The Myth of the Myth of Gamer Girls
Gamer girls. Are they a tantalizing myth created by videogame marketing companies to keep us all hooked to online play in the vain hope that one of those gorgeous metal-bra clad warrior elves actually has a real-life girl on the other end of the ludicrously complicated macro setup? Perhaps they only exist out there as auto-aim-despising sirens of beguiling beauty, strewn across the wave-lapped rocky outcrops with Xbox 360 controllers and finely honed twitch reflexes?
Of course, the idea that gamer girls are some kind of myth is of course, itself a myth. There are indeed gamer girls out there, even though it’s sometimes difficult to believe. It’s even more difficult to believe that there might be one with all of the other necessary stability with which to form some kind of a successful relationship. The idea of securing even a brief moment of respite from the nagging better half amidst a solid 12 hour gaming session is a heavenly idea in itself.
The notion of sitting down and actively enjoying extended gaming sessions with our partners is almost too much for the average fragile male intellect to withstand. Let’s take a look at the current situation with girl gamers around the world to determine how to land one in the future.
Los Angeles Girl Scouts Create Game Development Badge
It might sound like a bad pun, but it’s actually true. The Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles (GSGLA) created a game development badge in partnership with Women in Games International (WIGI), a very awesome collective of professional women in the gaming industry. The organization has a very cool tagline of “your parents were wrong, do what you love” and the vice president told journalists that the badge was to “get young girls excited in technology and science and let them know that they, too, can have a career in the video game industry.” Kudos.
In addition to being generally awesome, the news demonstrates the fact that it is generally accepted there are less gamer girls in the industry and initiatives are in place to do something about it.
Anyone who thought a professional girl gamer might be some kind of token attraction to the main event would be sorely mistaken. Very sorely mistaken in fact, and match up may well see you not coming away with your male pride intact.
On the subject of sirens of unimaginable beauty, Linda “Pikachu” Liao, a professional StarCraft II player who counts Razer amongst her sponsors list and averages around 220 actions per minute enjoys 10 hours straight practice sessions on the weekends. The number of StarCraft II Grand Masters in the world is in the low thousands and only a tiny percentage of these are women. Anyone who’s played this game will be familiar just how unimaginably difficult it is to get anywhere near Grand Master.
Can We Expect More Female Gamers in the Future?
In short, the answer is: probably. Hopefully. In some countries, the female gamer contingencies actually represent a significant percentage such as Australia where the ratio is reported to be as high as 41% women. Depending on where you look, research demonstrates that games such as Diablo 3, World of Warcraft, The Sims and casual and mobile gaming tends to have a larger percentage of female gamers than the average first person shooter.
Preferences aside however, organizations such as WIGI and initiatives launched to help break down any stereotyping which girl gamers may feel pressured by will only help to further even out the ratios in the future. Our fingers are crossed. We can only hope this trend sparks future marriages of monogamous gaming harmony. It’s no secret that gamer girls are in high demand and many “guy’s mag” publications such as Maxim regularly capitalize on this.