Listen. I don’t know about you, but I still get questioned and insulted about my gaming passion. And let me put it quite frankly, it is not cool at all.
There seems to still be a stigma around girls and video games and it is so sad. There are days where I experience discrimination in the gaming industry. I work in a retail gaming and entertainment store and I have been in the industry for almost 4 years. There are some days where people love to see my passion beaming from my face, my voice and my heart. Then there are days where I get questioned about why I am working in such a place.
I have much knowledge in this area and field. It has taken me years to gain the knowledge I have. It has taken me time to play and learn about games and consoles. Most of all it has taken me a lot of dedication to strengthen my expertise. So why do people feel the need to not believe what I say because I am a girl who talks about video games?
When I sell a console or a game to someone they are always looking for the most information they can get about what they are purchasing and I proudly am able to provide this information. In most cases, people are so happy and thankful for my help. However, there are times where people don’t want to be served by me and when I do serve them and give them 100% dedication and passion with my information, they are so shocked and their persona and emotion changes. Discrimination can be given in more ways than one. Body language is one of the biggest give aways into what you are thinking and how you are feeling. So it doesn’t take me long to realise the real reason as to why this person feels uncomfortable with my help.
Being apart of the Instagram gamers community, I have come across so many lovely people both male, female and all the in between, who are so supportive of me and appreciate my passion just as much as I do. But at the same time a small handful of trolls feel the need to send messages saying “you don’t know what you’re talking about”, “you’re not a real gamer”, “girls can’t like Call of Duty” etc. May I also mention I have been called disgusting, derogatory names. My response to the trolls is:
You are following me for my photos of my gaming content. You are following me for my interactions about video games. If I didn’t know what I was talking about you wouldn’t be following me.
Clearly I am doing something right. And if my passion can make others feel happy and give others an insight to the awesome world of video games, then I am not going to stop.