I see posts all of the time about gender and gaming. Ya’ll who say that “girls don’t game” need to hush and listen for a moment.
This is my Mimal. She’s my BFF. These pictures were taken last summer, they’re of her playing the Nintendo Entertainment System that she bought when it came out and was being popularized in America. She was a stay at home mom and she thought that this gaming system would be awesome for her family (my Pipaw, my Uncle Joey, and my Mom) at night when they had game time. She used to play during the day when her kids were at school. She used to play Tetris (which, as a result of, my Mom is wicked at) and other games for this system. I
This is her, at 62, kicking MY ass at Super Mario Bros. When I was growing up I’d go to her house, eat SpaghettiOs and play this same game. I couldn’t beat the castle worlds. She did it for me. She taught me the places where I could find hidden 1UPs, world jumps, and stars. When I was young she patiently waited as I learned the mechanics of the game. When I got older she gave me guidance on the finer skills, like not jumping off a ledge. Mimal can find the turtle on the stairs and get like a bazillion extra lives. It’s crazy.
So, I’ve ranted that she’s good at the game but I would like to make one thing clear. She has fun when she’s playing this game. To her, it meant family time, alone/decompression time, and a challenge for her to explore and conquer. She’s a gamer because she likes to game.
This woman is a gamer. This woman is my Mimal. So if you think that women can’t be gamers you just think on the fact that she’s been beating Bowser’s ass for two generations. And she’s been loving every minute of it.
swapcats has a really good point and that’s one of the reasons the armor disparity in GW2 specifically bugs me so much.
We have this world where we’ve been told repeatedly that only the bad guys are misogynist and gender roles really do not matter much. We have an entire race made up of people who don’t even canonically recognize differences between genders. But when we go to customize our characters, we find that they’re very strictly limited to designs which are marked as either “male” or “female.” And oddly enough, most of the female designs are frilly and sexy while the male designs run the gauntlet from badass to bland (bland on light armor mostly, where the designers don’t seem to be able to find any inspiration for a man not wearing full gritty armor).
Of all the games I hate to see wedded to the idea of “male” vs. “female” armor sets and customization options, it’s this one, where the developers have openly and unapologetically broken boundaries in a lot of other ways.
One of the first things I noticed about Guild Wars 2, back when I was running around during beta, having never played an MMO before, was the sheer number of female characters in positions of power. It says a lot that I didn’t expect representation of the sort, let alone such on such equal footing—it just wasn’t something I’d seen in games before.
I think that somehow makes it all the more disappointing. We have this world where women are soldiers and leaders and gladium, and no one other than the Bad Guys so much as mentions it, and then the armour is—well, it’s all male-gaze bullshit. In the majority of cases, the male version of the armour is the armour; female versions are just chopped-apart versions thereof, and that’s how they look if you’re lucky. Women can’t just wear a shirt; it has to have fishnets slapped on it. Women can’t wear plate armour; we need to see their thighs, and god forbid anyone forget that these women have tits. Helms that cover the faces of men? Nope, afraid we have to completely redesign with a gaping hole in the front.
Now, I am all for fun, fantasy armour. Armour in videogames doesn’t have to make sense! But what people need to understand is that fantasy armour and armour created for the benefit of the male-gaze aren’t the same thing.
(And for a race that supposedly doesn’t care about gender, it’s odd that literally every aspect of the sylvari’s design has been created to reinforce binary presentation.)
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is the megaserver affecting main cities by any chance?
b/c things have been way too lively in SF now like
Yep, it’s in some of them! Here’s a list of all the maps that got served.
When you start up a new MMO thats been around for more then a week.
THE FEATURE PATCH IS GETTING CLOSER
Our waiting and anticipation for Lord of the Rings Online’s (LOTRO) new class announcement has finally come to an end. Minutes ago, LOTRO Executive Producer, Aaron Cambell, revealed the new class in a letter to game fans. Get ready to get your bear on and become a Beorning!
OH MY GOD
THIS IS A HUGE FUCKING DEAL OH MY GOD
After the release of the Feature Pack tomorrow, you’ve got just one day to pick up your five free Charges!