Hm... I'm honestly not sure how to answer this. A possibly better question might have been if there was a problem with the concept existing, i.e., if the idea of Gamer/Geek/Nerd girls should be considered separate from the idea of Gamers/Geeks/Nerds. If you put it like that, then yes, there is a problem with the concept existing because there is no reason for G/G/N to be differentiated based on gender. And this, of course, doesn't take into consideration the potential unnecessariness of the existence of the concept of G/G/N of any gender, because I believe people should just be allowed to do their own thing.
On the other hand, if you want me to take the question at face value: is there a problem with the existence of girls who are G/G/N, then the answer is No, because, again, everyone has a right to like what they like as long as it doesn't harm anyone.
I just hate all the ditsy little girls who pretend to be into all that stuff just for guys' attention. It makes the rest of us look bad. Or the ones who scream to the world about how much of a "geek/nerd" they are. It's kind of like, can't you just be into what your into without shouting it in everyone's face in some silly attempt to look cool?
Like, sure, I grew up playing video games and being into things that would be considered "nerdy/geeky". A lot of my interests are adopted from my parents (for example, my mom is super into Starwars, and so I like Starwars too because we watched it when I was younger and I enjoyed it), or are the product of the fact that I grew up around guys because I mostly hung out with my younger brother and his buddies as a kid (and still do a lot). But to me, it's just something that I enjoy doing and that I'm interested in. I don't do what I do to be cool, I do it because I enjoy it. I just can't really stand all these silly little bimbos flapping around just to seem interesting (and guys do it too, y'all are just as guilty of doing things to try and look cool or get attention, seriously).
......... I didn't think there was a problem except for usual sexism. Are that many people really bagged on for being a female geek/nerd? I don't usually see people with a problem about a player being female, and when it was, they were just over-all sexist.
As a geek/nerd/gamer girl YES! there are so many problems for us. If anyone finds out I'm a girl while playing COD I will get at least 5 date proposals in three seconds. Then people start treating me differently, either focusing on me going extra hard to 'prove she can't do it' or going easy 'because she's a girl'. And that's just one thing.
I have complete gender confusion sometimes. In games, I always assume myself to be male, unless if the character is obviously female. But then, when people talk to me in real life, I sometimes answer in a "masculine" way, and then people give me weird looks. I go to my school's engineering and electronics clubs, where I am the only girl. It kind of annoys me when a teacher comes in, and they're like "Oh, you're here?", like I should be at drama club or something. I am genuinely not sure what gender I am, really.
Of course I wouldn't like it if someone is truly only pretending to be a geek when they honestly hate it. But until you can show me how to tell these people apart from casual geeks with 100% accuracy, I'll continue to assume the best about people.
In my opinion, is that the reason that many people say girls can't be a true nerd/geek is the fact that some girls (not most, but some) think it's "cute" to be a "nerd" and in reality,actually they are not. Also, the original geeks and nerds were male, not beacause only true nerds and geeks, but beacause comic books and science were considered to be male gender-specific, which it is not.
A geek/gamer is a geek/gamer. If being harassed because of gender is anything like being mocked for being a "noob", then I'd like to apologize to the "lady" gamers out there on behalf of the rest of us.
As a girl gamer, I personally am not seeing a lot of the pestering that I'm seeing a lot of people mention in the comments. But maybe that's mostly because I usually play one-player games (Portal, Skyrim, etc.) with the exception being Team Fortress 2. But Team Fortress 2 in general has a very awesome community of players. Also there is no character creation, so there's not really anyway to tell I am a girl. But if they do, and on the rare, rare occasion when someone says some snide comment or joke, usually someone else steps up and says "Hey, there are lots of girl players. Is there anything wrong with her being a girl? No? Then shut up so we can play." I've actually co-founded a competitive team, and of our 10 members, 4 are girls.
I am a girl, and I am a gamer. I don't hide that. So I guess I see no problem with girls being gamers. However, it really annoys me when girls just do it to get attention. You shouldn't do it for that, that's just stupid. Game because you want to, because you enjoy it. If you don't enjoy it, then why bother?
Wouldn't see why not. Most people don't think that way, though. I remember when I was still a fanatic Jedi Knight: Jedi Outcast player (really the only game I was genuinely fucking good at) people who knew I was a girl would tell me to go outside and play with dolls or cook, because that's what girls were supposed to do.
Or I'd totally kick their asses and they wouldn't believe my age nor my gender, which was frustrating at some point. Now I simply take that as a compliment.
But the fact that i CAN take it as a compliment is sowhat weird. Then again.... secretly. SECRETLY. I enjoy the fact that some gamer guys find it a major turn on that I game maybe just as much as they do, hehe. Yeah, I guess I'm a little bit of a hypocrite at that point.
NeedlegunsFeatured By OwnerFeb 9, 2013Hobbyist General Artist
I don't think it's a problem.
I would like to say I hate the stereotype that girls suck at games, though. When I girl makes a mistake while playing a game, the usual response would be something like "Typical, girls are all awful at videogames". And then when a man makes the mistake it's usually not even noticed...
I believe everyone should play what they want without having to worry about 'fitting in'. If a girl likes a video game, hey good for her. She just shouldn't force herself to like one to match her boyfriend. I'm a girl who has always enjoyed games. I may not like shoot-em-up games, or high intensity games, but I still enjoy something that lets me escape the real world.
For so many women, they have to disguise their character as men so they don't get all unnecessary attention. When I first started to get into online gaming, I had joined Dungeons and Dragons online. I was pestered enough of being asked "Are you really a girl?" and if dinner was burning that I eventually restarted as a male character to avoid it. Many male gamers are polite to women, but it's those who decide that we don't belong on 'their turf' that drive so many of us away from these things. This doesn't just apply to video games either, it applies to card games, fandoms, hobbies, and sports.
I am one and the problem are the others. Everytime I play with my buddies they are focusing on me. After every little mistake I do, they talk like the whole day about it. Before a game it is like "oh, the feeder is there" or something like that, and the others answers, it is ok, she is a girl. So for them girls are probably something bad in the gamerzone...
The husband and I game together so often we had to set up 2 tv's side by side, we also enjoy an eclectic variety of animes and play pokemon and magic. I love being a nerd, just upsets me when you get girls AND guys who are like "herp derp I'm a GAMER BROOOOO LOLZ" and play nothing but COD or Battlefield because it's mainstream, or play filler games to up their gamer score. I remember the days before such achievements and you could roll around on the carpet cause you stabbed grunty in the face or cleaved ganon a new pixil.
When I get a girlfriend and eventually, when I get a wife, one of my missions will be to turn them into a gamer. Mwuahahahaha!!!!!!
But on a serious topic, it's hard for girls to play games sometimes, especially online games, seeing as the second, SECOND, boys find out a girl is playing, non stop pestering ensues. If, said girl states they're a girl solely for attention, well shame on them, and unfortunately, they might be getting negative attention. However to other percentage who just wish to play games like everyone else, they shouldn't be judged or penalised for doing so.
The constant 'girls don't play games' I see on the Internet really, really irritates me. Gender shouldn't ever have to come into play in such case. A girl and boy can both enjoy a game/series/fandom. There shouldn't be a split.
I dislike the ones that only do it for attention, simply because by existing they reinforce the stereotype that a girl who's into "geeky" things is just doing it to attract guys. I'm a far more hardcore gamer than most guys I know, but because I'm a girl I'm obviously only doing it for attention
Whenever a guy finds out I play video games, they're always so shocked. I resisted hitting a guy with my sketch pad when he tried to explain to me that I was 'mistaken' and then asked me if I knew how a PS3 worked.
Nevermind that my sketch pad was open on a drawing of Chell from Portal. -_-
My little sister is the serious gamer in the family. She's going to school for game design and we often joke with her that she hangs out with guys all the time, because really, she is one of the very few girls in the program. In fact, I don't know if there are any other than her. She, then, makes fun of my "gamer rage" so it all works out. I'm a casual gamer myself, Nintendo specifically, but I'm starting to branch out into PS2 and PS3. Legend of Zelda is my all-time favorite video game franchise and I'll be damned if anyone tries to tell me I can't call myself a gamer just because I don't play all hours of the day.
NimmeryFeatured By OwnerFeb 6, 2013Student General Artist
This argument. I can't even. I'm a big gamer but hate the term Gamer girl. Why do I have to call myself a girl when defining myself. But when it comes to the "posers" or the girls who try to be nerdy for the sake of getting attention is shameful. You like what you like but if you HAVE to announce that you like something to make people like you, THAT'S a problem. Personally, I don't see a problem with us "existing" and it hurts to see that people actually don't want us there.
I'm one, and so no there's no problem, but I hate how we're sometimes treated as a novelty, or over sexualised by guys just finding it sexy that we like the same things they do. While I appreciate the fact they like it, it's not like we're doing it for them, so I guess what I'm trying to say is stop looking at gender all together.
If you find a girl gamer, she's just a girl who happens to be a gamer. Don't make assumptions of her personality based on that one interest, and don't make her seem like a novelty or a toy to be collected.
I kind of feel like we've moved into an era where gamer girls are a thing now, and the people who had a problem with us basically don't exist anymore. And now girls have realized that they are populous enough that they can say "Hey! There's room for us too!" And guys are just thinking... "Yeah. Yeah we know. Get over yourselves."
... I am sick of people having a problem I exist. I'm nerdy. I'm geeky. I play games (even though I'm bad) because I like them. I will get most esoteric references to my fandoms. Also, guys? We're the quiet ones. So are you, I get it, but we talk to guys who talk to us. Just saying.
My sister and I are female gamers/nerds/geeks and we don't do it for attention we do it because we enjoy it and it's fun. Also from personal experience, I find the conversations are way better than conversations about fashion, nails, hair, etc.
Now the next poll you need to put up is: How many females voted for the 'not at all option'.
I hate talking about video games in public. I feel that if I say one bad thing about CoD in front of a guy (and I have plenty of things to say about the franchise) I'll automatically be called a "fake", and the same for two friends of mine that love games as well. I honestly don't understand why there's such a horrible stereotype for "Girl Gamers".
Geek-ism or nerd-ism or whatever you want to call it is for all genders! And though I agree it's not ok when just done for attention it's hard to define who does a doesn't do it for that reason. There are many girls accused of just claiming to play games for the attention of being 'special' to guys when they in fact are truly into the things they talk about and love something like Star Wars or Left 4 Dead just as much as some other dude. However there are the few that do it for the attention. Just to clarify though there's a difference between liking Star Wars and playing angry birds or mario kart every once in a while and being a Star Wars fanatic and being a real gamer. I know of someone in particular who always talks about how she's such a nerd and a gamer. But she hardly ever plays any games other than farmville on facebook and every time I'm in a serious gaming conversation she has to randomly jump into change the conversation because she's not interested, etc.
Alright I'm done now, sorry... I just have strong feelings!