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Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Popular Misconceptions Pt. 2 - Stereotypes

 If you read my Popular Misconceptions entry, you would see that I talk about how girls do play video games despite popular belief, and how they get called "fat", "ugly", and "stupid".. but I never actually put in any detail of the type of stereotypes that come with girl gaming... only the public's general idea that every girl gamer out there is obese. Now, alot of people may scratch their heads and say "what kind of stereotypes are there with girl gamers?" and there's alot... it's the same with guy gamers, except no one cares about them.. so, let me just give the different stereotypes that surround girl gamers.

The Ladies:

 When it comes to stereotypes of girl gamers, I've seen them all.. the "try-to-be-a-gamer" gamer, the "typical" gamer, the "casual", and even the "Jap-fan" gamer... I've read of them all and dealt with them all, but this is my own list of the popular stereotypes, the forgotten stereotypes, and the newcomers.

The "Try-Hard" Gamer:  
Being spotted having usernames like xXsxyXcutieXx and BlondGRL4U, these are the types of girls that are usually shunned by the "hardcore" girl gamers, any other type of girl gamers out there. By taking promiscuous photos of themselves and talking about their pillow fights over their bestie's house last night, these girls try to distract their peers from paying attention to how much they actually suck at games and to focus on the overall picture that a possibly attractive girl has a gaming controller in her hand.
  You will mostly spot these girls on Live Uno, anything that tests the hand-eye coordination (RockBand, Guitar Hero..), and some will try to claim that they play FPS and that they're "serious business". The best way to get rid of them and shut them up is to come up with something witty to say, that will keep them quiet for the rest of the game. If you want to look up these girls, go to myspace... you'll see a bunch of them having bright pictures with consoles, controls, and games in order to appear "hardcore" and to try and have people strike up a conversation with them on what their favorite game is... only to say that they love "old school anything"... yet they don't even know what a NES is.. *smh*

      The Infamous Fat Girl Gamer:
The *Most Annoying* girl gamer stereotype out there and the most popular is the fat chick.. but let's be honest, who really looks like this? No one. Probably 1 out of every 1,000 girl gamers look like this... seriously, I bet there are more people who get killed in Africa by bees than there are of female gamers who look like this... 300lbs and all. Let's look at reality and science... you are what you eat, if you eat junk/unhealthy foods nonstop on top of living an inactive lifestyle, you're going to clog up your brain as well as your body, your brain isn't going to be at full potential... so how on Earth is someone who eats THAT much and has that big of a percentage of body fat going to have a high reaction time and to move their thumbs quick enough in order to kill people? Not to mention, this is probably one of those "fat models" that have webcam shows and get paid by males to dress/act/do whatever and one of her clients told her to steal her cousins gaming equipment and to wear it.
  I'm not dissing the big folk, I understand it's not a funny issue and there's a ton of factors that are to be counted for, but let's get rid of the whole "fat girl" image for female gamers, because it's way worst for men and more typical than it is for women, especially since most female gamers are on the Wii playing Mario-whatever instead of FPS.

           Which brings me to..

The "Health Nut" Girl Gamer:
Working out is good, there is nothing better than working out. It makes you happier, healthier, and for me... just more tolerant to other people that I usually wouldn't be able to stand on a regular basis.. but there is one problem... some girls seems to think that performing certain motions is equal to 2 hours at the gym... it's not. You need resistance (more than just gravity on your body weight).
  These girls aren't all that mainstream, but hey.. someone has to be buying WiiFit, and I don't think it's guys.
   Now, I went to a website and it pretty much did the sales pitch of "pay for a gym membership but never use it? Wait for a perfect cold day to workout outside but find out it gets hot too quickly? Use the WiiFit in your very own home!" Nooo. Get off your ass and go to the gym.. Rule 1 of Losing Weight: Don't be lazy, you want to be toned and healthy? Get to the gym.
   Now, these are the girls that probably have a secret shrine of health games... EA Sports Workout-whatever, Jillian Michaels workout-whatever game (can't bash on her, she's one of my idols..), and if you dig real far back, you'll see Healthy Cooking.. and if you see this, you better start running.. Low Fat, Low Sugar Recipes.

   A Message to Men: Only pursuit if you want your manhood taken away. While dating someone who cares about health and appearance is attractive, she can't cook. So.. you either keep your mom around and let her do the cooking, or sneak off in a dark corner eating Chinese food.. because you know this girl isn't going to allow take-out and will throw out any trace of it.

       The "Butch" Girl Gamer:   I laughed the first time I was called a Justin Bieber look-a-like butch lesbian girl gamer... it's kind of like the thing with the "fat girl gamer" where guys want to use aesthetics against you because they can't say anything about your intelligence since it surpasses theirs.. -cough-, but has anyone seen a girl who looks like this? Because I haven't, and this person in the photo is an exception, she's from a reality show, so it doesn't count... but I've looked up hundreds of photos of girl gamers from conventions and competitions, and while I can't see if they're lesbian or not, I know that they didn't look like this. I've also seen lesbian gamers and the worst lesbian gamer I've seen.. she was thick.. not really fat, but curvy, and she had colorful dreads in her hair and sharpie-d eyebrows, pretty much something you would find on but without the corset or doing much upper body work.

   Here's the thing though.. and guys don't realize what they're saying when they're attacking people with stupid remarks, if I'm a fat girl gamer, or a butch girl gamer, and you just lost to me.. that makes it all worst, don't you think?
   But anyway..
  If these girls exist, they're busy playing FPS, Skate1-3, and..- no, no... these girls probably play video games because their friends do, otherwise I really think they're off their ass and skating for real... who plays a skateboard game when they could probably do it outside? Beings that they're butch, it's something they probably do.. sports and stuff, and what's the fun of playing in on a console when you can do it for real? These girls aren't big in the game industry, better to let the stereotype die.

   The "FanGirl" Gamer:
 There's two types of fangirls, however... both are calmer than any fanboy out there and do not get into screaming matches on why a game is good.
 FanGirl A: Usually just buys a game t-shirt and takes a photo with her face and a game in order to show her dedication.
 FanGirl B: Girls that show up at conventions dressed as their favorite character (Rikku is most popular)... and yes, they went as far as to hire someone to make this outfit. if you want to get with this type of girl, just ask her how long it took her to make her outfit, she'll love it. 

     Fangirls can be found in a variety of locations, in a local arcade or game store, or on their fav. game's forums, figuring out what the opening track is so that they can download it as their main ringtone.

     The "Hardcore" Girl Gamer:
It's 3 in the morning, her eyes are blood red, and the rest of her clan/friends went to bed five minutes ago for the competition/clan match tomorrow, she is the Hardcore gamer and at her damn tiredest, she can still kick your ass. Unlike the casual gamer, you won't see her hoeing it up on Farmville but instead ripping through zombies, slaying dragons, and killing any person who's body is hanging out even an inch from a corner on the other side of the map.
   These girls need the best of everything when it comes to gaming, a tv screen instead of a monitor, dual video cards, and every gaming console out there in order to fill her need for gaming.
   If you see them outside of the house, they're either filling up on energy with carbonated horse pee, or waiting outside to buy their game so they can zoom up to the top of the ranks.

Message to Guys:  If approached, you might feel emotional abandonment.

     The "Casual" Gamer:
There's a few types of casual girl gamers.
        Casual GG 1: Owns a few handheld gaming consoles and a few regular consoles. She plays Mario-anything and Ledend of Zelda, maybe you'll even find a Yoshi's Story laying around somewhere in her room, in other words... no shooters.
        Casual GG 2: She is the evolved version of GG1, while she has a few shooters, the most realistic she can get in to GoldenEye007... if you know her, you're lucky, she's most likely to have a FF7 laying around somewhere.
        Casual GG 3: She loves The Sims, Zoo Tycoon, and anything that has to deal with management and simulation, obviously... doesn't venture much from those genres and will be guilty of going to and purchasing a few of their time management games.
        Casual GG 4: Don't expect much from this gamer, she's as much of a gamer as I am at being a Las Vegas cross dresser. You'll find her flooding your facebook wall with crap about Farmville and any other Zynga game there in out there.  There is one good thing about this girl though, she's a pro when it comes to phone games, especially solitare or bejweled.. best there is out there.

    In the end, who cares what kind of gamer you or someone you know is? As long as you have fun (and that's what it's for) no one else should matter. And yes, I was going to do guy stereotypes but I couldn't stand seeing this article in my Drafts anymore.. so here it is. Maybe soon I'll write something on stereotypes on guy gamers, even though there's only so many times I could write e gangster, dumb frat boy, and retro nerd before I get bored and move onto something else... like girls who beat their guys at video games ;].  -sigh- male egos..


  1. bwahaha... i don't really fall under any of theses... i just play what i want, and while i do play the occasional fps, i prefer the character builder type rpgs... but then again... i'm picky, yes i like ff7,but i prefer 9... and have played the newest... but still prefer ff9... I enjoy most of Bethesda name games, I enjoy the occasional obscure game... Skynet, was good... but maybe you're too young for that.
    but right now im being a bit girly, and philandering my way through indie games... I religiously play minecraft, and find myself slashing my way through skyrim...( but lets be honest, I'm not so much slashing, as I am stabbing strangers in the back, and shooting them from 100 yards away with my bow and arrow/cross bows...) still this is overall fairly accurate, in the attempt to kind of categorize the "girl gamer". i mean, women are fickle... its hard to categorize us as anything, before we decide to change our minds for the gazillionth time... i know i do...

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