A Female Gamer's Take on "Girlfriend Mode"

Female gamers in the gaming community

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ziggurcat2281d ago

*sigh* not another idiotic article making a big deal out of nothing....

scotchmouth2281d ago

Whoever approved this should be banned

mcnablejr2281d ago

its like this whole article is trolling.
Do they have any idea how much this has been blown out of proportion!?

Burackus2281d ago

This is just getting stupid now, not that is wasnt at first

KidBroSweets22281d ago

If anyone in this world has a sense of humor anymore then you would just giggle/laugh at the girlfriend mode then continue on with your life. It's a joke. I bet the people who are the ones complaining, aren't someone's girlfriend or don't have a girlfriend. Therefore they want to argue since it makes them realize they're alone in life.

Aaroncls72280d ago

Isn't the term "female gamer" an awkward denomination?

I understand that for some a lady that plays games was uncommon years ago; but now it just sounds like a way to get attention and recognition.

The fact that some call themselves female gamers and not just "gamer" is off putting and immature.

Why after so many struggles with sexism in our society would these girls group themselves aside because of a sex difference?

sjaakiejj2281d ago

"Female gamers shouldn't automatically be assumed to suck at video games, and we most certainly don't need an entire skill tree devoted to our lack of skills."

He never even implied that female gamers suck at games. He implied that there's fewer females who play First Person Shooters than there are males, which is a statistical fact.

Kin23g2281d ago

Bickering is stupid, a statistical fact too.

nrvalleytime2281d ago

Who's bickering? Pointing out truth isn't bickering, but bringing awareness to falsehoods.

lorcraven2281d ago (Edited 2281d ago )

I thought nothing of this at first, not sure why everyone is freaking out.

There's a lot of developers out there that do much worse things to their customers than a slip of the tongue, and I'm sure it was said with a light hearted intention.

People need to stop scaring the hell out of developers, if people keep freaking out over every little thing someone says in an interview, then people will just not be willing to do them anymore.

Plus the situation of a male gamer having a girlfriend who rarely plays games is a very common situation, and only has any significance if one gives it such. Taking issue with this fact is a sign of insecurity and therefore is misdirected anger.

KidBroSweets22281d ago (Edited 2281d ago )

There is, however, one positive of this complaint. Borderlands 2 is getting ATTENTION. A lot of you know that the first Borderlands didn't get too much attention and it turned out to be a gem. So I'm glad that they are actually getting the attention, even if it is over something so dumb.

indiejones2281d ago

Borderlands 2 doesn't need the extra publicity. The first wasn't a modest seller. It's pushed over 6 million copies.

indiejones2281d ago

I don't think the author was trying to make any kind of attacks on Hemingway. She just feels strongly that the boys club of gaming doesn't treat women the way it should. I agree with her. It's easy to brush this off, but that doesn't make it right. If you don't think this is a problem with our industry, then you are part of the problem yourself.

antz11042281d ago

Honestly who cares, online we're all just gamers. If anything people like the author are just labeling themselves with this girl gamer garbage. There's the problem.

catch2281d ago

This was very well written and no matter how many commenters here want to ignore or downplay the issue sexism is extremely prevalent in gaming and needs to be addressed. Sure his comment itself might not be a big deal when taken individually but like the article says it reflects a much bigger issue in the assumption of female players needing a crutch. Generalizations like that are harmful.

Gamers as a whole have been dealing for many years with generalizations of only being "nerds who live in their parents basements" or "violent sociopaths". It takes time to break down those barriers to cultural growth and it can't be done without intelligent and honest discussion and this is part of that.

Generalizations only hurt our hobby and hold it back. The more girls who shy away from it because they aren't made to feel comfortable the worse off we are. That isn't to say guys have a perfect experience but it doesn't mean the conversation isn't worth having.

Hicken2281d ago

"The design team was looking at the concept art and thought, you know what, this is actually the cutest character we've ever had. I want to make, for the lack of a better term, the girlfriend skill tree. This is, I love Borderlands and I want to share it with someone, but they suck at first-person shooters. Can we make a skill tree that actually allows them to understand the game and to play the game? That's what our attempt with the Best Friends Forever skill tree is."

That sounds SOOO sexist. /s

Worse than the fact that people are attacking this non-issue is that people have to defend it. The quote- in its entirety- stands for itself: it's for people who suck at FPS. If it were a dig a female gamers, why not call it "Girl Mode" instead?

But no. Suddenly, girls out there who are good at FPS- or at least don't suck- are ALL girlfriends and are ALL offended. And suddenly random guys out there are jumping to these girls' defense.

Willful ignorance is what I call it, because there's no way in Hell you can't understand exactly who and what he meant by what he said. Still, you and others are offended, when you're not even part of the target audience of "Girlfriend Mode."

Man, whatever. People will find any little thing to complain about. They'll purposely take something harmless and try to make it out to be a deadly poison.

Am I saying there's no sexism in gaming? Hardly. But THIS is no indication of it.

cl19832281d ago

What John Hemingway and his development team should of always called this skill tree is a Novice skill tree.

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