I‘m happy in the knowledge that video gaming is becoming a more widely accepted form of creative media – there’s something about having your passion become mainstream that just feels awesome. Knowing that when I was a kid I’d have been called a ‘nerd’ for preferring to stay inside and do some gaming compared to how normalised gaming is now makes me feel all kinds of happy. With gaming becoming a more validated, and celebrated media form there seems to be a trend forming of virtual icons within the gaming world much like we’ve seen with other fictional characters such as Disney princesses.
In this Lyte Byte I’m going to take a byte into this trend of virtual celebrities within gaming and use a relatively recent example of creating interesting characters to sell a game.
The title of this piece is, frighteningly enough, all to common for me – and probably many others – to hear.
In my last World of Warcraft guild I was often the target of flirtation from some of my male guild members while playing as one of the raid healers (I mean, fine I was playing a female character but c’mon dudes play females all the time!). Soon after I posted a little introduction in the guild forums as to who I was and a little about me the flirtation dropped instantly – with one even going so far as to message me a little bit awkwardly about the fact he just assumed I was a girl.
This trend of the assumption that girls are playing in the support role may stem from the fact that many games that feature some form of healing role typically have female characters in this role (highlighted in this interesting piece) or could potentially just be an assumption that women are only interested in playing these sorts of characters.
In this Lyte Byte, I’m going to take a nibble into this topic and hopefully open the discussion to others as to why this may be the case!
Video gaming since finding its place in popular culture has seemed to always have a certain stereotype surrounding the type of people who class themselves ‘gamers’. I, myself, would call myself a gamer – and I would say I have been since I was able to steal the mouse and keyboard away from my Dad to get a few minutes of playing Diablo 2 back way in the early 2000’s. However, I feel – personally – that I don’t really fit into the stereotype that has been created within popular culture as to what a gamer is…
I’ve tried to break the stereotype (in my eyes) into four different categories: