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A Perspective From a Pro Female Gamer 101

Via Kotaku, an article at the SF Gate website about the game industry's interest in female gamers, and said gamers' proficiency with aforementioned games. The Swedish 'Girlz of Destruction' pro gaming group is mentioned (much more legit than, say, calender models with console controllers), as is the 'Couples, Computers and Gaming' event at Ruby Skye in San Francisco. From the article: "Lee compares the rush she gets playing video games to her high school soccer matches, and said some women who don't play unfairly equate games with crime and violence. Lee added she's never fired a real gun in her life. She will return this winter to her student life at UC Berkeley, where she is studying environmental policy. Enderle said game developers are still male-dominated, and if game companies want to get serious about recruiting women to play games, they need to recruit women to help make the games as well."
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A Perspective From a Pro Female Gamer

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  • by WildBlue ( 787351 ) on Monday November 13, 2006 @12:53PM (#16824866)
    138,385,532 replies with: "Got Pics?"
  • by mdarksbane ( 587589 ) on Monday November 13, 2006 @12:58PM (#16824956)

    The problem isn't that engineers don't like women, it's that women don't like engineers.

    Or as the few girls in my freshman engineering classes used to put it, "The odds are good... but the goods are odd."
  • by Pfhorrest ( 545131 ) on Monday November 13, 2006 @01:19PM (#16825240) Homepage Journal
    I think most gamers are pro-female. The more the merrier :-)

    Though I'm sure there's a few woman-haters out there...
  • Pro Gamers? (Score:2, Funny)

    by eno2001 ( 527078 ) on Monday November 13, 2006 @01:23PM (#16825290) Homepage Journal
    What the hell is this world coming to? Professional gaming? You've GOT to be kidding me. It used to be that at one point in time, the things that were professional implied some kind of useful skill. Things like, oh... being a doctor, a scientist, an engineer. Those sorts of things. Then the term got extended a bit to recreational activities, but they still needed useful skills. Things like, oh... chess and various REAL sports (I exclude golf) which required mental and physical accumen. But now we have "professional gaming"? And this likely applies to first person shooters and MMORPGs... So let's see... what skills do these games entail?

    FPS: The ability to click fast and move a mouse on a surface or worse, utilize a joypad controller. Other than excelling in clerical work thanks to the mouse skills, how is this useful?

    MMORPG: This is like "professional breathing competitions". Only lamer. The only things that MMORPGs seem to encourage are greed and isolation. REALLY useful there. I suppose if you're a eTrade jockey it just makes you feel better or something.

    God, I hate what the world has become. I had so much hope that people would get smarter and that technology would augment that increase in intelligence to the point where we would eventually become the perfect hybrids of humans and machines. Instead, the majority of the populace are a bunch of preening idiots worried about how "phat" they are. I think we'd be better off if the majority of the less mentally equipped would just fade away.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday November 13, 2006 @01:51PM (#16825706)
    You forgot...

    RTS: Real Time Strategy.

    You know, like Chess (your example) only it's not restricted to turn-based play and offers more flexibility.

    But I can see why you didn't include RTS - doing so would undermine your argument.
  • by _Sprocket_ ( 42527 ) on Monday November 13, 2006 @02:15PM (#16826082)
    Cute. Just for giggles - do one now about "real" sports.
  • by antdude ( 79039 ) on Monday November 13, 2006 @03:37PM (#16827316) Homepage Journal
    or videos. ;)

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