The reactions I get when I use my headset while playing first-person shooter are:
- The reaction I love is when other girls are playing online and start joining in the conversation.
- Another reaction I get is from guys trying to friend me because I am a female. This is sometimes good when it results in meeting a fellow player who is on my level, on the other hand it can be bad because if I don’t approve them they tend to jump in my games and then have it out for me the entire time.
- My least favorite reaction is when a male hears is my voice in the game and either starts hitting on me or assumes I automatically suck and start immaturely bullying me for everyone to hear.
The best solution is just to mute them!
I started playing video games my sophomore year of high school, I was about 15 years old. My very first boyfriend was a big gamer and played a lot of halo. That was the first first-person shooter game I ever played and loved it. I was immediately hooked and wanted to beat the game very badly, once I did I then jumped online. I was quickly discouraged when I couldn’t stay alive for more than five seconds. I didn’t give up, I played almost every day after school and eventually got better than the boys… including my boyfriend.
I continued to play Halo as new versions came out every few months over the next few years. When my long term high school boyfriend and I broke up I started playing less, eventually stopped playing altogether for about another three years.
Around the age of 21 I was once again introduced to the world of Xbox and played call of duty. Just like Halo I was hooked. I once again played as much as I could in between working and college. I quickly jumped the ranks and surpassed most my guy friends. I was even invited to join a couple clans, but knew I didn’t have time to train and be a beneficial team member.
So decided I’m going to talk about what it’s really like in the life of a girl gamer from my own personal experiences.
Liz Crawford is a technology and gaming enthusiast. She started Dungeon Dwellers to help express her geeky side. Aside from helping seniors and baby boomers during her 9-5 at a Medicare learning resource center, she enjoys blogging about upcoming tech news.