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… but it’s just fantasy

April 11, 2012 Leave a comment

Boobs…
Yeah, Ivy’s got em. Well, in 2010 in the United States alone, apparently over 318,000 women also decided to get them. Since 1997 that has been a 155% increase in the total number of plastic surgery procedures in the United States. The number one procedure was breast augmentation… followed by liposuction, eyelid surgery and abdominoplasty (tummy tuck). An estimated 5 to 10 MILLION women worldwide are now walking around with cosmetic breast implants… regardless of the cancer risks, the leakage/burst risks, the other health issues associated with this procedure. Our media shows us that apparently men find big breasts attractive… and many women are willing to pay a lot of money and disregard the health risks to become the fantasy. Read more…

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I love/hate being a girl gamer

I really dislike the term “Girl Gamer” though mostly because I’m 49 and it’s been a long, long time since I was called a “girl”. I’m a gamer and I happen to be female. I don’t feel that I should have to hide the fact that I’m female because this is who I am, just as being older, being married and loving FPS online games is part of who I am.

Ironically, I never knew that being a female gamer was unusual until I started playing online and joining gaming communities. Prior to that, I just assumed that people gamed — all kinds of people. I had no preconceptions or stereotypes of who gamers were. I hope that one day we get back to that idea, though, not because of ignorance, but rather because it’s simple reality.
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Me and My Chainmail Bikini

June 16, 2011 Leave a comment

I’ve been playing Dragon Age: Origins and loving it, but I have a deep, dark secret… I kind of miss my chainmail bikini!  Yeah… chainmail bikinis… those scanty, sexy outfits we female characters get to wear in most western RPG’s that are at all fantasy based.

I have to admit that I have a love/hate relationship with my chainmail bikini.  There’s something very liberating about prancing through the countryside slaying various beasts and critters while attired as a Dominatrix, but on a larger level it bothers me a bit.  Mostly it’s an immersion issue.  Being an “actual, real-live female” I KNOW that there is no way you can run through the forests wearing 3″ heels.  I’ve worn high heels most of my adult life… I can walk fast in high heels, I can even run to catch a bus in high heels on a sidewalk – but there is no possible way in hell that I can run through the forests or across a bumpy meadow, battling bad guys or nasty critters while wearing 3″ spikey heels without breaking an ankle.  It’s simply not possible!  Reality also intercedes with the whole “boob” thing.  Any woman with a C cup or more knows that it’s painful to run braless.  You have to strap those puppies down… pushing them up just creates the potential for two black eyes.  I always shudder when I see Lara and her massive mammaries “shimmy” along a wall and all I can think of is OUCH!  It’s rather the equivalent of a guy seeing another guy getting kicked in the balls.  Weather also plays an immersion role.  I can’t help but be taken completely out of a game when I see my scantily clad siren skipping through a white winter wonderland in practically no clothing. Brrrrrr!! Read more…

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Me and My Gun

June 16, 2011 1 comment

OMG!! I’m one of “them”!!  How in hell did this happen??? I used to be such a nice girl. Now, I’ve become that stereotypical gamer… spending my evenings loading up some shooter game and yelling at people into the mic.  The fact that I’m old (49) and female, well that’s irrelevant because I’ve become exactly how I always thought gamers were – addicts who bought SOCOM or HALO and played them night after night.

I don’t really know how it happened.  It was never my intention.  I look at the games scattered near my console and most every night I find myself playing an FPS or shooter game – usually MAG, Homefront, L4D2, Resistance 2, KZ2 or sometimes Warhawk.  I find this odd.  I don’t like guns. I’ve never fired a gun in real life. I don’t know guns and always think a SCAR is a mark left by an injury, or that FAMAS is somebody misspelling Famous (OMG… I’m Famas!)  I don’t even know the differences between an SMG and an assault rifle and they all kind of seem the same to me – point, shoot.   Terms like bullet spread, grips and suppressors always sound vaguely S&M dirty to me. Read more…

A Girl’s Guide to FPS Gaming

June 16, 2011 Leave a comment

After playing Killzone 2 and Warhawk a fair bit  this weekend… this survival guide came to mind…

To the ladies out there thinking of trying FPS games online for the first time…, first of all, it’s important to realize that you are entering what is the virtual equivalent of a sports bar – a place heavy in male testosterone, competitiveness, swearing and a “mine is bigger than yours” attitude.  The anonymity of the internet seems to be the rough equivalent to a six pack of beer, so you’ll also have to be prepared for the “dumb things guys say when they’re drunk” type of verbal warfare.  It’s important to remember that you can’t win this type of war because everything they say is witty and hilarious …to them.

A dozen things to know (in no particular order):  Read more…

Go make me a sandwich!

June 16, 2011 Leave a comment

When guys hear a female voice in an online game, the phrase “go make me a sandwich” is often thrown out as a joking insult.  We ladies are apparently supposed to be pregnant and in the kitchen cooking and cleaning and basically tending to the needs of our big ole strong menfolk.  Thankfully those days are actually long gone and most women nowadays have the same opportunities as men to get educated, get a job, earn an income, be independent, and be equal partners in a marriage. But when I hear that phrase, in all honesty… I get the urge to go make you a sandwich. Read more…

Girls with Guns

June 15, 2011 Leave a comment

A few years ago we saw online playable female avatars for R6Vegas, Mercenaries 2, UT3… even GTA4 had  online female characters,  Then, Battlefield – no women, the SOCOM franchise took a giant step backwards with Confrontation and neglected to include a female avatar, and  Resistance 2 and MGO launched with no female avatars, followed up by Killzone 2 and a decided lack of big Helgan women.  For awhile it seemed that online female avatars were “almost” becoming normal and accepted… then wham! – the ability to be a one-woman wrecking machine with a gun disappeared.  It seems that the devs are taking a step backward instead of forward.  Resistance 2 and MGO have rectified this oversight with DLC that  included female avatars, but why were they not included in the original game launch? Also, why are upcoming games deciding not to include female avatars?

Top 5 reasons I’ve heard for the lack of female avatars in shooter games: Read more…

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