Sunday, December 05, 2010

Gaming Girls....

Girls in Gaming? back in the day, the 80’s and 90’s you just didnt see it that much. Gaming in those days, days of playing in your parents basements, 2 litre bottles of soda and huge bags of potato chips and jalapeno cheese dip, was largely the realm of the the great unwashed masses of males.


I do remember one girl, Jennifer Grotogears, who, not only being a DR Who fan, was the first female gamer my age i knew, but besides her, no other girl played in our games. Don’t get me wrong, at the Cons and here and there a few brave pioneers of the girlish kind made their presence known. some matched their male counterparts in there class restriction against cleanliness and could spew geek lingo better then most but they were a minority.


Every now and then you have a player that would force (or be forced by ) their girlfriend to play... always a disaster, usually derailing the game and she would disappear as soon as they broke up. Then there were the girl who showed up and every gamer tried to pick them up, GM’s showered them with gifts a favors... “I’m a 2nd level moron” says the male gamer “Oh I’m 100th level demi-god” says the girl. Nothing could destroy a campaign like a single girl gamer... not by anything she did, but by all the young bucks trying to gain her affection.


I still remember standing on the top floor of the Baltimore convention center, watching the reaction as a fairly attractive gaming girl walked by below, every guy would turn and gawk, she was the shark in a sea of guppies. I used to get a kick out of the guys trying to pick them up.... Guys wearing t-shirts the heralded their favorite class, dice pouches firmly fastened to their belts and who had the grooming standard of a homeless man... tried to wow these rare creatures with tales of dungeons past and of loot they had acquired.


Things are different now, though geek guys still outnumber geek girls, the numbers have certainly changed. The last group I ran, girls actually outnumbered guys. There was once a super bad social stigma to being a gamer, at least with RPG players, I don’t know if that still applies now a days. I was once ask “are you a satan worshipper” and the news had stories of kids killing themselves when their characters died.... I think we are passed that now.

6 comments:

Clockmaker said...

Also.... the shear social awkwardness we showed when even dealing with women in our own social comfort zone... man LOL

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aravan said...

Ahh, the once-elusive Gamer Girl, that rarely sighted creature that would send the most logically-arguing rules lawyer into a puddling mass of real-life Gibbering Mouther. I wonder if a generation of gamers having children and raising them to think it was "normal" has caused an influx, along with the mainstreaming of concole video games and the appeal of games like Fable and the Sims - decorate your house! Build relationships! - have detached some of the stigma.

roger said...

Well with the advent of games like World of Warcraft, Final Fantasy, Ever Quest, etc... There is allot more graphics and gameplay that appeals to pretty much everyone. Having played World of Warcraft for going on 5 years now I can say that I have partied up to do party and raid instances with allot of females and they rate as competant if not more competant than most of the male players. They tend to shirk all of the useless bravado and just do their jobs. In fact one of the most interesting things about online gaming is that the anonymity of the internet really does strip allot of preconcieved and outdated notions and provides people of every background to come online and assume a mask where skill overrules social stigmas.

Roger

Jeannie said...

It's funny. Though I rather enjoy no longer being automatically hit on by every male with balls enough to talk to me, I do sorta miss the near-unique status of being the lone female gamer.