By Lara Salomon for Imaginet
I do not consider myself to be a gaming expert in any way shape or form, but I do consider myself to be a gamer. And that surprises some people.
It’s the same kind of surprise that one of my friends experienced back when I was living in a residence at University. I used to have a cork wall board covered in images that I found beautiful and inspiring, and one day a friend who had never been into my room before stepped into it and took a step back. She blinked a few times as though blinded by a bright light, before announcing, “I never knew you were such a girly girl!”
It’s the kind of surprise that comes from someone thinking that you are completely “normal” and then finding out that, oh my, you are a girly girl or gamer chick or sleep without any clothes on. Not that I do, but I imagine that the reaction would be about the same.
Society has an idea of what a gamer chick should look it, and only certain girls or, more correctly, certain women fit into that range. At the same time, society has an idea of what a girly girl should look like. And somehow, the two never really seem to cross. It is rare to find someone who is seen as a girly girl sitting in front of her PC for 18 hours straight playing Portal. Or so people seem to think.
It surprises people because I look so “normal”. I do not pay more attention to my looks than is necessary – I try to look nice, but am not too concerned with fussing over makeup or making sure that every hair is in place because, when you have curls like mine, that is never going to happen! While I spend my entire day in front of a computer at work, it doesn’t enter peoples minds that I may go home and continue to spend the evening there playing whatever game suits my fancy.
But I am a girly gamer woman none-the-less. My favourite colour is purple (with pink coming a close second) and I like bubbles and kittens and, occasionally, makeup. I am in touch with my feminine side and I love that about myself. At the same time, I am a casual gamer. I was addicted to World of Warcraft for a good few years and League of Legends for a good few months. When I buy a computer or laptop, one of the first questions that I ask myself is whether I will be able to game on it, and that’s a deciding factor.
So you can try to put me into the box of girly girl or gamer chick or normal, but the fact is that I just won’t fit, no matter how much you try to push me in. There is too much to me for it all to be contained in one little box. Whether that makes me a gamer or lamer, that’s your choice. To me, I’m just myself. Deal with that however you like.
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