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6-18-2008 @ 1:13AM
I recognoze myself a bit, being a 40 years old woman who has lost her heart into raiding. When I started in the beginning of 2007 I had never ever played any computer game at all and I didn't have any partner to help me figure it out. I've learned everything by reading loads of blogs, forums etc and by the help of all the wonderful people I've met on my journeys through Azeroth.I don't think we're quite as unusual as the article states actually.
6-18-2008 @ 10:33AM
Hey Larisa, glad to see you saw yourself in the article. That's one of the things "15 Minutes of Fame" is about -- showing players a glimpse of who's likely to be behind the avatar they run into at the mailbox in Shattrath. Calaana, sometimes that's someone remarkable (either in game or out), but often it's not. Our column often shares with readers a look at someone who turns out to be just like them -- something commenters tell us again and again they love to read.Women *do* still face certain issues and situations when playing MMOs; hence, a certain degree of analysis and exploration is appropriate, such as asking strat vid producer Tamzin (in another recent "15 Minutes") about her own experiences as a young female player. However, as several players have noted on this thread, being female and/or being "older" is no longer the rarity it used to be. In fact, "older female gamers" is the most common tip we receive at 15 Minutes of Fame! Where does that leave female gamers? Somewhere in a grey area: still dealing with a certain amount of stereotypes and related issues, yet definitely no longer a mind-boggling rarity that stops fellow players cold.But back to Rainnajax. Is she "special," or is she an Everyman player? The answer: a little of both. Being a female gamer over 30 does lend a certain perspective to things -- but it isn't very unusual anymore. Older first-time gamers is a trend worth noting, a player type whose numbers are exploding due to the wildfire popularity of WoW (and one we haven't explored much here yet). And Rainnajax's guild membership has certainly provided plenty of food for thought for readers here. There's a lot to think about here, really, no matter how whether you consider her typical or atypical among the player base. And that's the beauty of giving so many different types of players their 15 Minutes of Fame -- it shines the spotlight on the diversity of players in such a hugely popular game as World of Warcraft.
6-19-2008 @ 5:38AM
I think one problem with even speaking about "being woman" like something special is that you risk to enhance prejudices and stereotypes. I hesitated a lot myself before I wrote a blog post in this subject just for that reason. Still I did it a few months ago. You know... being a blogger you just cant shut up, can you?http://larisamage.blogg.se/2008/march/woman-in-wow-are-you-discriminated.html
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