My personal experience with video games doesn’t really extend very far beyond playing Tony Hawk Pro Skater 4 (with a ton of cheat codes) and hurting my arm playing on a family friend’s Wii’s tennis. Nevertheless, I am savvy enough to know that there are a ton of girls and young women out there who love gaming. I’m also savvy enough to know that there is a lot of awfulness when it comes to girls who game.
Some girls think there is some sort of hierarchy of gaming, in which some girls who are too feminine or don’t play certain games are just a bunch of posers. Yuck, talk about internalized misogyny. But what bothers me the most is the fact that so many guys seem to think that gaming isn’t a girl thing at all and that the entire video game industry is only catered to them. Uh, newsflash, half of all gamers are ladies. And I’m pretty sure that half of them also don’t like the rampant sexism that occurs in the gamerverse.
As rage inducing as that is, misogyny isn’t stopping gamer girls from making themselves known and being awesome influences. Here’s a roundup of a few cool ladies of the gamerverse that we thought you should know about.
AtomicMariAtomicMari has a lot going for her. She's the host of Smosh Pit Weekly and Super Mari Fun Time, she's a professional ballerina and she's a big ol' geek who defies the stupid idea that femininity and gaming can't go hand in hand. Photo Source: Instagram
Aisha TylerAisha Tyler got a lot of flack when she was set to present at Ubisoft's E3 conference last year, because apparently black female actresses who game cannot possibly exist. How did she handle it? Um, by pretty much showin everybody who's boss. She wrote a massive post on Facebook calling out everyone who doubted ever doubted her gamer cred. Reading it makes me want to snap my fingers in a z-for-ma-tion, that's for sure.Credit: Dan Jackman/WENN.com
Felicia DayActress Felicia Day is the creator of The Guild, an award winning webseries about a group of gamers, and Geek & Sundry, a YouTube channel full of geeky programs. It's been a long way from Buffy, but Felicia is workin' it.Photo Source: Streamy Awards
Anita SarkeesianAnita of Feminist Frequency pissed off all the worst gamer dudes in the history of gamer dudes when she called out the video game industry's obsession with the "damsel in distress" trope. Her basic observational skills resulted in death threats, calls for her to be raped and oodles of photo manips of her face beaten to a pulp. But that hasn't stopped Anita from talking or highlighting the rampant sexism in the gamer world.
Emily GordonEmily is one half of The Indoor Kids, a podcast that claims to not only discuss video games, but it also "isn't not about video games" either. If your head is spinning, no worries, it took me a second as well. Anyway, check em out if you want to listen to a funny podcast about video games that doesn't totally ignore the fact that chicks exist.
The Frag DollsSo what's cooler than competitive female video game players who wear cool outfits? How about competitive female video game players who wear cool outfits and are all getting women more invested in the video game industry? That's what The Frag Dolls do, and we think they're pretty dope for it.Photo Source: Instagram
Are you a gamer? Have you experienced sexism as a female gamer? Who are some other awesome female gamers that we get familiar with? Tell us in the comments!