Well this is a topic that I’m sure much of the internet is very sensitive about. You see, people have created some kind of divide between guys and girls in gaming. There are plenty of people (all of them less sleepy than myself) who think that girls shouldn’t play games, and that any girl in an Xbox Live party is just an attention-whore who is using her boyfriend’s console to flirt with people. Well, if you’re one of the people who think that, this article is for you. Not because I agree with you. Wrong website, bud. Too late to leave; I’m already holding your porn folder hostage until you read what I have to say.
Let’s take a look at what a fake gamer girl is. These are fake gamer girls. If what people are ranting about exists in any shape or form, it’s that. And you know what? It’s not a problem. Those are actresses. They pretend to be something they aren’t and get a paycheck. Did you know that there is a whole multi-billion dollar industry based around that premise? I for one had no idea until today.
Now that we have that out of the way, let’s get on to who the internet views as the fake gamer girl. The general description is a girl who pretends to like games just so they can get the attention of guys. I hope I’m not the only one who sees how flawed this is. Let’s make this a hypothetical scenario. We have a very nice-looking girl who from now on I will refer to as “Zooey Deschanel”, named after the robot conceived by the collective subconscious of the internet. It helps if you imagine she looks like her too. Assume for a second that she does want your attention. Why does she need to play a game she doesn’t really enjoy to do it? She is Zooey Deschanel. She likely makes a nice sum every month selling the engagement rings she finds in her mailbox. Well if she isn’t playing to flirt with you, then why in the world would she be playing in the first place. Brace yourself, because the answer is pretty shocking. She genuinely enjoys the game. Contrary to popular belief, women have interests totally unrelated to penis.
Many trolls will try to argue this argument falls apart if you imagine that Zooey is extremely unattractive and can’t get a boyfriend in real life. My response to that is usually just making fun of their neckbeards (if no one saw that I just subtly made a point about stereotyping people on the internet then I’ve failed as a writer).
Listen guys, we’re all big kids old enough to realize that hobbies are no longer divided by gender. Unless you’re one of the boys from The Little Rascals then it isn’t cute anymore to put a “No girls allowed” sign outside your clubhouse. Women make up a huge chunk of the gaming community. In 2010 we were up to 40% of gamers being girls. This is nothing to be afraid of. We should be celebrating the fact that more people are joining our culture. There’s no way we can stop being viewed as a bunch of childish sociopaths if we keep biting off the head of every girl who picks up a controller. So if you see a girl playing a game, don’t say “tits or GTFO”. Just awkwardly say nothing exactly how you do when there’s only guys around.
The featured picture for this article came from Living With Gamer Girl and Hipster Girl.