Women make up a huge chunk of the game-playing population, but it ain't always simple being a girl gamer.
Roleplaying the Real Me
We spend most of our lives wrapped up in the concept of who we are supposed to be. Acting as expected, and never straying from the course. As a woman, I’m expected to sit down, and shut up. I’m supposed to be meek, and well mannered. Never raise my voice, and always say please and thank you. I’m supposed to dress nice and smell good. Never cuss or fight back. I’m supposed to fit into this mold of how women are meant to be. A mold that society has spent decades upon decades crafting.
How I splatted my way to Inner Peace
“Call me when you’re on your break” His text said. I call my husband as my break begins and he tells me he’s about to buy a Nintendo Switch. Before games me scoffs” We already have more than one Xbox and a PlayStation”. My husband builds his case for purchasing a Switch by telling me it’s a gaming system that all 4 of our children can play simultaneously. Multiplayer games are already in his hands. After he tells me what it’s on sale for, I tell him to go for it but I’m not convinced it’s a smart buy. Oh, how wrong I was.
Sims 4: 10 Generations of Icons
Ah, Sims 4. The place where you can enter into a career or start a family without the pressure of the real world. Not enjoying being a chef? Switch to being an astronaut because that just makes sense! Sick of your husband waking up at 3am and making himself an unnecessary quick meal? Divorce him with no paperwork required. Baby won't stop crying? End. Game.
A Female Gamer’s Thoughts on Feminist Frequency Season 1
I recently wrote a piece entitled Leave Chun-Li Alone. It explored the criticisms surrounding the character, particularly the idea that she was designed purely as the object of the male gaze (the implication — intended or not — being that she had little independent value as her own character). As I explained in that piece, and contrary to the critiques, I saw Chun-Li as a character I could look up to and admire.
Video games have always been a part of my life. I have been playing them since I was a kid, like many children since video games were created, but it wasn't just a fun thing for me to do. For me, they were a way for me to bond with my dad. My dad worked a lot of the time when I was a kid, so whenever it was just the two of us, or even sometimes with my mom around, we would play video games. We used to play on my mom’s PlayStation™ and PlayStation 2™, our Nintendo® GameCube™, and my mom’s Atari® Flashback™.
A Tribute to the Group Known Only As 🏡➕
If you had told me last year that I would spend the Pandemic locked in my room, playing a home design game on my iPad... Well, you might have gotten slapped at the stupidity of such a suggestion.
"I'm Not an E-Girl" And Other Lies I've Told While Playing League of Legends
#1 - "My name is Mike." Guys, I don't think you understand: I am totally blowing my cover, here. When I first started playing League of Legends, I chose the name "sleepymk." I would play duo games with my boyfriend which would often go (relatively) seamlessly. (I'm a Nami OTP and I will heal you for days, let me tell you.)
Dungeons and Dragons; an experience in itself.
I started to learn how to play Dungeons and Dragons with a few online friends at the beginning of covid-19 lockdown of 2019 summer. I began my journey with a Dwarf -Druid named Rosaline Warhammer, who had a large red beard alongside her bushy and curly red hair. I almost died 2 times within this game, and I ended with a permanent injury to my knee which decrease my walking speed by five foot, and as a dwarf only has 25ft of walking speed - this wasn't very good at all.
The Sexualization and Desexalization of Mortal Kombat's Mileena
Recently I wrote an article about Street Fighter's Chun Li and how she gets criticized for being oversexualized. While I don't find Chun Li to be sexualized, there is another character in fighting games that has been sexualized for nearly her entire existence. Her sexualization has become part of her character.
Leave Chun Li Alone
I remember the first time played Street Fighter II at the arcade. I briefly glanced over the pictures of fighters, excited to see that there was a woman available to select. I loved being able to fight as someone I could relate to, and I always picked her. Chun Li wasn’t weak; she was equal to the men she fought against. She had special moves designed for her, including her powerful kick. I felt that she could do anything the men in the game could do, and I was right. She’s gone on to be more iconic than any of the men in the game, with her being featured and referenced in other media.
More Than a Game
My first game console was a Nintendo NES, I was around three or four years old, and I’d sit cross-legged on the carpeted floor in our living room with my grandmother. To this very day, I still remember the feel of that controller in my hands and the glee I felt watching Mario jump over those turtles, grow from those mushrooms, and get his beloved Princess Peach. It’s hard to believe that that was thirty years ago.
The Lion's Share
Hello there! My name is Jasmine, I am the queen of PlayArmy. One of my hobbies is finding loopholes and smart strategies to win money in the world of Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS). I am a lady in her thirties who is excellent in guesstimating the best possible outcomes of just about every major sporting event that exists on planet earth. I dominate the PlayArmy’s prize leader boards on a daily basis while I follow the grids and graphs drawn out in this mysterious little black book I found in a specialty sports store.