The evolution of girl gamers
Boy gamers are so self-centered they act as though women haven’t been playing video games for decades, and then act horrified when the female gamers who have always been there actually become visible and vocal about the rampant misogyny that has infected the gaming world.
Like seriously, how entitled do you have to be that women saying “it sure would be nice if I wasn’t treated like shit while enjoying the games I play” translates to “I must be catered to” when video games have LITERALLY been catered to men for decades?
It’s actually pretty disgusting watching stuff like this happen. I didn’t even know this was a THING until very recently and it’s been a pretty damn big culture shock if I must be honest. The mindset of male gamers; Creepy, “go make me a sandwich”, “I bet you don’t even play that game” kind are still stuck in the early 90’s. They haven’t moved on, there’s no way that they have.
Coming from a males perspective here? …Just why? What’s so damn different that a woman is playing a game than when another man is? If it’s “They’re going to ruin it??!1111!!!oNEONEONE”? …Ruin it for whom? Yourself? Gee, your opinion of a game must be pretty low if someone you don’t know makes you not want to play it just by WANTING to be involved in it. I’ve had my ass HANDED to me by some female gamers and the only shame I felt was…wait, there is no shame there.
All in all. The person above me is pretty much right. There’s several videos here, here, and here, that are just examples of what’s wrong with how women are treated in the gaming industry.
Here person that made that picture lemme give you a real idea why you are being laughed at.
1970-80 men and women play weird pixel creations that resemble games.
1983 - my mother bought her intellivision. To play pacman. Note: my mother identifies as a woman. Imagine that. She is married with a 1 year old daughter at this time. (Me)
1988-95 we bought a Nintendo so she could play Mario and pinball. I played Zelda and traded hand drawn maps with another girl at school so we could find all the secrets in the Zelda mode of the game. The code justin bailey was widely known. No one made any comment about samus ruining things. In fact Nintendo power had no problem making her into this hard edged bounty hunter. (Of which I was confused. She hunts paper towel? I was a kid. ) we modified our snes to play Japanese games to play ff5. I wrote into Nintendo power for help in a game and they MAILED me a response. A boy in school made fun of me for not having the money to buy the new final fantasy 3 yet. (I did get it eventually. )
I didn’t really stop playing games either. Neither did my mother. So it was always particularly baffling that guys on the internet seemed surprised girls played games now. I was always here. Most of my friends always played games. Male and female. The girls didn’t suddenly appear, we were always here. On top of that no one seemed surprised to see us in traditionally “geeky” stores around here until the mid 90s or so. I’m assuming you were born around 1990 or later and were just discovering girls at all when Internet gaming became popular, because otherwise you just weren’t paying attention at all.
Btw. The cake was totally real. Didn’t you beat portal at all? Also, using Classic Mario for an info graphic that doesn’t start a timeline until 1995 is inaccurate.
Not to mention, back in 1995-2000 If you were a girl who played games no one gave a shit? Sure some of the more closed in guys were shocked, but mostly the people on your block wanted to come over and play your console. Like.
I don’t remember people questioning my love for Mortal Combat, Final Fantasy, Chrono Cross/Trigger, etc. I feel as if this is a newer phenomena, since MMO’s, and it’s not because we- women- don’t exist in the gaming world, it’s because we are so tired of you FUCKING PRICKS harassing us in games that we’re trying to enjoy, that we don’t tell people our gender, and let others believe we are men.
We have been known to beg other females in our guilds to not tell anyone else in the guild that we’re actually female, because of fucking pricks like you.
As someone raised in a family of gamers, I can tell you point blank that my mother was a gamer back when you had to go to an Arcade and spend a stack of quarters on the game.
Essentially what I am saying is that this division is created by men who are trying to push us out of gaming. Eat shit, we’re not going anywhere.