A few years ago I got a tattoo on my upper back, above and in-between my shoulder blades. Most conversations about it go like this:
Person: Nice tattoo! What is it?
Me: It’s a symbol from Final Fantasy X
Person: (blank stare) What’s that?
Me: A video game.
Person: (the look) …
I’m really starting to think that I have three eyes…
The number of women in gaming continues to grow every year. They’re not just playing SIMS or Cooking Mama either. I’ve watched a few girls rack up some serious kills against guys in Halo, tear through teams in Madden, and cut through enemies in Devil May Cry.
Why do we do it? Is it because we want attention? Because we want to compete against guys? No. It’s simply because we enjoy playing video games, just like you do. For me, I love having something to do instead of sitting in front of the TV like a zombie. To have to think about what you’re doing and also enjoy doing it at the same time. In my spare time you will almost always find me in the game room at our house.
Want another female opinion? A great group of girls to check out are the Frag Dolls. This group was put together by Ubisoft to represent their video games and to promote females in gaming. Why do they call themselves “Girl” gamers and not just Gamers? On their website they say, “We are gamers, but we’re also girls. It doesn’t really matter whether “girl” is placed before gamer or not. We’re just here to play and compete. We’re not going to hide the fact that we’re girls, just like guys aren’t going to hide the fact that they’re guys.” The Frag Dolls have been around for about 5 years strong and compete often in the world of professional gaming. There’s even a chance that you saw Valkyrie (Amy) on the show WCG Ultimate Gamer 2009. She had a hand in creating another fantastic group as well, Pandora’s Mighty Soldiers (PMS Clan).
Females of all ages love playing video games. A friend of mine at work has a little girl who is around the age of 5 that loves to sit and play video games with him. Now, she doesn’t always use the controller herself, but just sitting and watching Daddy is just as fun (especially when you get to tell him what to do!). Then there is Kristina (age 11), who also loves to play video games, and argues with her brother over who gets time with what system. Let’s not forget my mother (can’t give you her age!). Despite the fact that she normally has no clue what she’s doing in the game, she has a great time doing it!
There is an increase in women working in the gaming industry as well. It’s always good to hear the voice of a female when I call up to the local video game store. Women just aren’t in the stores though, they’re starting to be more prominent in both designing and programming of the games as well. Hopefully that will get us out even more great games with men and women working together.
So, here comes the ultimate question. Who’s better, girl gamers or guy gamers? My answer? I think they’re both equally talented. Neither one is better or deserves more credit than the other. Will there always be competition? Definitely. But, isn’t it more fun that way?