Wednesday, 26 August 2009

Girl Gamer Harrassment

The blog title says it all. When you think of games, you think of Males. One thing that is a rare thought, with gaming ,is Women.

Gaming is one of those hobbies that Women can't seem to get involved with. It's such a male-orientated hobby. But, like most things, Women can't resist that curiosity. Women will always want to know what "it" is all about. A trip down the Pub every Friday night. A Saturday Afternoon watching the "Footy" (That's Soccer for those American readers).

But, because Gaming is also a Nerds hobby, female interaction is as rare on Xbox LIVE - as it is in real life. Well... you may assume it is with most nerdy gamers.

Now the topic I want to discuss today, is the tender topic of women getting harassed on Games. For those girls who try gaming, and like it, their time on Xbox LIVE is full of nerds throwing theirselves to her knees. Otherwise, they're severely cocky and competitive, and threaten them with offensive language, and challenges to one-on-ones. You see, along with not expecting Women to play Games, Men expect them to be horrid at them!

The constant barragement of insults claiming to whoop girls asses at games is quite a pain! They can't get any rest from it! I do disagree with the extra attention paid to girls for playing games. Alot of them probably don't appreciate it. It's something they dont want to be singled out for.

Then, you do have the girls who love the attention. And they also publicise theirselves on being successful. I'm talking about The Frag Dolls and the other popular Girl Gamer Clans that have managed Television, and get sponsered. The question targeted is are they popular and publicised for being Girl Gamers, or for being good?

I think it's a bit of both. But I personally think they gain far too much credit for their success purely because they're Girls.

It's a giant debate that could go on for hours. Please leave a Comment on what you think of Girl Gamers?


Tuesday, 25 August 2009

The Pressures of being Good!

Well... I've purchased the All Fronts Collection for Gears of War 2, which is worth every penny. Every downloadable Gears 2 map is clever, innovative, and ideal for Gears gameplay.

Most maps have achievements that will make you explore the interesting and testing Horde Mode, meanwhile playing competitively for victory on the Multiplayer.

I personally, have always disliked Gears - for its highly competitive and ultra pathetic gamers, who insist on rolling around and Shotgunning from a click away. Most teams battle for that unfair advantage by grabbing the Boomshot, to pretty much guarantee your unbalanced loss.

However, like a good gamer should, I've tried to get good. But in the mean time, I've had to betray my poor Lancer and Hammerburst, and roll around with a Shotgun. It's such a nooby technique for other games, but the more you play Gears, the more you'll understand that this is classed as skill for this game.

So in conclusion - to my path of becoming successful - the saying "If you can't beat 'em, Join 'em" stays very true to its word!

Now I've completely stepped on how nooby it is to be skilled at Gears, it still doesn't take care of those highly competitive guys who take that extra bullet to kill.

Those extremely frustratingly gifted players, who either defeat you with luck, or just can't seem to make ONE step wrong. It's hard to spot a mistake from a good Gears player - and who knows what sort of pressure that puts them under! All for a game. That's something I've never appreciated since I started gaming on the 360.

I used to be an ultra-competitive loser on Call of Duty 4. I wasn't invincible, but hell I would kill you in a flash, and my K/D would be impressive, and I'd be top of the Leaderboards every time. I stopped playing COD4 eventually, and it was better off that I did. Because I felt the pressure of never faltering, and making mistakes was something I couldn't bare. Eventually, it became apparent that I was putting too much effort into winning a game of Call of Duty 4, than completing some GCSE Coursework!

I noticed my pathetic self, fighting for dominance in a game. It's enjoyable to get lost into the world of gaming. Being the best, and knowing that you are successful at something. But the reality of that World, is that you're not gaining anything from it. Other than a little self-pride.

After reflecting on the peaceful Halo 3 days, when my friends and I mucked around for hours on end, playing Infection on Sandtrap - I had an epiphany. I realised that I'd forgotten the true mark of gamings purpose - the aspect of fun.

So now, playing for fun is what I do. I'm still having a competitive streak at being successful, but only in games where you are forced to. Gears 2 is one of those. Where playing the happy-go-lucky-noob means you'll just die every time - and eventually the fun aspect dies with you.

So try having fun next time! It's nearly impossible to have fun on Xbox LIVE Ranked Matches - due to the competitive streak of those dominant players who insist on following that old success-makes-me-feel-good route.

So try a few Private Matches with friends! Forget rank! Forget success! Forget winning!

Focus on having fun. Being successful is enjoyable, but having fun whilst you're there is even better!


Monday, 24 August 2009

Welcome to my World

Hello, and welcome to my blog. I'm an Xbox 360 gamer. My Xbox LIVE Gamertag is ell635. I'm an average gamer, perhaps skilled higher than average, and my determination with gaming is to have fun, be one of the best, and get as many achievements along the way.

I'm a genuine gamer, I don't fight for pure dominance, resulting in my enemy having no advantage. I like to play with skill, and like most gamers I like to win.

Another thing I like, other than gaming, is writing. And combining the two, for me, is one of the most enjoyable hobbies I could have. Therefore, this blog is going to be the start of something cool. A blog about games I play, what I've played. How I play. And I'll also be discussing interesting points, like new Downloadable Content I've purchased, and new Games I want, or have.

This is going to be the home of everything gaming, and much more. If you're just as interested as I am in this, then please Follow this blog, and keep checking back for my latest blogs. Tell your friends too, if you think they will be interested.

The only thing that could make this whole blogging experience better - would be if I built a fanbase of opinionated, supportive and outspoken gamers, who would read my blogs, and not be afraid to comment about what I've written, or to add their opinion.

I'll get things started later today, where I will be talking about the Xbox 360 exclusive, Gears of War. I have recently purchased the All Fronts Pack DLC, and will be giving my impressions on it, as well as both Gears 1 and Gears 2. Stick around.