When I first started playing first person shooter games I stayed away from playing online. Everytime I tried I would get killed almost the second I would spawn into the game. After I played the game for a few months and beat it I felt I could try to play online again.
Of course, it took me a few times to be able to last long enough to run away from the place I spawned to on the map. I played regular multi-player for the first few months but I was annoyed that I would have to shoot someone a dozen times before they would die. That wasn’t realistic to me. Then I was introduced to Hardcore.
Hardcore multiplayer just means that you will die after being shot 1 or 2 times, making it more realistic. I was surprised to find out that most people considered hardcore more difficult than regular multiplayer. I found it to be easier and more fun.
At first I decided not to use my headset because every time I did it would attract too much attention. The idea of a girl playing hardcore was unheard of when I first started playing. Remember… I’m 26 so I’ve been playing for over 10 years. Girls were not playing nearly as much back then as they are now. Even today it’s still significantly less than guys, the majority of guys that play 24/7 end up with man boobs, check this source out.
Once I got pretty good and could stand my own ground if an immature guy decided they wanted to target me since I was a girl, I started using my headset. The more I used my headset the more fun I had and the more friends I made. This didn’t happen though until I was about 20, that’s when more girls started showing up online. I probably made about 7 friends that I would play consistently with online and even became friends with on social media. Meeting like minded people has definitely made my years of playing online much more enjoyable!