I sometimes forget that with blogging on internet articles there is a great potential that the author will read what I have to say about her work. While I’ll call people of any gender on sexism, I want to be mindful I don’t discourage women from writing in male dominated fields like video game journalism. As I know too well from my own experiences, women who write editorials get enough hatred from misogynists. I don’t want to be another voice of discouragement when I critique. How can I help the author write a less sexist article in the future?
* A note from the author: if you are lucky enough to already have a tech savvy girl who dabbles in gaming from time to time, this article is not meant for you. This is not “how to transform your gamer girl into a hardcore gamer girl.” These helpful tips are for the ladies who have never held a console controller in their hands or who still think that Ms. Pac Man is the greatest game EVER. So before you flame me for being stereotypical or for suggesting that you “dumb it down” for the girls, I defy you to find me a chick who has never gamed before who could pick up an Xbox controller and play Halo out of the gate. …you won’t. Also, a pre-emptive strike for the militant femanist chicks who will flame me for being stereotypical….get a freaking sense of humor bitches!
Hugs and Kisses,
I think the author of the Transforming Your Girl article should try not to define gaming experiences from such an elite (male) perspective. Halo 2 is more hardcore and therefore a more accomplished game to enjoy, which negates the validity of enjoying old school games because they aren’t as serious by the guys’ standards. I think treating certain games as the ultimate goal may discourage your partner from gaming because other games she (I guess in this case we’re discussing women in heterosexual relationships) enjoys along the way might seem like they aren’t good enough.
Enough from me. I’ll leave the response to calling us militant and humorless bitches for you all. What do you make of it?