Women make up a huge chunk of the game-playing population, but it ain't always simple being a girl gamer.
The Evolution of a Female Gamer
When I was a kid, I was one of the very few girls who played video games. It wasn’t something that girls did back in the 1980s. Little girls were supposed to play with Barbies and baby dolls. They were supposed to play dress up and pretend to be wives and mothers, I guess in preparation for their adult lives. While I did play with my Barbies on occasion, usually with my cousins, I didn’t pretend Barbie was dating Ken or was always dressing up for parties. Barbie had real issues to deal with in her life. My Ken was often a murderer and Barbie had to solve the crime before the other Barbies were victims. Sometimes Barbie’s life was normal, but most of the time I preferred to play with Star Wars action figures, Legos, and Hot Wheels because there was more action to them. As the gaming industry began to develop, I started to shift to more video games. I was unknowingly laying the foundations of becoming a gamer.
Why Aloy is the Character Female Gamers Need
Yes, I am an adult female gamer — a growing crowd over the last several years. I have been gaming since I was a little girl during the age of the ColecoVision and the Atari 2600. In a previous article titled “ The Evolution of a Female Gamer,” I shared my experiences as the gaming industry progressed, mainly playing online during the early days of Xbox Live. There is an area of gaming that has drawn the attention of the female gamer that I touched on a bit in that article: female lead characters.
My stats are: Age 43, female, married, 3 kids–all boys. I love reading, writing, cooking, drinking whiskey, dancing (sometimes while drinking whiskey) listening to Nina Simone and ... playing video games. But please, don't be cringe and call me a GAMER MOM. My 13 year old son can't handle it.
What It’s Like Being a ‘Broke’ Gamer
Ihave loved Pokémon since the late ’90s. I spent hours playing the games and watching the anime, even when my classmates openly declared their distaste for the franchise. I ended up carrying my love for Pokémon into adulthood. I bought most of the games and even have a special edition Nintendo Switch that features Pikachu and Eevee.
She's Just a Gamer Girl
Y'all it's sometimes a weird thing to admit you are a girl in a gamer world. I'm sure it's been said a thousand times over but sometimes you get a lot of feedback about it.
Pub Games and Women - Jem’s Perspective
My parents took me to quite a few pubs when I was younger, but I don't remember playing any games in them because we were too busy eating crisps. I think probably my earliest memories are playing pool in pubs when I was a teenager and just hanging out.
Hyper-Sexualization of Women in Gaming - Caroline’s Perspective
We’ll start off with my most egregious examples. I quite often talk about how I love playing 7 Days to Die. I shouldn't because it's a terrible game and I hate the developers in so many ways, but I do like playing the game. You get to build, you get to do whatever you like and I like those games. Creating my own house, spending time doing things and killing zombies. One of the traders that exists in this post apocalyptic world is Trader Jen and 7 Days To Die has been an alpha for about a century and the latest update came out and what did all those developers spend that time doing? They made her cans bigger and lessened the doctor aspect and it made her look more like a nurse. It's just tiresome when you're playing games as a woman to have to constantly look at this stuff.
Accessibility and Disability in Gaming - Matt's Analysis
Accessibility and disability are issues that the gaming industry shares with wider society. The message that society tends to send to anyone who is not a white, cisgender, straight, white, able-bodied man with no illnesses whatsoever is that you don't belong here, that this is not a space that the belongs to you. Then we add in capitalism, which espouses that if you can't work a nine to five job then you're essentially a drain on society and you're worthless. Sometimes you can feel like a dead weight on society. It's terrible for your self-esteem. The gaming industry is not exempt. This article is about the idea of whether games give you a sense that you belong.
how games increase my fever to 41 degrees
I'll be honest, I don't play very often. Not that I wouldn't like it, only that sometimes it seems to me that my body has an allergic reaction when I get my hands on PS.
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How I Found My Voice As A Woman In Gaming (And How You Can Too)
If you told me a year ago I’d be making money from playing video games I would have just laughed. When people look at me they’d never guess I’m a gamer. I’m a sporty, but feminine, girl with a corporate job at a global business. But when I’m not working, exercising, or socializing, I spend a lot of my spare time playing video games and even turned my love for gaming into a side hustle. My brothers introduced me to gaming when I was 4 years old, so I’ve played almost my whole life, however, I never had many friends who liked video games when I was growing up. It was almost a hidden passion of mine. A passion that has developed and now helps me pay the bills.
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.