And perhaps I'm the only girl in the world to feel this way, but I find that I'm a little annoyed by the existence of the Frag Dolls. And this bothers me, even. I feel like I should support them. They're go-to girls out there living the dream — playing video games on someone else's dime. And from the things I've read of their blogs and profiles, they seem like mostly cool chicks.
But the tee-hee-girly pictures and the Playboy-esque profiles featured on the website turn me off. These girls kick ass and take names in video games. I think it should be more about that than about dressing them in revealing clothes and talking about how much they love pink. They don't have to be ultra-girly-girly-plush doll Barbies to be impressive female gamers. They can just be impressive female gamers who happen to be attractive. A slight adjustment of the spotlight there would make me feel a lot better. These are women, of various ages, who should be ambassadors to prove that women involved with games don't have to be lust objects like Lara Croft or the sort of heinous dorky troll girl some assume would be the only type to play a game.
They're just women. Talented, attractive, normal women, and they deserve some respect... but first, I think they should make sure they create it themselves.
It would be nice if we could say it was all about talent. It's all about the kills, the frags, the race time, etc... but it's not. It won't be until we can get past those two stereotypes, and teach the desperate, love-me-love-me girls that they're deserving of respect. Then maybe, just maybe, we can all have one big happy killfest and no one will stop to ask, "omg ur a girl? r u hott?" Maybe someday I'll see more female lead characters in games who don't have melon boobs or who aren't wearing skin-tight scraps of this or that.
Well. It probably won't happen. But a girl can dream.
(Originally posted over at Sudden Nothing.)