MacNN on Women in Gaming
2:41 PM | Tom Bridge | Comment on this story
As the gaming world grows, so does the diversity of those who play the games. As various gaming statistics and surveys of the past few months have shown, women comprise an ever-larger part of the gaming audience, and are not restricted to card and trivia games. games.macnn.com has put together an interview with several gamers who happen to be female discussing what it is like to be a pioneer in the male-dominated world of 'hardcore' gaming. Here is an excerpt that reveals a hidden advantage to countering the gaming gender bias:
games.macnn.com: Ok, scenario: a teenage girl sees a CPL (Cyberathlete Professional League, a series of sponsored events offering large cash prizes) tournament at a Babbage's. There are several first-person shooter games going on and the air is full of testosterone and machismo. She knows she can compete well but has really never played against anyone in this kind of situation before. What does she face in being the only girl there and what would your advice to her be?For more questions and answers, be sure and read the rest of this piece. MacNN indicates this is the first part in a series, so there should be more to come in the near future.
Women in Gaming: Part 1 at MacNN
emmatheodd: Heh. I have a little experience being the only female in a gaggle of gaming males, given that I used to do Magic: the Gathering tournaments [yes, I'm a dork]. It's actually more an advantage than anything else. There are some guys who are just too busy picking their jaws up off the floor to accept that you might be able to kick their asses, and that gives you an edge.
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