Tara Voelker's thoughts. A lot about video games, a little about life
Being a Girl Gamer – FAQ
Alright, this is simply me answering the questions that I get asked most as a girl gamer.
What is it like being a girl in the game industry? Normal? I get asked this a lot and honestly I’m not sure what people expect to hear. It’s not too different than being a guy in the industy I would suppose. I mean, I was told that my shorts were “distracting” once and was requested to change… but other that that, there is no difference that I can see. I don’t have any special perks or anything Ii do the same work that guys do, have most of the same opinions they do… I say “your mom” and “That’s what she said,” at inappropriate times like men do. I don’t feel like I’m being held down by “the man” or like I don’t have the same opportunities if that’s what you mean.
What’s it like playing on Xbox Live since your a girl? I normally don’t have too many things on Xbox Live occur that are related to/ because of my gender. There are the occasional “Are you hot?” or “Dude awesome ! There is a girl, OMG!” but it’s not too bad. There was one time when I was hit on while playing Left 4 Dead… I think I might just start telling everyone that I weigh 225. The only thing that can bother me as a girl playing online is the pressure do well. It’s not pressure I have from my friends, but people I am randomly matched with. These people aren’t saying that I must be super l33t and have all head shots or something, but the first time I make a mistake (that anyone could make) it tends to be… “Awe dude, I knew having a girl on our team would hurt us…” or something like that.
Are you hot? Not really, but thanks for asking.
Do you have a Facebook/Myspace? Dude, can we just play? Xbox Live is not a dating site. I weigh 225 anyway… you don’t want to see pictures of me.
Do you have an advantage being a girl in the game industry? Well, there hasn’t been for me yet, but my counselor at school said that it could come in handy. He said that I would be more memorable because I would be the odd ball. We’ll have to wait and see on that one.
Is it ever overwhelming to be in such a male dominated industry? No. I always had a lot of friends that were guys. Plus, I went to school for biochem which a very male dominated area, too. It’s just something I have grown accustomed to.
Are you taken? Yeah, thanks.
How would you describe the the typical gamer girl? Gamer girl… girl being the noun and gamer being the adjective….
*Takes a deep breath*
Well, the self proclaimed “gamer girl” is a attention whore who will do anything to have her next boyfriend prospect think she’s cool. She will write poorly written articles on some shitty review site that has the letter ‘Z’ in the site name. In addition, she will be sure to mention she is a girl CONSTANTLY and post pictures of herself in pig tails on her bio page.
One the other hand there are girl gamers, gamer being the noun and the adjective being girl which describes the gamer. The typical girl gamer is a gamer …who happens to be a girl. We’re normal people who have jobs and go to school and don’t use our sex to get attention of 15 minutes of fame.
How did you get into video games? I always had a console, as long as I can remember. I spent most of my childhood playing Zelda or Sonic. I don’t really count that as being into games though… I never wanted more games or anything.. I was fine with the few that I had. I was pretty young anyway. I really became hooked on video games when… okay, this may sound funny… when pizza hut demo disks for Playstation came out. I was able to try a little of everything and loved it. I stayed active in video games because of one of my brothers. He was the closest to in me in age so I spent most of my time hanging out with him. He liked video games, so we played them together and I grew to love them 🙂