Friday, August 17, 2007

Girl Gamer?

Woo, had no idea the whole "Girl gaming" was becoming such a sensation.

Check out this female gamer's take on the scene:

Play Like a Girl...

I identify with her - I was also there when female gamers were oddities and out of fashion. I managed to find one of the only other female gamers in my school, and we had a blast playing games together.

It's still seen as different in SA - I get happy looks when I buy a NAG magazine ("Oh, you're into gaming?"). Generally the attitude here is positive (from what I can tell). I'm not sure if it's just guys being happy they've finally got someone to oggle at while spectating...

However her tirade at girl gamers identifying themselves as female was off-putting. Especially my blog being what it's named :P I suppose when I named it such, I was being a bit satirical - I certainly don't think of myself as a very good gamer. Sure I can crack a game on easy, medium if I feel like a challenge. But it's like sports - I've always thrown a ball like a girl, run like a girl, and squealed like a girl. I also game like a girl :) Maybe I should have been more specific - Play it like Linda, since I certainly view myself as unique. Maybe to be more Politically Correct, I should change it to "Play it like a homo sapien" hehehe.

End of Story

It did come on Friday - had to wait until 7 at work for it, but it did come. :P

They gave me a completely different case, which is ok because it looks better than the new-age gaming case they wanted to give me. I did spend the weekend wondering if I got the wrong PC though. :(

Graphics card gave me a few problems, until I installed the latest drivers.

I was also having unknown blue screen crashes, until I disabled some of the startup applications. (This is on a clean installation with a few essential utils installed for freak sake, it was probably that annoying Adobe automatic update Grrrrr).

The good news is that the system is awesome! Playing Overlord on full graphics is out of this world. And guess what? Played Oblivion on full as well, and my PC didn't even shrug at it. :D Heroes 5 is insane - no stutters at all.

2 months later... and the Core 2 Duo E6750 is out for the same price, but 0.5GHZ faster. 0.o My boyfriend's getting a better machine than me for the same price.
But that's the way it'll always go with the PC industry. Wait a few months, and you can always get a better deal.

Take my new DVD-Writer for example, last year it was double the price, now it's the same price I paid for my DVD-Rom/CDWriter (At the time it was around R600, and I said... nah...).

Take my advice - if you're compensating for something, don't get into the PC Gaming scene. There will always be someone with a rig better than you, and you'll have to sell your liver to get the top system...