Girl Gamers: One Chick's Perspective
I own a pink DS Lite. It doesn't get played often. I might charge it up for trips to the doctor or a new Phoenix Wright game, but mostly it just sits there dead and unused. But one fact remains: It's pink. My 360 controller would probably be pink as well, except I own a Halo 360. Pink would clash terribly with all that green.
Pink is such a foofy color. It's light and soft and such a token expression of femininity that I can't help but love it.
I also like skirts, new shoes, and applying my make-up with artistic care. On the flip side, I'm a complete nerd, and if you challenged me to a death match in Unreal Tournament, you're looking at a curb stomp battle. I own that game's soul.
Once upon a time, I worked as a sales associate at a popular gaming retailer. Inevitably, I was stereotyped, passed up for questions or subjected to the inevitable, "Do you really play video games?"
Being female is tough for a multitude of reasons. Being a female gamer means annoying assumptions:
"Are you looking for a game for your boyfriend?" "No, but if it's got co-op he's welcome to play with me."
A flood of friend invites when other gamers hear a, honest-to-goodness female voice speak up on her headset.
Putting up with game after game filled with nothing but boob physics and fanservice.
But do you know what the funny thing is? I'm not sure we would have it any other way. Being female in a past-time pandering mostly to males has its perks. And, let's face it, we don't like competition. Chatting up your gal pals about the latest gaming news is one thing. Walking into your local video game shop and finding an attractive chick who knows how to synch a wireless controller to its respective console? Hells no.
I'm a female. I'm narcissistic but insecure. I'm annoyed but I like the attention. Gaming females are, proportionately, a rare breed, and I for one like it that way. But, game developers.... We could do with a little more equal-opportunity fanservice. Hideo Kojima can't pick up the slack forever.