Gamer Girl & Proud

There are lots of stereotypes in the world. I’m proud to be a “gamer girl”; if we must label it. But what annoys me, is that people assume I either play terribly or only play certain games because I’m fairly “girly”.

I’m “girlier” than some; being obsessed with makeup and beauty. But I also play games every single day. I have done most my life. I grew up with consoles, and have had pretty much all of them – Sega, Nintendo 64, PS1, PS2, PS3, Xbox 360, and I started playing on PC over the last 2 years.

What really got me into gaming, between the ages of 12-18, was Call of Duty. Especially CoD Modern Warfare 2, that was the best one. I got pretty good at it, and played online on Xbox Live Gold with my friends from school, and I found myself being invited to groups to play with people I never really spoke to, because I was a good addition to the team.

Back then I was somewhat “emo” I suppose, and all my friends were boys. But as I’ve gotten older, I’ve changed a lot. I look very different to what I used to look like. I even act different, since my personality has grown with me. 

One thing that hasn’t changed, is my love for gaming. I’m a highly professional Pre-School Deputy Manager (at least I was until I stopped working last month), at the age of 24, and I still go home, get into some cosy pyjama’s and play games all night.

I play games almost every single day. At the moment, I’m obsessed with World of Warcraft and Overwatch. And yeah, I’m pretty good at them. And no, it doesn’t make me “sad” or “lonely” if I play games. I have online friends, just like lots of other communities do online. Quite a few of my friends in real life play with me too.

And no, just because I’m a girl, I don’t only play heal. I’m pretty good at dps and tanking…

Playing games with my boyfriend is one hobby we do together, and It’s a great way for us to spend some time as a couple; doing something we both enjoy. It was actually Eric that introduced me to playing games on the PC.

I ended up creating my own custom-built PC – yes, I know how to take apart and put a computer together as well, right down to the motherboard and CPU.

I like how competitive games can be too, and the sense of achievement when you go up in level or ranking. I like how friends and communities come together to help each other level or rank up, and to celebrate each other’s achievements. One day I would absolutely love to attend Blizzcon… one day.

Not only that but games can have some really beautiful aesthetics, as well as brilliant storytelling and cinematic cut scenes. Just look at games like Rise of the Tomb Raider, The Last of Us, and Uncharted. It’s like being immersed into a movie. They can be a brilliant stress relief. They’ve been particularly helpful with my Generalised Anxiety Disorder, and helping me have some down time away from the real world.

I like merging my love of makeup and fashion with games through cosplay. I plan on dressing as Widowmaker from Overwatch for this year’s Comic-Con at Newcastle. And it’s another way for me to practice my creativity using my interest and love of gaming.

Yes, I am proud to be a “gamer girl”. Games makes me happy. Games found me online friends. Games brought my real-life friends, and my boyfriend and I, closer together. Games help with my anxiety.

It doesn’t mean I should be labelled into a particular group, or that I have nothing better to do than play games. I just wanted to share some thoughts on this because my personal experience with what others “think” of gaming hasn’t been to great. Honestly, I’d recommend it to others – you might really enjoy it! 

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