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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  • Jay Calderone 2012/06/19 15:51:05
    Jay Calderone
    which is why i pretend to be a guy when i'm gaming online XD
  • PokerFace 2012/06/19 15:48:21
    everyone think they can beat u
  • Abbie707 2012/06/19 15:46:51
    People act like there is no such thing as girl gamers. Well there is so to all u stupid people who girls arent as good as boy ur f***ing wrong a$$holes!!!
  • The Inc... Abbie707 2012/06/19 16:13:40
    The Incurable Pessimist
    It is a foolish idea to get angry over the Internet. Calm down.
  • kar 2012/06/19 15:16:29
    I love playing games, all kinds. Some formats are harder for me than others, but I can still kick some butt playing the games I love. My racing skills leave a bit to be desired, but working on improving them sure is a lot fun.
  • _-T3x4S_M4D3-_ 2012/06/19 14:48:02
  • S.H 2012/06/19 14:46:15
    Definitely underestimated. I know from experience.
  • Drachen 2012/06/19 14:25:36
    And many people think they don't exist. There are plenty of girl gamers out there, some are even better than men. Your gender doesn't determine your gaming skills.
  • Yutt 2012/06/19 13:17:45
    Well from my own gaming experiences its safe to say if you ever run into a female gamer she is either mostly into some sort of a RPG type of game and if she does play any FPS's she's probably not so great. Plus on a side note being a male or female gamer doesn't automatically make you an all gaming bad ass some people just suck.
  • ShinyUm... Yutt 2012/06/19 19:35:47
    That's not true. :/ I play all sorts of games including RPG and FPS. I beat my male cousin at Halo. Your gender doesn't matter when it comes to how good you play video games...
  • Yutt ShinyUm... 2012/06/20 13:32:32
  • ShinyUm... Yutt 2012/06/20 19:21:53
    So now you're saying I'm no good when you haven't even played against me or watched me play? -_- Wow...
  • Yutt ShinyUm... 2012/06/20 22:08:49
    Trust me not many are any good to me. I've pretty much gave up on playing most games especially Call of Duty, Battle Field, Halo, Gears, and such unless I find a good clan to try and take on myself.
  • ShinyUm... Yutt 2012/06/20 22:39:32
    Well, you're pretty self-centered aren't you? Why don't you just play by yourself if you think you're better than everyone else?
  • Yutt ShinyUm... 2012/06/21 14:38:39
    Well with video games I am I guess. And well I hardly even play any anymore like I said I get bored and plus I think I'm getting too old to be playing video games anymore especially since everyone thinks they're a "gamer" because they play rock band, or wii sports, madden or any other sports games I'd really rather not be catagorized with any of that nonsense.
  • ShinyUm... Yutt 2012/06/21 14:52:02
    Yeah, I know what you mean about the gamer thing. Some girl said she was a gamer before when she only played The Sims. xDD But you're never too old for video games... :o

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