Hey everyone! Today, I’m very excited to have a guest post of mine featured on the amazing geek blog for women, Nerdy But Flirty! It’s called Walking Through Shame, and in it I talk about my history with gaming, the idea of what makes a “real gamer”, and walkthroughs.
I took pride in my ability to combat the challenges in these games. Not only was I building confidence by overcoming their obstacles, but I was challenging the widely-held online stereotype that “girls didn’t play games”. I was making myself special. But I also knew myself: I got angry when I was frustrated with something, and sometimes my brain just wasn’t able to force itself into a game-sized shape. When confronted with a puzzle, I would often (and still do) dream too big or too small, never able to think past what I would do rather than what the game wanted from me.
Meanwhile, a downside of purchasing my games secondhand emerged: just as I discovered my love for them, the Community at Large (TM) had already decided they were shit – or, if they weren’t shit, that there were only a handful of ways to “properly” play them. Following guides or using save games was out; banging your head against a game until you finally figured out what the heck to do was in. The soaring popularity of punishing, twitchy platformers proved that point all too well.
(Read the rest of the post here!)
I’m very proud to be featured and hope that my story helps some folks challenge their own ideas about what it means to be a “real gamer”. And make sure you take some time to check out the rest of the NBF site and give them a follow–they do good work! Hope you all enjoy the post. :)