Just a mini rebuttal to a few points. I’ll do a full in depth rebuttal later.
Now, I was on deviantArt, and I saw somebody write up a post that said the above: “most girl gamers do suck” then added this:
DO NOT TAKE THIS AS A PERSONAL FUCKING ATTACK ALRIGHT? NO WHERE DOES IT SAY ’ALL GIRL GAMERS SUCK’ I myself am a girl, but its sad to see how many ‘girl gamers’ cant play real video games. Playing 'Hello Kitty Roller Coaster Rescue’ DOES NOT MAKE YOU A GAMER. Playing 'Sims’ DOES NOT MAKE YOU A GAMER. Playing 'Kitten Rescue Shelter’ DOES NOT MAKE YOU A GAMER. Playing 'Harvest Moon : Magical Melody/A Wonderful Life’ DOES NOT MAKE YOU A GAMER. Playing 'Animal Crossing’ DOES NOT MAKE YOU A GAMER. Playing 'Tetris’ DOES NOT MAKE YOU A GAMER. Playing 'Angry Birds’ DOES NOT MAKE YOU A GAMER. Alright? Do you GET IT?! PLAYING THESE GAMES IS FINE, BUT DONT START CALLING YOURSELF A GAMER FROM THEM. HALF THE TIME, WHEN YOU GET IN A REAL GAME, YOUR LIKE 'Oh man… how do you shoot?’ 'How do you look up?’ 'How are you jumping?’ 'What does that white pack with the red X do?’
So, a few things to consider:
1) Even while acknowledging that you do not make an absolute statement with “All”, you still cannot conclusively say “most.” Not unless you have some hard statistics to back that up. You know what would make this stronger? BEING MORE FUCKING SPECIFIC. For example, “Most girls who play claim to be gamers, but play casually, are not gamers.” See how much more specific that is compared to the more general umbrella statement (that’s not supported by the way) of “Most girl gamers DO suck.” You can’t think that the female gamer group, the one who actively play games, are suddenly the minority out of nowhere, because I really doubt that girls who game are, and thinking that we’re the minority within the female gaming community is like saying “Look at me, I’m a girl and I play games seriously like a speshul snowflake!” THAT’S EXACTLY LIKE WHAT THE “GURL GAMERS!!1” WHO SAY THEY GAME FOR ATTENTION ARE DOING.
2) Those are all video games. All of the titles listed there. Are. Video Games. They fit the definition of video games. Now, what can I easily see reading that paragraph? They don’t fit YOUR definition of video games. And sure, you can argue their validity, but it’s ultimately YOUR IDEA OF WHAT VIDEO GAMES SHOULD BE. You don’t think a game like The Sims is a game because it doesn’t involve something like shooting a gun, or getting from point X to point Z in a narrative because The Sims doesn’t have those kind of gameplay mechanics. But it still has GAMEPLAY MECHANICS. Same with Hello Kitty. And Animal Crossing. And Angry Birds. Players can interact with them, and get feedback in the game. Just because they don’t involve narratives, and seem “childish”, doesn’t automatically disqualifies it as a video game. Going by that kind of logic, strategy games like Age of Empires or Starcraft, or MMORPGS or MOBAs like WoW and League of Legends wouldn’t count as games.
Then there is the question of is it a good game? That depends on the type of game, but you know what best fits these games? THE LABEL CASUAL. Being a gamer is just playing a game and enjoying it, but being a serious gamer (as the writer insinuates with her writing) is much closer to what the writer is saying. The problem is that she is trying to take that and place it onto the rest of the gaming market, and that discredits the casual gamers who do play games.
And playing Tetris doesn’t make you a gamer? So all the people who played with the Odyssey, the Commodore 64, and Atari 2400 systems, with games that were the same level as Tetris with no narrative, no fancy graphics, and only a single objective and gameplay mechanic, they automatically are discredited as gamers because they played Tetris, Pong, and games just like it? The people who grew up with these games also went on to create the games we all enjoy today.
3) Questions like “How do you shoot?”, “How do you jump?”, etc. are VALID QUESTIONS if you are experiencing a game for the first time, especially an entirely new game genre, or a game that has different controls to another game of the same genre. COD’s button scheme, aside from the right trigger being shoot, is different from Halo’s because each button does a different thing for a different reason in the games. Try jumping into a game without knowing the controls and you’d ask the same questions. The reasons tutorial missions that are integrated into the narrative or its own actual mission exists are to teach gamers how to play the game that they popped into their console or downloaded from their PC. There are some games who don’t do that, but it’s rare and depends (and even then, there’d be something to help you out - for example, Killing Floor has no tutorial mission or integrated tutorials into the gameplay, but there are tutorial tips for the buttons to press on the screen all the time).
Yes, there are girls who say they play games just to attract attention. They do discredit those who are female and play games. But they don’t define a group, and they definitely are not the majority of the group. I have a problem with the statement “Most girl gamers DO suck”, and I happen to be one of those girl gamers who are in the “minority” category that the writer believes she is in. Some people game casually, some people game more seriously, and we all happen to be women. So why the fuck can’t we enjoy games as gamers instead of having to generalize in a vaguely written argument that lumps a majority of female gamers into that description that really applies to a minority in a derogatory way?
“That tru gamer gurl feeling, when ur a gurl that games” -Chiaki Nanami at some point probably
My love for Chiaki knows no limits so I did my best and tried to draw her for her birthday :’) I’m a total beginner when it comes to digital art so I appreciate constructive criticism (just please… don’t zoom in) It’s also the first thing I post on here… oh wow
me, using a (clean & thoroughly de-static’d!) makeup brush to dust computer fans, talking to raya earlier: “i feel like this is some prime eat-a-playstation-controller-level Gurl Gamer Aesthetic Content.”