Posted 11 April 2012 - 12:27 AM
ok i'll be real for a minute
I know a bunch of girls that play games. I don't know how it happened, I'm not a very social person, but whatever.
-If you're hot, you're hot
Physically attractive girls are physically attractive no matter where they go. If they pick up a controller, they're hot gamer girls. If they pick up a book, they're sexy librarians or whatever. If they like to spend their Friday nights watching movies, they're sexy "girl-next-door" types. It really doesn't matter what they do. They just do it.
Some people think that mediocre girls become extra hot when they step into the world of games. This is partially true. People love hooking up in their social circles, it's how they meet new people. The ratio is generally skewed in favor of guys so it's a natural result. Still, go to a big anime convention or a European games festival, there are people hooking up everywhere, and there are many attractive girls there.
There also a lot of hot girls that abuse their hotness regardless of where they go. Again, not exclusive to the gaming scene.
-For competitive gamers, skill is still the most important
When I think about the girls that enter competitive games, the ones that flameout don't do so because of the tough guys there, but because they suck at the game and don't really get better. The ones that stay and constantly and improve are still there. This is no different from guys; there are tons and tons of flameouts who aren't there, but like I said, ratio. They don't need thick skin or whatever. They just need to keep competing.
I know a girl who thought she was the shit at Tetris. I put her in her place. I then introduced her to the competitive Tetris community and now I can't take a game off of her.
Although hot girls get free passes every once in a while, if they can't hang they get tossed out. TossGirl, a professional Starcraft BW player in Korea, was shoehorned into the "hot girl" while also being the best of the female players, pretty much lost all her fans because she isn't good enough to play in the team tournaments and hasn't been able to make it to the televised rounds of the individual tournaments.
Bottom line, in the competitive scene if you're good, you'll get respect; if not, you don't get any.
-And really, gaming doesn't matter
When I started off in the DDR community I met a ton of people from all walks of life. A lot of assumed that, hey, we're into DDR! We'll be good buddies! That didn't turn out to be case... a lot. However, some people, both girls and guys, I became good friends with just because we had good chemistry. A lot of us stopped playing DDR 2, 3 years later but we still kept hanging out. Some people hooked up. (Some people broke up and there was lots of typical drama, haha.)
I think the turning point for our scene was when we decided to forgo the arcade one day and play a rousing game of basketball.
I guess, in short:
-Girls who play games shouldn't be put on a pedestal, they're just people
-Hotness (and the advantages and disadvantages) is absolute no matter what the scene
-Girls are respected for their gaming skills when they're good at it
-Shared hobbies mean nothing as far as chemistry and personality
ok back to trolling
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