I am female, just so I don't confuse anyone.Rosen wrote: Girls who play games, do you play games with other people online? Do you have a "group" you tend to hang out with when you game? How do you feel treated often?
The reason I want to discuss this, is because I find often that no matter what group I migrate too, often the guys tend to make sexist jokes and laugh it off. If you get upset it's, "Why are you taking it so seriously?" While it's true I'm often not as good as the guys I know at gaming, I also take a lot of flack for it, even with things I am good at. My difference in goals in games also earns me a lot of flack as well as my choice in games. Like in Minecraft, I really appreciate the aesthetics of building a unique and functional, decorated home-base. Where as the guys call it frivolous and expect a box with some chests in it.
To narrow things down, I will specify the type of online gaming that I participate in, which includes: website gaming and console gaming. I would like to expand my experience with the latter, because I believe it's more male-dominated.
Experience playing on the console is a mixed bag, for me. I have friends who play FPS (first-person shooters) and they always ask me to play. I'm usually reluctant, for a few reasons. The primary reason is that I have only been playing console games -- specifically the XBox -- for 3 to 4 years. Which is not that much experience at all, when you really think about it. So, when I play FPS online with other people, friends and strangers together, it /can/ be a drag of a play, because of the competitive gameplay aspect that you get with the genre. It does, slightly, impact how often I want to play, but I'm usually not harassed by gamers while I play. It helps that I don't go into unfamiliar parties, and I don't usually play with a headset.
Most frequent FPS I've played: Battlefield 1.
My /preferred/ genre to play on a console are RPG games. Things like Neverwinter, Diablo, Skyrim, and the like. I have options to team up with strangers to fight NPC enemies (so, not PvP) or to play solo. When I play in these types of games, I feel more included and often face less frustration towards other players.
Going to the big issue: does the representation of female characters in games bother me?
No, it doesn't. It's a freaking fantasy world. I could care less how they chose to portray women, My only clause is to say: I suppose the only thing that would bother me is if they portrayed more female characters as a nymphomaniac, and similar/related behaviors/topics. But that's it, really.