Okay I’m going to rant here-I do not like the stigma behind girl gamers.
Gamers- regardless of their gender are stereotyped. Nerds who spend hours on their computers or consoles, snacking away without washing and are socially awkward. Now, add the fact you’re a girl into that and the stereotype is enhanced.
I have never considered myself to be gamer, just someone who enjoys video games, and enjoy being the lighter term because I will emotionally invest myself into each storyline (Sobs over Bioshock infinite ending) but anyway…the stigma behind a girl gamer goes two ways:
- The girl every guy dreams of, like some sort of holy grail who they can spend their evenings gaming with and have this ultimate two player set up.
- The complete socially awkward nerd who keeps to herself and only communicates through memes.
I am neither of the above and I can guarantee 99% of every other girl who plays some kind of console does not fall into it either. The thing is, there is a stigma behind girl gamers and it’s not fair for someone to be embarrassed by their hobbies. Some weeks I’m so busy I look forward to having an evening where i can sit at home on my Xbox and walk around the wasteland or shouting giants off cliffs. ( I really recommend it for stress relief its a blast)
To me, sometimes it feels like I have to explain myself as to why i game because it’s so unusual or i have to prove my interest through gamer score, which is quite frankly appalling. In fact i am a terrible gamer, most other people would have given up and found a new hobby but i must save as many tribes as possible and get to the best round on Zombies i possibly can. Either way i will continue to get the “Are u a girl LOL XD” messages in the lobbies and I’m bored with it. In one way it does express the maturity of others when you’re in a lobby and you here random people nearly crying at fact a girl just top of the leaderboard in search and destroy.
I don’t know, maybe its just one thing Feminism is yet to tackle, but for now I will continue in my own little world exploration life one apocolypse at a time.