Thursday, April 22, 2010

Everyone Knows Girl's Don't Play Video Games

I am not generally one for FPS'. They just aren't my style, though every once in a while I will find one that catches my eye and turns into a good deal of fun for me. TF2 is one of those games. It's not as complicated or serious as some games. It's actually kind of goofy and cartoony. Maybe that's why I like it. It's easy to just run around, shoot things, and have a good time.

Well, a couple weeks ago I was in one of my favorite maps with several other people that I didn't know. At one point I'm asked if my avatar is really me and I reply that yes, it is me.

The response is a "Wait. What? But your avatar is of a girl."

Now, before I continue, let's pause and consider this. Yes, I am a girl. Yes, I am a gamer. And YES, I do occasionally jump into TF2 and other FPS games. I find it awfully biased and sexist to automatically assume that I am a boy, let alone a 14 year old boy. Do people ever consider that just because my voice is a little higher that maybe, just maybe, I'm actually a GIRL? *Gasp and Shock*

The assumption that I am a boy, and the disbelief that the girl in the avatar is, in fact, me is irritating. Come on people! Honestly! Girl's are gamers. Really. We like them just as much as the next person. This is not a new concept. I have been a gamer my entire life.

So, my response was, "That is because I am a girl, and that is me." The cumulative response was, "Oh. I thought you were a boy. Nevermind." *facepalm*

That last word. The "nevermind" was probably the smartest thing he'd said the whole time.

So, to all the guys out there, GIRLS are gamers too. Please do not jump to conclusions. kthxbai

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