|I am a gaming girl! I love FPS and RPGs!! I got into gaming because of my brother, with games like Counterstrike and 007 Goldeneye, quite a few years ago. Until I got the 360, the N64 was the last system I played.
So, I have been playing on LIVE now for quite a few months. I started playing my 360 back in the December '07 time frame and have been playing since then.
My first 360 game I played was COD4 (which I didn't play until 4/08 as I tried out several original XBOX games ... such as Fable ... first)! Well, I got really excited and was keen to try out the multiplayer (after having beat the campaign) ... get online, turn on my mike for the first time, speak .... and it all went downhill from there! I was immediately harassed/put down upon and scorned for being a girl on LIVE! (mind you, this was THE first time I had ever played online ... I had not played any other online games/systems/etc prior to this). Needless to say, it took me aback!
I turned off my mike, continued to play on LIVE as a Noob who was just really bad at the game, but no longer was I personally put down upon because of my gender. I never did run into any other girls during that time of playing (or not that I knew of). So I had no other comparison at the time.
It went on like that for a several weeks, me the anonymous player (the one you see without a mike) until I finally came across the COD4 thread on CAG. I had been a member of CAG since 11/07 but had been looking for my TV/360/HD's up to that point and ghosted the forums, but had not looked into any of the specific gaming threads/etc (didn't even realize they existed). Well, I sent a post to the group which went:
"So, I'm really new to the world of online gaming with the 360 (just got live recently) and have JUST started playing COD4 in the last couple weeks. I don't suppose that there's a CAG beginner group out there for people that are really bad and die a lot?? "
There was an immediate response from the group, all encouraging, offering help, etc. I was a bit concerned that when they found out I was a girl, the initial put downs/etc. would come, so I admitted to it straight away, but there were no negative responses! So either I added him or he added me, (never did the friend's list thing before this), and was invited by one of the guys to play one night and joined in. Turned on my mike for the first time in several weeks, which is good because I like to talk ! Needless to say, it was a COMPLETELY different experience!! Although I'd been playing it for only several weeks and was pretty aweful (still not great at it), it was SO much fun and a completely different experience. There was no harrassment/put downs/critisism (well, not most of the time ) from these guys from CAG! After that, I had several of them on my friends list and looked forward to playing on LIVE!
On that note, I have met many people on LIVE since. I have learned that the guys you meet on LIVE can be categorized in four ways: the ones who flirt/the ones who put you down immediately for being a girl/the ones who are normal (and must have actually MET a girl in real life)/and the ones who just don't care! I have come across all of these on many occasions and have had to do more "block communications"/mute than I could ever hope to count. I get friend requests multiple times a night, and have been "stalked" online on more than one occasion (just because I talk) ... ... but through it all, I have been playing with an amazing group of people who support, encourage, and fend off the crazy people (and occasionally harrass me ), and of course, shoot me/knife me/blow me up and saw me to death ! I am now able to talk freely (and boy do I ... ).
So I would just like to thank CAG and the community for being there and providing such an amazing experience I never expected to have on LIVE (after that first game...)!
And just a note to any guy who may have read this all the way through: Just be normal when a girl is on LIVE. I know it's difficult, but we just want to have fun and shoot people too!