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12-26-2011 @ 9:30AM
I'm a female gamer, and I play a healer.. does that make me a cliche? Maybe. I've tanked and dps'd before too. I just simply found I enjoyed the game more as a healer. I have a multi-tasking mindset, as many mothers/woman I know naturally do, and that does naturally lend itself towards the way woman think about things (imo). I mean when I think about my mom, I think about her kicking ass at her job as a lawyer, coming home to her "second shift" and managing to coral, and manage us kids doing our homework, and our millions of demands, several loads of laundry, the dishes, putting dinner on the table, etc. She did all of that seemingly without breaking a sweat when I was younger. Now that I am older, I can see exactly HOW much work my mom did, but at the time I never noticed. Healing for me in game is much the same way. If I am doing my job well, people wont notice me break a sweat, the dungeon will progress without the dps or tank worrying about dying, and we all collect loot at the end. For me, I can't imagine how anyone finds healing boring, there is always so much to do! In mind, healing is not just retroactive, it's proactive, and being aware of whatever boogie men are around ever bend and being prepared to handle it. I have never seen healing as taking a back seat, or not being in the middle of the action, because without me, there could be no action, at least not for very long. Does that mean I'm in a supportive role? Sure. But I think people see "support" as if it's weaker, without realizing that support is often the strongest. After all, a house is SUPPORTED by it's foundation, it is what everything else is built upon. When people come over though, they don't say wow, what a nice foundation so good and supportive, they say "wow, what a nice house". I think that is often true of the dungeons I'm in. DPS can brag about their dps, tanks get a lot of credit for what they do.. healers are often the silent, but rock solid force.I don't think what thal said was at all offensive. I think it's a) just his opinion and b) not totally off the mark, as I've known quite a few woman who occupy supportive rolls to their families. They may not get the guts/glory credit, but without them their households would cease to run.
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