Meet St. Petersburg Fl. native Theresa Keith aka “Tree” who is a female gamer. Along with telling us about the annoyance that is the Backseat Gamer, she also talked a bit about women in gaming, a subject that comes up quite a bit within our very misunderstood gaming culture:
BM333: Well to start off about how long have you played video games and what do you like about them?
Tree: Since I was like 4. Well… life can be annoying sometimes so games sort of make things fun. I also think that it’s a social thing too because you can play games with other people. Usually I’m drawn to the stories because it’s like interacting with a book.
BM333: You mentioned the social aspect and I know that there are games like WOW, Halo, etc. what is it about the social aspect that you like?
Tree: It’s probably the fact that I am uncomfortable at times with being social. Video games are a way of having something in common with people.
BM333: So you’d say that it’s a good outlet to socially connect with people in a sense?
Tree: “Definitely. It seems to be one of the things that will get me to talk to people if I don’t know what to talk about. It’s sorta why I don’t have too many female friends because it’s like they say “ohhhh video games (in a condescending tone).” Then they go into talking about something like shoes and I’m like meh yeah shoes……lol.
BM333: So the consensus seems to be that females are not as into games as males, why do you think that is?
Tree: Yeah that’s what it seems like sometimes. I don’t know why. Maybe I’m just not meeting these females that are really into them. Maybe we just suck at them! (jokingly). They can be all like I suck at them so it’s dumb. I’m not implying that they are ALL bad at them though.
BM333: Well I will have you know that this past Evo Tournament (Super Street Fighter IV event) there was a female category of the tournament. And it seemed to have a decent turnout. It’s good to see a lot of active female gamers out there in the gaming community such as yourself, who take games seriously.
Tree: I don’t why females are not into games. It’s hard to say why because I started to like them when I saw my mother playing Final Fantasy.
Editor’s note: Thanks for being a good sport and chatting with us Tree.
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