'Tag' sent me here, though I'm not sure if I'd be allowed in this group. I'm a Transwoman, which means I was born, physically, mostly male but I'm on the path to correct that. I have an interesting perspective on the sexes seeing as I was always somewhere in the middle yet not fully fitting either (which so sucks!)
Besides that, I've been a nerdy little gamer(Video/console/Tabeltop) since I was around 5 when I played Dungeons & Dragons for the first time with one of my older brothers(I have 2 of them). I own/have owned a lot of consoles in my life, including my still working Atari 2600 which I saved from my eldest brothers destructive hands. One of my past Roommates got me into playing shooter active games because the gu had an XBox and would only play Halo games, so one day I gave up and joined him, and discovered my love for the sniper rifle. That lead me to totally play the heck out of the Mass Effect and Gears of War franchises.
On my PC, I've played Diablo 1&2, Tribes2, Ultima Online, Final Fantasy, World of Warcraft, all the Warcraft and Starcraft games, City of Heroes(R.I.P), and several others.
In College, I also played different table top games, and card games like Magic: the Gathering, Marvel's Overpower, Legend of the Five Rings, and I dabbled in Pokemon(mostly because I was working in a comic book shop at the time.)
Sometimes I am shocked at how women are portrayed in the gaming world.
We are not the princess waiting to be saved by [Mario] nor are we dressing up as a boy to follow the link to are future.
We don't all have big boobs and where skimpy blue outfits and do cartwheels and kick men in the face.
Game developer interpretations of women aside I love being a gamer girl I have a PlayStation and a PlayStation two, an X Box 360 an old school still working Game Gear, and a Game boy Advanced with all of 2 games for it. I have played more computer games then I can remember and sometimes it seems like I live more on my computer then in reality which is fine with me.
I am an artist and I love gaming the hours around a kitchen table playing Dungeons & Dragons dose more for inspiring my art then all the museum trips I have ever taken.
When I started going to my live action roll play group many years ago I was a little shocked to be the 3ed girl on sight with a bout 30boys running a round swinging there foam swords. At next event I was shocked to see there was 5 of us, two having missed the event before, and that there was ready 45+ men in that group. We are such a small present sometimes and I love the attention the geeky boys and the knightly men show us in game but we are so often looked over as being no use on the battle field or someone needing to be protected.
What it's like to be a woman making games
There's been a lot of anger creeping into my corner of the internet. Anger about the unequal or insensitive treatment of women and minorities, specifically within the game industry. Ref. Source 3
It took them long enough to get the blue screen out of their software so goofing on something like this shouldn't be surprised. Yet I don't know what the buzz is about, this is how women are portrayed in video game advertising. Are they going to change that if more women game designers come on board? I doubt it.
Why sexual harassment is worse than other types of abuse online
While many women gamers can shrug off much of the name-calling and abuse they receive while playing online video games, sexual harassment sticks with them even when they're offline. Ref. Source 7s.
Women have it hard, they always have to prove themselves and when they come to they are looked on like sex objects. That is so evidenced in what happened above. Maybe this can be corrected by putting the men in this position to bring everything to an equal ground but I notice when men are used people generally see it as "Gay" even in the gaming world. Besides that no one is going to put clothes on their female characters because that won't be good for sales.