I visited Gamestop the other day looking to preorder some games with the few extra bucks in my pocket. Before walking to the counter I briefly perused the “Upcoming Games” section, crafting mental notes of the games I will yearn for in the coming months. While browsing my personal must-buy titles, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, Gears of War 3 and Batman: Arkham City, I noticed a small section of games in an unmarked category. They were certainly unmarked for a reason.
Among the games, if you can even call them that, included My Baby Girl for Nintendo DS, The Cheetah Girls: Pop Star Sensations Wish List and Bratz: Girls Really Rock. I must have wandered my way into the “girl” section. Besides these games describing my own personal hell they insult me on a multitude of levels.
What makes a game a “girl game”? Are they shoved into that category due to a lack of violence and testosterone fueled imagery or is this grouping purposely utilized as a mechanism to reinforce gender stereotypes? I hope neither but both are undoubtedly true.
Females play video games nearly as often as the boys do these days. The attempt to sell games about childcare, fashion, and makeup is ridiculous. What child, let alone an adult, wants to play a game about taking care of a baby? Being a parent is the most difficult job in the world, and mixing the immense responsibility of parenthood with the concept of gaming fun is an utter oxymoron.
I am a girl and I am a gamer. I’ve been addicted to video games ever since I was 5 years old and I have no desire of stopping any time soon. I can say that I have never once felt the urge to mix and match virtual outfits on my DS or become an imaginary popstar via my Wii. My double X chromosome in no way dictates that I should be forced to play such garbage! I play real titles, games prevalent across all demographics not type-casted in the female category.
My trip to Gamestop definitely put me in the ranting mood but this gamer girl will continue to play the games she loves regardless of the insistence upon lame, uninspired, and blatantly insulting games related to gender. Video games for girls? No thank you.