As I was washing some dishes this morning (read: avoiding working on report cards) and I started thinking about the gamer girl vs. girl gamer argument that has been going on a for while. I know I am late to the party, and I may not be totally informed on all the current relevant points in the debate, but I do know this for sure: people who are arguing about this are missing the point. The point being, that even suggesting that all women fit into either one of two gamer'categories' (one of which that has very little to do with actual gaming) is -to put it mildly- incredibly insulting.
I mean, think about it, would you ever hear a man refer to themselves as a boy gamer? It would not even occur to them to think this way. Why do -some- women allow others to label them that way, or willingly choose to label themselves as such? Sure I have been guilty of having the conversation with my friend Louise and my sister about being a 'serious' female gamer as opposed to being 'gamer girl' but I felt so stupid using those terms, and at the time I wasn't sure why. I guess know why now, and its all thanks to dishes and report cards.
I would love, LOVE it, if someone hung out outside of 401 Games (tabletop game store in Toronto) or any Gamestop or EB Games location and asked men as they are leaving if they are gamer boys, or boy gamers. (I checked YouTube and have found no such video, but I found pages of videos about gamer girls and girl gamers). I bet the reactions would range from confused to amused about that ridiculous question. Yet, apparently if 'the internet' is right, any female gamer who knows anything will respond with: "I'm a girl gamer". Hmmmmm actually, I wounder if that's true. Man I wish (for just a moment) I had the kind of presence on the internet where I could say: "Hey internet I want a video comparing men and women responding to the question: Are you a gamer girl/boy or a girl/.boy gamer?" and within days/hours there would be tonnes of videos posted.
I bet Wil Wheaton could make it happen. That would be so cool.
What's my gamer identity you ask? Okay you didn't ask, but I'm gonna tell you anyway. I prefer computer games to consul, and RPG's to FPS's. I am a causal gamer that loves MMO's, and who really digs sandbox games (yeah I said that), and also enjoys variety of tabletop games like; Betrayal on Hill House, Chez Geek, and Descent. That's the kind of gamer I am.
Anyways, these report cards aren't gonna write themselves.