Posted at 10:06 AM Sep 01, 2008
By Bonnie Ruberg
It's Monday, and the 2008 Penny Arcade Expo is officially over. That means I've lived through dozens on video game demos, swarms of unbathed fanboys, and, as of yesterday morning, a panel on "How to get your girlfriend into gaming." As a girl who's obviously already into games, that last one left me with more mixed feelings than hanging out in a room of funky-smelling tabletop roleplayers.
While the idea of getting more women into video games -- a field that's definitely male-dominated and comes with a lot of stigmas for girls -- is a good one, there's something so condescending about plotting how to bring a female into the fold as if she had no will of her own. The conversation tends to go, "What kind of game can I innocently introduce to my girlfriend so that she'll get instantly addicted?"
Also, girl gamers en masse tend to acquire a "You go, sister!" attitude. Sure, it's nice to see women playing together, but the number of men at yesterday's panel who were recommended to send their girlfriends to a female gaming clan so they could "join the sisterhood"... It makes me shudder. But what do you think, Heartless Doll readers? Are you interested in gaming but just too scared you'll look like a dork to try?