By my own admission, I have been neglecting my blog for the last ten days or so. This has been the result of a combination of factors and naturally, they’re game related. Firstly, my guild began hard modes in Icecrown Citadel and secondly, my second elemental shaman needed to be levelled faster than I had initially anticipated.
I woke up today to discover a lot of hits on my blog and further investigation led me to discover I’d been linked from wow.com as part of their look into patch 3.3 changes. As most bloggers will tell you, while we all do this for various reasons, there is a certain pride from having one of your articles become very widely read (and hopefully, appreciated). On that note, a huge thanks goes out to the lovely lady over at wow.com who was kind enough to give me a mention.
Back on the point….Needless to say, the above put me in an instantly good mood which is a rarity before my first coffee of the day. As I was wildly spamming my boyfriend with very specific details as to how many visitors I’d received, he linked an article to me. Upon reading it, I knew instantly that I could not resist featuring it here. It’s not shaman related, nor is it World of Warcraft related but it’s just too juicy to leave alone.
The article in question? You can find it here
I’ve been gaming for a long time. I was the only girl in a cutting edge PvE guild in one of the first MMOs to really tap into the raiding scene. (This was Everquest, for reference). I’ve witnessed first hand the attitude that girls don’t belong in high end guilds. Thankfully, this belief is quite dated and female gamers are now represented amongst the best guilds in the world. It hasn’t always been this way, however, and there are still some stigmas and stereotypes attached to girl gamers in general. Outside of MMOs, I’m an RTS player primarily, though I also have a weakness for turn based strategies (oh Civilization, how I have lost hours of my life to you.) To sum things up, I play a lot and more over, I take my gaming very seriously.
I want to state straight away that I’m of the belief that what a woman chooses to do with her body is precisely that; a choice – her choice. Providing that there is no exploitation involved, then the best of luck to her as far as I’m concerned. Never the less, this soon to be launching site (or service?) irks me a little in that it’s taken many years for a lot of the bias against female gamers to be chipped away.
I have mental images of chicks giggling into a webcam (pointed down their cleavage naturally) while whispering “oh my god! please be gentle! ohhh *squeeeeel* you got me!” (Please note, I’m quite sure this falls into the date category of “flirty” rather than “dirty” – I refuse to even imagine the second.)
On the other hand, I’m quite fascinated as to how much of a success it will prove to be. With $8.25 buying you approximately ten minutes of online game time with your chosen “playdate”, customers could find their charges adding up at a pretty extortionate rate.
There we have it ladies and gents (yes, there are a couple of male “playdates” ready for action), should you have an urge to pay for game time with one of their undoubtedly delightful members of staff, the site is launching in approximately four hours.
To the millions of ladies out there that enjoy genuinely kicking male ass online without the webcams or the giggling, keep it up and do it well!