Today's Place: Grrlgamer.com
Ever read gaming magazines with guys that write in, "How to I get my girl to like videogames?" Ever wonder why the girl who plays videogames is such a "mythical creature"? Ever reflect on the magazines' suggestions that you should introduce her to Pokemon, the Sims and other games that are "girly" enough for them?
Ever get offended or put off by it?
Girl gamers do exist, and they don't sit around playing Barbie Horse Adventures on their Xbox. Yet, even with this in mind, they continue to be classified, segregated, or used as "bait" to attract more guy gamers to some venture (are you listening, UbiSoft? We know what the deal is with the "FragDolls"). Women can game just like men - and not just on simplified PopCap Games that you can download off the interwebs or Xbox Live Arcade.
Thank god, then, for Grrlgamer.com. The website's managing editor and PR coordinator, Didi Cardoso, puts it best:
Founded in 1997, Grrlgamer.com was the first website of its kind to offer a female perspective on computer and video gaming. The site offers a database-driven reviews section, editorials, strategy guides and a message board, where gaming news, fact sheets and press releases are posted daily.
Any menfolk misguided about what women's gaming habits are should take a gander at this site. You may be "surprised" to find out that the games they cover are familiar. You may be "surprised" to find out that they don't spend half of their columns talking about makeup and boys (I'm casting a menacing glare at the Microsoft and UbiSoft manufactured marketing campai- I mean "women clans" again). You may be "surprised" to find out that they love hardcore gaming as much as you do.
You shouldn't be surprised.
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