10 Things Girl Gamers Hate About Gaming
Lots of girls love to play the leading consoles whether it be Wii, Xbox 360, or Ps3. However, girls' game playing experience can be altered by who they meet or what people say about them. Although there are many girls who love to play games like Call of Duty or Left4Dead, some (not all) guys act like they are unworthy of playing because of their gender. This can frustrate girl gamers and even make them want to stop playing altogether although most don't let it get to them. Here are 10 things girl gamers hate about gaming.
1. Guys Who Don't Believe It.
Yes, we hear lots of comments thrown at us like "your not a girl. Your a 5 year old boy. Get a life." This comment doesn't actually bother us all that much but it can be annoying for someone to comment on how you speak. We don't care whether you believe we are a girl or not. Its like a girl can't speak without a guy commenting about their voice. It usually makes girls unplug their mics rather than talk like any other person in the lobby would.
2. The Random Friend Requests.
We don't care what your reason for adding us is but we know its most likely our gender. We can't have normal friends on our friends list because right when a guy sees a girl, they instantly think "add". The only way most of us would add you is if we actually spoke to you in a game and thought you were cool people. Most guys just add right away without even knowing the girl just because of their gender and it could get annoying. On the other hand, there are girls who play just for the attention but that's another story and those girls are not true girl gamers. That brings us to the next number.
3. The Fake Girl Gamers.
This is one thing lots of girls hate to see. There are girls in the gaming world who purposly try to make themselves known as a "girl gamer". A real girl gamer doesn't care if she makes herself known to the public. She just wants to play the game. Even if she's not very good at the game, she just wants to play regardless of whether people add her or not. That's what a real girl gamer is. Not a girl who says "Hey! Im a girl! I can kick your but! Add me :)" without playing the games. If a girl says that and actually plays the games, we don't really mind. But if a girl fakes it by putting her brother on the controller, it can really annoy people. These girls usually try to bring as much attention to themselves as possible. These kinds of girls also created the stereotype that "Girls only play games to get hit on."
4. The Trash Talkers.
When a guy sees a girl gamer, he talks trash. When he loses, he talks more trash. I know many girl gamers have had this experience. A guy sees a girl gamer in the lobby, talks trash, and then when your team wins with you on top, he talks more trash. There are lots of insults/ comments these guys make but that will be covered in another article.
5. Being asked out.
We don't play video games in order to get online boyfriends in other states/countries. We just care about playing the game and maybe even making some friends in the process. Getting a boyfriend? We aren't interested in. That's not why we play. The funny thing is, these guys know nothing about us and they ask anyway. It makes no sense. We suggest you take your questions somewhere else because they don't matter to us.
6. The Stereotypes.
There are many stereotypes about girl gamers. Some I've heard? "Oh, your probably fat and ugly, that's why you play games right?" What in the world--? What does a girl's looks have to do with how or if they play games? "Go play your barbie games!" Umm... I actually don't own one of those. Could you lend me one of yours? Yes, it happens all the time. We've heard them before. I know this doesn't apply to all guys but when a girl is online, she hears a lot of comments about how girls don't play hardcore games. Lesbian jokes, insults on looks, no game skill, yes we've heard it all. Some guy gamers believe that girls don't know the controls and are helpless. Its wrong.
7. The Messages.
We dread them. The messages are the perverted comments made to girl gamers. To these gamers, its funny. To us, its annoying. They start talking sexual and are cracking up on the other end while the girl is just trying to play the game. We learn to ignore and delete the messages right away, trust me. The most popular one I've heard is "Moan for me please". Really? Get a life. Its annoying. The picture messages are the worst. Girls, if you receive a picture message from a random gamer, erase it and don't look back.
8. The Questions
We hear lots of questions. How old are you? Where are you from? What color is your hair? Sure, your curious. We'll answer, we don't mind much. But then those questions move to "Can I have your number?" or "Can you send me a picture of you?" and at that point, most of us don't want to waste our time. Sure, some girl gamers don't mind all that but some do. If anything, we'll just give you our facebook name and that's it. But then the question from number 5 comes out. "Can you be my xbox/ps3/wii girlfriend?" No. I don't want to be your girlfriend, don't ask again.
9. The Obsessive Guys
Yes, some guys are complete jerks. But some are sweet. They defend you in the lobbies or like playing games with you and that's not a problem. We actually love gamer friends that we can depend on sometimes. But when the guys become obsessive and message and invite you 24/7, it sometimes gets annoying. It doesn't get annoying if we usually play with that person or group of people though. It just gets annoying when we obviously don't want to join/answer and we constantly get messages/invites. We like the guys that are in between the jerks and obsessed. Not the guys who blow up our system with their naggy messages/invites.
10. The Ruined Gaming Experience.
That's all of the above. If all of that happens, it makes a person not want to play anymore. So the annoying comments and remarks can affect a girl's gaming experience completely. If your one of the people who does any of the nine above, STOP. It's time consuming and repetitive. Don't ruin the gaming experience for anyone, you wouldn't want that to happen to you.
Girls, if you run into any of the above, ignore it. Yes, the comments can offend you or the messages can annoy you but don't worry about it too much. Just enjoy your games :)