Michael sent me a link to an article today that I wanted to point out to everyone. I would particularly love to hear other reactions to it (Viv?).
Ok, I'm a girl (no really) and I play video games (besides the Sims) and I exist on the internet (I do!). I know that doesn't make sense, but it's true. Oh, and I'm pretty cute. I'm totally not lying! The thing is, I'm usually assumed to be. A recent article from The Escapist discusses girls on the internet really well. It's funny, read it.
I swear I've had conversations much like the ones she describes and transcribes. I've never used a voice program like Ventrilo, but it doesn't matter much. Any indication that I am a girl causes instant requests for pictures (which are never believed to be mine if I do, for some reason, show one) and shocked disbelief. I have had conversations and met people who were happy to believe I was a girl (yay Lioncourt!), but often it is assumed that I found a random collections of pictures of some hot girl and said they were of me while I pretended to be a girl. Oh, and any descriptions of what I look like without a picture get the same incredulous reaction and often replies like "yeah, I'm six-foot-seven and built like Hercules".
So, to echo Whitney Butts' statement, I'm a girl and I do exist and I am on the internet and I do play games. My characters are usually "pretty" in games only because all the female avatars in games are generally "pretty". I make fun of that and bitch about the lack of clothing a lot. Believe me, my husband is pretty sick of that rant. Oh, and my avatars are usually short because I am short and I like being short. That's it. Nothing more than that. Ok? Girls on the internet do exist, I promise!
Read the article, it's really well done and funny. Especially if you are a girl on the internet.Posted by Katie at November 4, 2005 03:16 PM | TrackBack