There has been a stack of discussion lately about females and gaming. I have stated my thoughts somewhat incoherently in the following video, but I might just write them out as well at the end of this post since my written word makes much more sense than my spoken ones! Feel free to read or not read if you watched the video, as it will be pretty repetitive.
Video is now back up, last time I checked there was sound the whole way though, lets hope this one works
Personally, I do not understand all the fuss that there is about female gamers. Of course, there are going to be some who exploit the fact that they are female (and I have unfortunately met a couple of women like this), and there are going to be others who try to hide their gender so that people don’t discriminate against them. Personally, I just treat it as a total non issue. I don’t go out of my way to mention that I am female, although people generally pick it up through the way I write or things I happen to say. They certainly realise when I get onto vent! I don’t expect people to start treating me any differently or to act any differently around me once they know either – I am still a person who is interested in the same game as you, as well as many other things. Personally, I think that the ‘fat slob who lives in his parent’s basement’ stereotype is much more harmful to the gaming community as a whole, and the MMORPG community in particular. MMORPG’s seem to attract most of the flak for being responsible for ‘hooking people on games, ruining their lives’ etc etc. I am sure that everyone imagines the typical WoW player to be an unemployed lazy slob living off their parents or the welfare system. I personally do not know a single person to fit this stereotype. Most of the players I have met are intelligent people with families and active social lives. In fact, I am probably the most reclusive of most of them, and I still have successfully completed a degree, and, believe it or not, do make it out of the house occasionally!
Other things mentioned in the video include ‘Why Shadow Bolt is bound to the number 2′ and a quick mention of Matticus’ SYTYCB big question he had.