RE: Girls in Games
At A Girl, a Gun and a Stripey Cat, Mithrilina wrote her thoughts about the perception of women who game. She observed the general progression of men’s reactions after they discover that one player among them is a woman. It’s nothing I haven’t seen before. Whenever the same thing happens when I’m playing with other people, I just keep quiet to myself because I don’t think picking on that girl contributes anything useful.
While I do observe the same trends also in-game, one thing I’m happy about is that these things have no place in the blogging community. I believe Blog Azeroth has equally exceptional male and female bloggers who contribute greatly to the community. Euripedes at Critical QQ, with whom I agree wholeheartedly, once praised the female bloggers and made note of their ingenuity. I’ve played enough games to be respectful of the women that I come across, but in the real world sometimes they just don’t live up to my expectations.
I think one of the reasons men respond the way they do to the women is because it’s not every day that you meet women who are not so engrossed in their own lives that they would play games like World of Warcraft. The women who are a part of my guild are also some of the best players of their class that I’ve seen.
So for the women out there, we thank you for gracing us with your insight. Do understand and give us some time to adjust since we don’t see many of you around in-game and that not all of us respond the same way as those you generally hear about. We will soon see that you’re just as good as any one of us.
And I’m glad we have women like you, Mithrilina, and Lineer as Marksmanship hunters.