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Being A Girl Gamer: Come Out


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Many people believe I’m a little boy when they find me on Xbox Live, I politely correct them and sometimes they ask me to marry them.


The only reason people make such a big deal out of gamer girls is because the gaming industry focuses on the 15 to 30 year old male bracket.  In short it’s about money.


However, I have discovered men really want someone to play with.  So, coming out of the console box maybe a dream come true.


I’m lucky, I was born in San Jose and have no problem blending in the gamer world, but I’m sure there are a few women out there who are scared to confess their gamerdom and I’m here to help you come out of the console box.


1. Your opinion matters.


Just because you are a girl doesn’t mean you should act stupid when speaking to guys about video games.  For example, I think Dragon Age Origins sucks and I let the staff know it at my local Game Stop. 


Speak out, let those boys know you understand how to work a Wii mote and know what MMORPG stands for.


2. Kick their butt.

Be aggressive, don’t back down just because you might hurt their little ego.  If they want to be your friend they should act mature and realize it’s just a game.


One of my favorite moments was when I finally beat my guy friend at Super Smash Brothers Brawl.  I literally danced around the room in celebration.

3. Remind them you know how to play.

 

There is nothing more annoying then somebody, boy or girl, who tries to show you how to play and treats you like you are five.Tell them to treat you like an adult or back off.

 

4. Seek out other girl gamers.

 

Yahoo Groups, Meetup.com, your local gaming store, ask around, we’re not as rare as you think.

 

5.  There is nothing wrong with wanting to kill.

 

Society tells women, be gentle, succeed at baby making, smile, don’t raise your voice, let the boys win, even to this day.  The 50s are over.

 

We’re all human, we all have emotions, and there is nothing wrong with expressing them.  Anger is an emotion, there is nothing wrong with shooting zombies with a shotgun and enjoying the blood splatter.  I think it’s healthier than going postal.

 

6. Don’t be afraid to be girly.

 

Just because they are a bunch of guys don’t be afraid to wear your makeup or whatever.  You have to deal with their farts, they can deal with your lip gloss.


7. Provide food.


This is a general gesture of acceptance from any male.  Take the easy route into their gaming world.

These are just tips to help the girl gamer in you to confidently come out.  So go play already.

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