Gaming for Girls ~ A moment in the life of a lady

//Gaming for Girls ~ A moment in the life of a lady

Gaming for Girls ~ A moment in the life of a lady

  I tried to verbalize this in my feelings on this topic on twitch. I did poorly so I’m going to say it again in text! Everyone likes reading more than listening! Here is a play by play of my first and likely only experience where I sort of understood where women are coming from with the complaint about male protagonists being all over the goddamn place. Note: I respect women and do feel they should be able to be themselves in games. I just always thought about the issue like “who  cares what gender a character is”. The following events helped me quantify the problem better.

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  Alright! I got this game called Defender’s Quest! So far so good! It has a Start button and a Quit button! What’s that? Bonus Goodies? Nah bro…nah. Real men don’t click anything but Start!

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  Import? Whatever I don’t click no French button! Hell no buddy! I click New Game! Because I am new and this is a game and everything is aligning just as it always does. We are about to go balls to the walls and defend the heck out of some quests.

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  Oh cool! It has a female character by default! That’s cute I guess I’ll switch it to male because I have man parts and that’s just more comfortable for me. I’ll just…

  Wait a minute…

Wait a gosh darn…

Cotton pickin’…

Minute!

  There is no button to change gender! I looked! I have proof. Here are all the places I checked.

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  My brain was lost and deeply confused. I sat there for a moment stunned by the lack of options to represent myself in the game. I smiled because for a second I kind of got it. I understood why girls get upset when they have nobody to look up to in games and media. That feeling of dissonance and unease that had just hit me like a freight train was a woman’s entire experience with the media. Naturally I did what any person would do.

  I sat down and I thought hard.

  If I’ve got to be a woman in this game I’m going to need the perfect name.

  A name that will show everyone I am a man who is creative and can think not only outside the box but outside of my own gender!

  I scavenged every corner of my mind.

 

 

  Every edge of my psyche.

 

 

Every ounce of my essence.

 

 

And I came up with the perfect name to set out on my journey with lady bits!

 

 

 

 

 

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Nailed it.

 

(but seriously we should really diversify our protagonists and antagonists.)

By | 2013-07-23T22:32:32+00:00 July 23rd, 2013|Journal|Comments Off on Gaming for Girls ~ A moment in the life of a lady