Representing the Dragon

One of the worst things someone can say to me when I’m on holiday is to ask me where I’m from.

A droplet of sweat falls from my brow. A quiver of anxiety wracks my body.

I’m from Wales, I think, They’re just gonna ask where in England that is…

Ignoring my instinct, I’ll probably tell them that I’m from Wales in the United Kingdom.

Silence falls. I stare them dead in the eye. Time slows down, and though the only thing I can hear is the thumping of my heart in my ears I can read their lips: “Where in England is that?”

Wales is a lovely, yet tiny and a considerably underrepresented country. It has given the world a wide array of poetry, music and literature (to name just some of the things we’re good at) yet I always feel as if it’s easier to just say I’m British than I’m Welsh, and this shouldn’t be the case.

In this Lyte Byte I’m going to look at Welsh representation in gaming to see how video games have done at representing Wales.

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Representing the Dragon

“You’re a healer – you must be a girl!”

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!

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“You’re a healer – you must be a girl!”

Misconceptions, and the Curious Case of the Gamer

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:

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Misconceptions, and the Curious Case of the Gamer