I guess I’ve been pretty lucky in terms of being a girl that plays video games. Other than playing WoW, I don’t play online, so I’ve never really run into the crap that comes with being a girl gamer. I’ve never been insulted and belittled for the games I choose to play, or for being a girl gamer.
Sure got a rude awakening this weekend.
This weekend I purchased a PS3. I bought it partly due to my unhappiness with Microsoft (I have been an XBox fan since day 1, and am most unhappy with the news coming through the pipeline), but mostly due to the fact that ‘The Last of Us’ came out only for Playstation, and I wanted to play it with a fiery passion.
I went to the local EB Games, I went up to the counter, asked for the 32G PS3, got everything set up, then went to browse the games. As I’m browsing, one of the clerks comes up to me. He asked what I was looking for. I told him I was buying a PS, and was looking for some games. He asked what I normally play. I told him I enjoy the ME and DA series, Kingdom of Amalur, and was purchasing The Last of Us.
He looked at me and said, “You should get a Wii instead. Their games are more your style.’
What? Just because I enjoy playing RPGs, it is unacceptable for me to play on a PS? I was blown away that someone would dare make that assumption, and shocked by the fact that he had the gall to say that to my face.
Needless to say, I complained to the manager (another male, who rolled his eyes when I stated my concerns). I walked out of the store empty handed.
I then headed right over to the nearby Sony store. When I told the male associate there that I wished to purchase a PS3, he very enthusiastically got me set up with my purchases. When I told him the games I enjoy playing, I was handed multiple recomendations of games that he himself enjoyed, and thought I would too.
The difference between the two experiences was astonishing. I know from the posts that come across my dash that my experience was not out of the ordinary. But still, the whole thing made me quite sad.
HOLD UPYou mean to tell me that you walked into EB games and got told the wii was more your style?! WAS THIS AT CHERMSIDE IN BRISBANE?! Because holy fuck I thought I was the only one!!! Oh god woman I feel you pain. I was told to buy “Cooking Mama” instead of the two far cry and the last of us in my hand because they would be “Too hard” for me. And that my boyfriend would like those games much better than me.
If you’re going to go to an EB games in Brisbane, the one in the Myer Centre is full of sweeties. AND they have female cashiers as well!
I was in the Chermside one yesterday. And the guy that came over to me gave me shit for wanting to buy far cry and last of us instead of a wii game. His female cashier COMPLETELY ignore what happened