I’ve never been able to warm up to the word “gamer.” Maybe because I’ve never been one. I’m not really a Gamer Girl. I’m just not. I don’t know why, but it’s always had a strange connotation to me… like someone who would call himself a “gamer” is someone partaking in some illicit activity, some sort of transgression. I imagined the word whispered by men dressed in dark clothing and dark sunglasses, in desolate back alleys where clandestine business deals went down: “Hey, do you game? Are you a gamer?” Have you ever heard of a Gamer Girl?
I know. I’m weird.
That’s right. I. gave. it. away.
I am now experiencing giver’s remorse after watching this video from the TODAY Show:
Don’t they make being a gamer look fun?
One thing that surprised me in the video is that, according to Amber McCollom, Nintendo’s Public Relations Manager, in the company’s estimation about 42% of women are gamers. That’s right! Gamer Girl time to unite! That’s pretty incredible, right? Who would’ve thought that girl gamers would be a big thing. A HUGE trend that will be and is emerging like crazy right now!
That’s a lot, considering that within “women” (I’m assuming) they’re including ladies my grandma’s age, who probably think of “gaming” as a round of shuffleboard down at the senior center.
Kudos to Nintendo for bringing in the Gamer Girl lifestyle. Games are not just for boys. That’s right – they’re for everyone. Don’t forget that!!! Their marketing efforts are clearly creating some pretty enthusiastic girly gamers.
I coulda been a contender. Hey… there’s sitll time to become a cool chick playing games with the boys! Boom!