Having tits doesn’t make me a n00b.
Sure they’re nice — I mean, even straight chicks and gay dudes appreciate a good set of tits — but I feel like an adequate gamer most of the time. Sure, I may not always be perfectly up to date with every franchise in existence, but I keep up where it counts. I was at the midnight release of Halo: Reach, I preordered both Crisis Core and Kingdom Hearts 3D, and I can probably kick your ass in Battlefield 3. Probably. On a good day.
See, there’s this stereotype of female gamers that goes something like this:
“Oh, she has tits. That must mean she’s horrible at this game. Girls don’t like videogames! Girls only pretend to play videogames because they’re whores! She’s just trying to get male attention!”
You get the drift.
Unfortunately, there’s some truth to some of this. I mean, there are a lot of undereducated females who use videogames to get male attention when the most they’ve really only been exposed to something like Mario Party, and they were probably sixteen and drunk at a house party at the time. Lots of girls talk about videogames when they don’t really have any business talking about videogames.
Anyone watch North American Star League (NASL) last year? You know, where they hired Lindsey Sporrer (who clearly had no idea what she was talking about) to run commentary on StarCraft? She famously asked Day if he would have the honor of teaching her to play StarCraft. At the StarCraft tournament. Where she was supposed to be giving commentary on what was going on. In a game she had never played before.
And this is one of the reasons gamer girls get such a bad rap. It has nothing to do with gamer girls being whores, or not being willing to play video games. It has nothing to do with not being willing to stay up all night saving Lady Zelda–or even that Zelda isn’t a dude. It’s the culture of booth babes, models, and otherwise obviously gamer-uneducated women being objectified for their bodies for the sake of making a buck. Should Lindsey Sporrer have been hired to telecast? Absolutely not. Is it because she’s a woman? Absolutely not. It’s because she obviously was hired for the sake of being an attractive model and not for being passionate or even knowledgeable about the subject she was hired to report on.
This is why we can’t have nice things, people. This is why everyone assumes that every person with female genitalia pretends to be interested in video games in order to gain male attention.
Okay, so I’m really better at Puzzle Fighter than Battlefield, and as far as games go, Dance Dance Revolution is generally more my thing. But that doesn’t make me a n00b. I’m good at what I do. Hell, I like what I do enough to compete. I love the games I play enough to keep playing them, and that’s really all that matters.
And no, you may not have a photo of my tits. But here’s one of Lindsey Sporrer in her underwear as a consolation prize. You’re welcome.