by: Elena Sanchez
What’s the best thing to do on a rainy day? Why, cuddle up with a good game, of course! Typically, guys are the ones stereotyped as adamant videogame players. Everyday, tons of guys switch on their systems, pickup their controllers, and put on their headsets-but, who’s to say that girls don’t do the same? It’s a new age, and girls are slowly but surely picking up their controllers and putting on their game face too.
According to the Gamer Girl Classifications from the TV network Lifetime, there is no one set type of “girl gamer”. Instead, five categories separate each type. To all the gamer girls out there, check out which type you are:
The first category, which makes up 25% gamer girls, is the “Competitor”. These girls are usually social butterflies, younger, and tend to gravitate towards the “guy games”. They love a good challenge, for instance in strategy games. They won’t hesitate to start up a challenge, and generally speak their mind.
The second category, which makes up 16% of gamer girls, is the “Immersive” type. These ladies are similar to competitors in that they immerse themselves in their games. They tend not to be as social and play by themselves, though. Their game time is aimed to relieve anxiety. These types of gamer girls are typically single and unmarried. Their game preferences center around RPG/FPS games because it allows them to be in control.
The third category, which makes up 24% of gamer girls, is called the “Minders”. These women tend to be older and not as social. They are typically satisfied with their lives, and game for themselves. They appreciate the challenge of the casual game.
The fourth category, which makes up 19% of the gamer girls, is called the “Bonder”. These ladies aren’t immersed in their games, unlike competitors. They tend to be social butterflies, and play games that allow them to bond with their family and friends. They enjoy the fun games have to offer with others who are close to them, but won’t game for the challenge or experience. They prefer socializing with other players.
The last category, which makes up 16% of gamer girls, is called the “Dabbler”. Dabblers game to pass the time, and don’t take any particular interest in socializing or competing. They see gaming as a pastime activity, and gravitate towards the simple puzzle games and card games.
In a nutshell, there are many different kinds of gamer girls who come in all sorts of colors, shapes, and sizes, just like guy gamers. Who knows, maybe someday videogames won’t be stereotyped as a “guy thing” anymore. Well…it doesn’t hurt to dream. So, nevertheless, gamer girls: which category do you fall under?