At least, that’s what this chick is made of. Gaming in any form is not something you often hear girls speak of. My friends would much rather skip off to Zumba class than sit down with me at an Xbox. If I were to ask them if they ever played a MMO game they would probably stare, blink, and then release a sigh that sounded suspiciously like “Ohhhh, Jamie.”
I’m different though. I’m pretty happy with my geeky gamer side. Yes, that’s right! I play video games. And board games. And text based games. Sometimes they have knives, guns, and fists. Sometimes they have classes, guilds, and heroes. I don’t care who knows. I have spent most of my life playing all these things and a little over half of it oblivious to the fact that it’s a little out of the ordinary for females.
These days, however, more and more girls are playing these games. Even better is that more games are incorporating girl characters that don’t have giant boobs, insane clockwork body structure, and prince charming complexes. In the last 5 years or so we have seen women featured in games like Mass Effect, Gears of War, Halo, Rainbow Vegas 2, and more who play combat roles as opposed to being eye candy. We still have a long way to go before female gamers are on the same ground as their male counterparts, but I believe this isn’t that far over the horizon.
I, for one, am proud to be apart of this gamer chick movement. I have no problem speaking up for better characters, and more equality in the gaming industry. Girls and guys should be able to fight evil ancient alien races aiming on taking over the universe together, after all.
So if you find yourself signing on to Xbox, say “Hi”. I’m Jamiek27, and I will be fighting Reapers.