, it happens and while I don't find it "hurtful," persay, I do find it an annoyance that makes me want to beat someone with my keyboard. I once broke up with a guy 'cause he wouldn't let me touch his PS3 over his theory that "girls don't like that stuff." So, it's not just Taylor and Williams. Girl gamers, despite our increasing numbers, are still severely underestimated.
  • Naked 2012/06/19 17:21:47
    Yes
    Naked
    6222 kills in black ops and people still call me powder puff. -___-
  • chamchamgal 2012/06/19 17:12:17
  • Laughin... chamcha... 2012/06/19 17:48:41
    Laughing Man
    +1
    Hell Yeah For Hyrule
  • Soot Th... chamcha... 2012/06/19 19:18:56
    Soot The Fallen
    Good to know that im not the onlyone who neglects to shower for just ONE MOAR LEVAL!
  • RoyDMercer - IFOTFD 2012/06/19 17:11:40
  • Melizmatic RoyDMer... 2012/06/19 17:28:48
    Melizmatic
    +1
    Its true.
  • Soot Th... RoyDMer... 2012/06/19 19:19:12
    Soot The Fallen
    +1
    Saddly yes.
  • artistheweapon 2012/06/19 17:08:09 (edited)
    Yes
    artistheweapon
    +1
    But not by any fault of a particular group, but more society. The stereotypical "gamer" is a heavy man in his 30's to 40's living in his mothers basement. As such, the prospect of a young woman playing games goes entirely against that stereotype, and it seems rare or improbable. it could also be lent to the fact that a girls social norm isnt to sit around playing games, and so they dont. Lack of projection of their video game past leads men to suspect that it is simply nonexsitant. As a girl gamer, i say lets break that social norm.
  • Metalingus67 2012/06/19 16:49:23
    Yes
    Metalingus67
    +2
    I have two daughters ages 16 and 19 that can play most anything better than adult friends of mine. Im talking experienced gamers too not people that don't know games. GIRL GAMERS ROCK!!!
  • jake 2012/06/19 16:48:20
    No
    jake
    +2
    I don't think they are at all. In fact a lot of them are even better than guys. They just choose to spend their time differently. DO NOT UNDERESTIMATE THE LADIES, THEY WILL KICK YOUR ASS!
  • kyle 2012/06/19 16:45:46
  • Melizmatic kyle 2012/06/19 17:09:17
    Melizmatic
    +5
    *lmao!

    Get 'em, girls...

    "Sammich! Sammich!"
  • Latti I... Melizmatic 2012/06/19 23:12:37
  • Katheri... kyle 2012/06/20 09:24:22
  • Imogene 2012/06/19 16:43:31
  • KB 2012/06/19 16:42:22
    Yes
    KB
    I play games that aren't girly, and I like to play and buy some games directed towards men like Lollipop Chainsaw. And if you use YouTube check out The RPGMinx, ParasiteEve20007 etc. for really great girl gamers.
  • BattleBunnys 2012/06/19 16:41:19 (edited)
    No
    BattleBunnys
    +1
    I say no as a gamer girl myself. I love gaming but MOST (note that I did not say all) girls play video games for attention. Here's a conversation I had with a friend:

    Her: "Alyx, we should game together. We can play Call of Duty!"

    Me: "I don't like shooters, kiddo."

    Her: "We can play Black Ops."

    Me:"... That's Call of Duty. I only like RPGS"

    Her: "We can play MODERN WARFARE!" *Another friend and I crack up*

    Her:"Okay, then we'll play Dragon Age(my favorite game)... but I get to be the Dragon!
  • Naked BattleB... 2012/06/19 17:24:46
    Naked
    +1
    *facepalm*
  • alex BattleB... 2012/06/19 17:35:51
  • twitchtip BattleB... 2012/09/21 02:39:30
    twitchtip
    i think you may need some smarter friends...
  • BattleB... twitchtip 2012/09/21 03:02:56
    BattleBunnys
    Some make for amusing conversation ;-)
  • twitchtip BattleB... 2012/10/19 03:42:01
  • Chris 2012/06/19 16:37:44 (edited)
    Yes
    Chris
    I've come across some decent girl players.
  • Soot Th... Chris 2012/06/19 19:21:29
    Soot The Fallen
    Scarry meat tube fest.
  • brunyon 2012/06/19 16:34:55
    No
    brunyon
    when they stop trying to act like special little snowflakes because they place video games maybe they will have an easier time.
  • Midnite12 brunyon 2012/06/19 17:49:03
    Midnite12
    +3
    Not all of them act like that.
  • brunyon Midnite12 2012/06/19 20:08:04
    brunyon
    +1
    True, but enough do.
  • twitchtip brunyon 2012/09/21 02:41:08
    twitchtip
    i hate the name exchange, when you play a few rounds with ppl... im no damn snoflake. but its hard not to notice i have a girl name.
  • Nekosarethebest 2012/06/19 16:34:16
    Yes
    Nekosarethebest
    Yup....
  • Maiko 2012/06/19 16:31:19
    Yes
    Maiko
    +2
    Yes we do. Some, not all guys, are still convinced that "gaming" is a guy's "thing" and also think that females can't handle it or keep up with them. Which is bull! Many of us chicks can run circles around guy gamers. Perhaps that is what bothers them the most.
  • JCLadybug 2012/06/19 16:30:10
    Yes
    JCLadybug
    I read her full article, and honestly, I don't see why she didn't just take the dang keyboard and show them that she knew what she was doing. She complains that the PR guys took over, but in the first instance she just let them (she was dumbfounded at their reaction...but still....find your voice)....and after the first time why didn't she insist on playing? Sure there was a lot of sexism there...but try to overcome it not just sit back and take it. I'm sure she could remain professional while still insisting on playing.
  • ☂cinderella.dress.in.yellow☂ 2012/06/19 16:05:49
    Yes
    ☂cinderella.dress.in.yellow☂
    +1
    whats wrong girl gamers do you think we all like shopping
  • Sinister Ken Doll™ 2012/06/19 16:05:00
    No
    Sinister Ken Doll™
    +2
    women can do a lot of stuff guys can; that's pretty much been drilled into my brain since kindergarten, yet i still don't understand why both men and other women keep shortchanging them
  • Melizmatic Siniste... 2012/06/19 17:10:12 (edited)
    Melizmatic
    +1
    Because prejudging folks is much easier than actually USING one's brain...
  • ashdragon88 2012/06/19 16:04:28
    Yes
    ashdragon88
    +1
    Eh, sometimes. I have had a lot of surprised comments and looks when people find out I'm a gamer but hateful comments are few and far between these days and when you do its usually coming from 12 year old boys who don't know any better, till you whoop on them a little anyhow lol.
  • Stryder 2012/06/19 15:53:35
    Yes
    Stryder
    I've played against quite a few very talented female gamers.
  • Jay Calderone 2012/06/19 15:51:05
    Yes
    Jay Calderone
    +2
    which is why i pretend to be a guy when i'm gaming online XD

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