Why 'girl gamers' don't exist

One of GamesRadar's female voices steps up to bring the stereotype down

With the launch of Nintendo’s seemingly more ‘girl friendly’ DS and Wii, and gaming award ceremony’s adding categories like Girls’ Choice Award, women picking up a joystick is apparently becoming more mainstream. But what is this obsession with women being a different gaming species?

Despite the acceptance that more women are playing games there’s still a great divide – one where male gamers fit into many categories and women get just one: girl gamer. The girl gamer is often seen as a casual gamer, dipping in and out of sunny, happy titles where any skill needed is thin on the ground; gameplay kept to a minimum.

As a ‘girl,’ a gamer and member of the GamesRadar team I’m here to dispel these myths. I may not be one of the Pro Evolution Soccer regulars in our office every lunchtime but I know what I like when it comes to games. Read on to see just why girl gamers don’t exist.