11/22/2011

Gaming with a Manicure


I’ve always liked working as a team. From my early days of school group projects to my college years on staff of the school’s newspaper, I’ve been a sucker for working in a group. It wasn’t because I liked to pass off my responsibilities. I genuinely liked working with others towards one goal and seeing contributions come together. Added bonus: a group of friends to celebrate once your goal has been accomplished. I’m pretty sure this is a large part of why I love online gaming.


Video gaming itself is a male dominated industry but as a girl playing online, I am put face to face, or rather microphone to microphone with guys all over the world. After entering most pre-game lobbies, I go through a 3-step process: The first thing to happen is either asking other players to vote to skip the next map or comment to a friend who has joined the game. The second step, which comes pretty quickly, is I’m asked if my balls have dropped yet.


You didn’t see that one coming did you? The thing is, most guys have this strange idea that girls don’t play video games, at least not the video games they play. So after hearing my high pitched voice, they quickly assume I am a 10 year old boy and the hazing begins.


The third thing to happen is they soon realize I am in fact a female (cue gasps). After this realization, I either get numerous Friend Requests from the boys in the room who are just giddy that I’m a girl, or I get asked if my boyfriend is playing for me after they see how well I am doing, or I am told to make him a sandwich.


Man, if I had a nickel for every time I heard that one. Those boys sure do like sandwiches.


You might ask yourself why I like to go through this; that it doesn’t sound like fun. Oh, but it is! In order to play online with millions of strangers around the world, you need a sense of humor. Luckily, I’ve got me one of those. The remarks that many girls would consider horrible and sexist, I consider a hazing. I have come to expect it and I can dish it right back. If I’m playing with friends, they quickly back me up, too. If a guy usually makes a target of himself with commentary when the game begins, my whole team goes after him. It’s true that sometimes it can be a little much, but there is always the option to mute people or to join a different lobby.


And ladies, let me tell you, there is no better feeling than having the guy who was ragging on you be put on the opposite team, allowing your team to kick his ass. Virtual manicured high fives for everyone!


Marisa Chaples is a funny mix of nerdy tom-boy and crafty girly-girl and crazy. Blog//Twitter


 


 

13 comments:

  1. Hahaha that is awesome. I bet some of the guys are SO shocked to hear a real live girl on the other end! ;)

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  2. Great article! I apologize on behalf of my gender and if you can take anything away from this article, it would be that guys just simply dont know how to make sandwiches. Yeah, that sounds about right. Also, congrats on the blog!

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  3. Congrats on the site, Marisa! I can honestly say that you're way better than me on MW2, and I appreciate your team based mentality! ;)

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  4. This was an awesome read. It made me laugh out loud. I don't game online, but I used to game with my male cousins and their friends all the time. We'd have gaming parties and I loved hearing the groans and shouts of "DAMN YOU SHADOWCAT!". So yeah, great article and I'm loving Gadchick. Also, your blog is adorable Marisa. Adorable!

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  5. I love online gaming!! And 'mens' games - I'm currently playing through the gears of war series (again) on Hardcore and looking forward to doing it again on Insane :) However, I'm not allowed a microphone... my boyfriend won't let me because I swear too much and get really agressive, hahaha. There nothing worse than being beaten by a girl with a potty mouth apparently :)

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  6. Congratulations on the the site! This first article is very successful and funny!

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  7. Great article! Boys can be stupid, but it's awesome that you know how to handle it and kick their ass at the same time. Your writing style definitely reflects your personality. Rock on Moe!

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  8. I suggest adding a facebook like button for the blog!Helen

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  9. Hi Helen,Thanks for the suggestion, we've added a FB button on the side to "like" when the button takes you to the page. Thanks!

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  10. I like this weblog so much, saved to favorites. "I don't care what is written about me so long as it isn't true." by Dorothy Parker.

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  11. Hey There. I found your blog using msn. This is a really well written article. I will be sure to bookmark it and come back to read more of Gaming with a Manicure | Gadchick . Thanks for the post. I will certainly comeback.

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  12. Lol. many guys feel like they have found that one girl who actually plays video games just like him..So they kinda go white-knight on that girl by buying her stuff in-game and helping her with quests etc. I see this in most mmorpg's its amazing how a girl can make a guy work for him lol

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