In addition to a writer, I also consider myself a gamer. Shocking, I know! But really, I find that gaming is often about the story and the experience, and so it stimulates that writer brain of mine. But I wasn’t always into games. Actually, I was one of those girls who looked down on games, thought they were stupid. Why would I want to spend my time shooting up fake soldiers? Or trying to solve puzzles I’d never face in the real world?
Well, as life so often works out, I fell in love with a gamer. And eventually, he convinced me to try playing Parasite Eve on his old first generation PlayStation. I resisted for the longest time, but one rainy day I had nothing else to do. And I was hooked. I think I played straight through the game in two days.
But back then, and I suppose it’s still true today to some extent, gaming wasn’t exactly girl-friendly. Most of what was out there were first person shooters or hard core military games. And there was a definite stigma toward girls who played games. Gaming was geeky, gamers were losers, you’ve heard all the names, right? Why would I want to put myself through that?
So what’s a wannabe gamer girl to do? Ignore them of course! Initially, I had a bit of a struggle finding games that I was actually interested in playing. And that didn’t scare the hell out of me. Well, I found myself an RPG (Role-playing Game) called Neverwinter Nights. It was like playing through a story as one of the characters, and I loved it!
Even better, I was lucky to have my very own tech guy to help me navigate installation and patching and controls and all that stuff. If I was doing it on my own, I don’t think I would have gotten past opening that first box. Or, even worse, past the embarrassment of being a girl who played games
So I thought I’d do a series on gaming. I want to touch on how to get started, some gaming basics, how women can feel comfortable in this sometimes intimidating world, and how gaming and writing are actually closely related. I know a lot of you out there like gaming too, so I’d love to have guest posters and other suggestions on topics.
Game on, anyone?