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My Battlefield 3 Run In With A Girl Gamer

X-Factor | 848d ago
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As of late I've noticed a growing trend. It is a trend that makes me suspicious and skeptical at the same time. I'm sitting in front of my TV, weapon selected, timer is counting down, and my waypoints are clearly marked on the map. My squad leader is calmly and effectively communicating our strategy. Focused now, readying for the sprint. Then it happens; a girl's voice reverberates through the mic and into my ear. I am instantly demoralized. Our team prides itself in WINNING. There’s a formula to winning. Strategy, discipline and skill. This is a war game. It may not be real war, but we treat it as such.

But today, we have a girl on our team. How did she get in? Who invited her? I stay tight lipped. I am but a junior member of this outfit and I am in no position to question the higher ups. Still, I am perplexed by her presence and even more so by the apparent normalcy with which the rest of the squad treats this clearly unacceptable situation. There must be a mistake. Maybe they can’t hear her. Maybe they don’t know she is here, running around guns blazing, looking like just one of the guys.

She is a Recon Soldier. She runs to a forward position and then runs back and keeps her distance. Figures.

Fighters, Helos and Tanks are running rampant but I’m no longer listening to commands and warnings. I’m fixated and watching this curious outsider, blending in, as if nobody notices. But I notice and I will expose her. I’m watching her on my HUD map and I’m about to blow the whistle and let the chips fall where they may. Then it happens.

Enemy aircraft start exploding and helicopters wildly tumble out of control. Javelin missiles strike enemy tanks in a choreographed marvel, John Woo would be proud of.

Her voice returns. This time, it’s to call out instructions. They are delivered with authority and simplicity so much so that I can’t help but follow them.

I see the upper right hand corner as it indicates that she, one by one, snipes the enemy soldiers in my path, one shot one kill, style. Fresh enemy tanks arrive but the laser from the SOFLAM she deployed is rapidly targeting them, and the team is dispatching them just as quickly. I’m making a run for the M-Com Station. I’m going to set the charge. To my left and my right are my brothers but they start to fall in the hail of bullets.

I’m on my own. The only protection I have is the M98B held in the purposeful hands of this outsider and I’m running. Soon, I’m too far from her lead filled deliveries that had so efficiently cleared my path. Then I see it. A radio beacon close to the M-Com. My comrades start to fall from parachutes directly above me. They provide cover and one M-Com station is now gone.

It was she that had placed the radio beacon early on, allowing reinforcements to deploy. That is why she had run forward and then retreated. She was no coward, she was a tactician. She had made the Su-35’s, T-90’s, and Mi28’s easy targets for our Javelin wielding Engineers and she had cleared the path for my glorious, untouched RUSH to destiny.

The game went on but I could not. I sat, stared at the TV and marveled at what had happened. How could I question the skills of a fellow gamer based solely on an ignorant assumption. The term Gamer is not associated with age or gender; was what I had learned. I lost my internet connection and dropped out of the game. It was a good thing because I had realized I did not deserve to fight along side her. I haven’t seen her since, but if she would let me, I would follow her into battle any day.

Emilio_Estevez  +   848d ago
I was gonna write something about being ignorant, but then I kept reading...

More and more often girls are being seen as just regular gamers, which they are. Hell, if she didn't have a mic you never would have known. We are long past the days of girls playing only Mario.

My wife plays COD(I know, but she won't play Battlefield, too big, not enough instant action for her) and she's always barraged with friend requests and invites from dbags. She's in a clan with a few of my friends and they are glad to have her. There seems to be disbelief when she has the mic on and reveals she's actually a girl, and mother. Usually the trash talking stops and they leave then. PWN'd by a stay at home mom really kills those immature douches.

It's nice to see an example of someone going from one side of the fence to the other. Nice read, it had some twists I didn't see coming.
WeskerChildReborned  +   847d ago
Yea, i dislike how some people act toward's the opposite gender just cause she play's games when i'm pretty sure games aren't for guys only. I'm a dude and my girlfriend plays as well and it's annoying coming across people who act so immature just cause "their is a girl in the lobby".
NewMonday  +   846d ago
the reason i hate CoD is because my little niece pwns me every time
coolbeans  +   847d ago
Glad that I never had that "for boys only" mentality about games when growing up. I guess I'm lucky to have a sister that shared an interest in playing videogames on occasion as far back as the n64/PS1 era.

Edit: Good blog topic, X-Factor.
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mynameisEvil  +   844d ago
My problem with girl gamers isn't that they're girls, it's that a lot of the girl gamers I've seen act as if their gender makes them special. I almost always see a, "I'm a girl gamer and I think BF3 sucks" or something along those lines, as if it's really necessary for them to state their gender.

Also, it annoys the piss out of me when girls go, "I LOVE video games" and, when asked what games they play, the respond only with Call of Duty.

One day, I'd like to meet a girl gamer that's just as much into gaming as me, dammit. Not a causal chick who thinks her opinions are worth more because she's of a certain sex.

To those CORE girl gamers who don't go around thinking they're more valuable than they really are, I applaud you.
slaton24  +   844d ago
morgan webb is a true girl gamer...she likes borderlands, bioshock, well more than just CoD
kriauciuniux  +   844d ago
Javelins... I hate them every noob can kill a tank with 2 shots takes no skill.This game is to easy that's why girls play it
slaton24  +   844d ago
man i got 5-6 girls on my friend list and man they are great at COD BFBC2 and BF3...only type of gamer I hate are the kids who play rated M games like GTAIV and COD, cause all they do is trash talk and well act immature...mostly...i do have one 14 year old kid on my friend list who acts like he is suppose to in an online match...and im 26 and dont care one bit about playin a match with him
X-Factor  +   848d ago
Thanks to All. Thanks DrStabwounds.
Commander-Koslun  +   847d ago
I think there a more Girl Gamers than we know, that's a good thing. Gaming shouldn't be restricted to males, or just kids, anyone who has the ability, willpower, and know how can do it. Good blog.
Blacktric  +   847d ago
Fantastic article. Keep it up.
Kiwi_Blue  +   847d ago
I remember once I thought I heard a girl playing BF3, but it turned out to be a pre-pubescent boy lol.
WitWolfy  +   847d ago
I always lose my focus while playing with girls. It's like I try to keep them entertained hoping they wont leave the party, never knowing when we'll have a female gamer again by telling silly jokes the whole time, and when I look again my K/D is like 0.50 and im probably to blame when we lose.

Damn my Casanova wannabe skills!
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KwietStorm  +   844d ago
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K3nji  +   847d ago
Well written and a great read...especially since there is a lot of crap on N4G
SageHonor  +   846d ago
One of my friends who's a girl; We were just playing BF3 together the other night hehe. I always tease her when she dies its hilarious
TheSaint  +   846d ago
So your initial reaction was 'oh, it's a woman, she must be crap'

Then you try to make yourself look all accepting.

But only because you thought she was a good player.

So what you're saying is you pre-judge women but not men, you give men a chance because OBVIOUSLY they will be good at games.

There is nothing honourable about what you did, as much as you try to make it sound that way.
coolbeans  +   846d ago
That is a harsh, yet fair point...
but I don't think he's intentionally trying to come off as honorable. In fact, I thought the text admitted him to being completely ignorant on this subject in the past.

My basic understanding from the text: He unjustly believed the annoying 'Girls...playing shooters?' belief, played a match with an excellent female player, and then decided to type up this blog as a way of admitting that his previous preconceived notion was stupid.

IF that is what he meant with this blog, I honestly believe he deserves to be commended for submitting this. How often do you see posters admit to their 'past sins' on an open forum like this one?
redDevil87  +   846d ago
Well said beans.

Bubbled up.
Cosmit  +   846d ago
Good read. Although how can she target flankers if there aren't any in RUSH mode?

I rarely play rush but from what I've seen you can only use frogfoot or thunderbolt depending on your side.
Nes_Daze  +   844d ago
My problem with some girl gamers is that they use it to their advantage to gain attention. Just play the damn game and shut up.
X-Factor  +   841d ago
Wow. Lot's of good comments and insight. Seems different gamers have slightly different experiences.

I defintiely posted this blog as way to point out that I had an unfair, ignorant bias towards female gamers, especially in the realm of FPS's, which up to this point I had believed to be male dominated by the innate context of the games.

Worlds filled with guns, bombs, and killing. All gaming aspects that one would believe are more appealing to a male.

But it's not so black and white or so simple. Not all guys like FPS. And once I start to take all these things, including my experience into consideration, I see that there are no hard and fast rules in gaming. There are only gamers with likes and dislikes, and different levels of proficiency.

And in the end, I think maybe it's just about fun and a sense of community and belonging.

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