No, not THIS at all.
As a so-called “gamer girl,” let me explain what exactly bothers me about this graphic.
To start, I can understand the intent of the graphic: a real gamer girl actually cares about the game, not about the fabled ability to pick up a guy by appearing to care about the game. A real gamer girl actually plays the game. I agree with that message. It’s a good message. The execution, however, is terrible.
Take a look at the top girl. She’s well groomed, presumably good-looking from top to bottom, and with the exception of the fact that she’s sticking a controller in her mouth like an idiot, she’d probably be attractive by western standards of beauty. The bottom girl, however, has a rat’s nest of hair, hollow eyes, and is pretty well stated to be unwashed. I can think of no guy who would find that attractive, considering the “not bathing” trend went out with the turn of the century - the nineteenth century, that is.
This graphic implies that all attractive girls are “sluts with controllers” and all real gamer girls don’t care about appearance or hygiene, fitting the “gamer” stereotypes propagated by popular media.
Hey, gamer guys! Show of hands: who likes being stereotyped as an obsessed, unwashed slob just because you play video games?
Yeah, I didn’t think so. News flash: gamer girls don’t like those stereotypes either.
Appearance-wise, I look like the top girl. I’m not drop-dead whiplash-inducing attractive, but I take care of my appearance. I have also been asked if the video game I’m buying is for my little brother. No, it’s for me, thank you for assuming I have siblings even though I’m here alone, pardon me while I go buy it somewhere else now. I also know that I am not the only girl who’s gotten this reaction when buying a game.
The only way to judge whether someone is a “real” gamer of either gender is to talk with them. If they actually know what the hell they’re talking about? Congratulations, they’re a gamer! If they falter after saying Yoshi’s cute or say Mass Effect is a badass game but can’t tell you why, then you know you’ve come across someone posing as a gamer. The point is something you probably learned in elementary school: Don’t judge anyone by appearances. You might well be surprised.
(Plus, I find it hard to believe the pictured “gamer girl” knows what she’s doing given that she’s trying to play Zelda on an Xbox.)
Tyopaway makes some very good points, many of which I thought about commenting on when I first reblogged this, but she has said them much better than I could.
However, in the end, I chose to take a simpler look at the concept as to not kill the humor. The first girl is sucking on the controller, that doesn’t work for playing a game. The second girl is intently focused, and her expression made me think of CourtoonXIII (currently KorratoonXIII on Tumblr), one of my favorite cosplayers. She’s absolutely gorgeous, but she’s also the type to sit around and play games with her hair in a muss instead of going out and interacting with people. I do the same thing when I’m obsessing over a game. I put off my daily shower for a few hours, and eat at my computer so I can finish a level just a little sooner. Doesn’t make me an unwashed basement dweller, but I do look kinda hollow-eyed while I’m doing it.
In the end, I agree with many points made by typoaway, and that’s why I’m reblogging her. The execution of the comic is flawed, and though we disagree on just how flawed, I think it’s important to note that female gamers come in a wide variety of types, and most I’ve known are well acquainted with proper grooming habits (often possessing a fair amount of style as well.)
(Also, explanation for playing Zelda with what looks like an Xbox 360 pad? Emulator on a PC.)