Reiko’s Ramblings: Ahoy!

This place looks pretty cool.

Hello! I’m Reiko; I’m based out of the West Coast and a super avid Team Fortress 2-er. Any type of game out there I’ve probably played, along with reading a fair share of manga, anime, and Western comics. Those reviews will come another time, instead these Ramblings are a scientific field journal to gaming and the culture associated with it. I shall put on my exploring hat and get my compass, because I have a lot of ground to cover.

A typical night on any online game.

A typical evening on TF2.

I game a lot, usually every night for a substantial period of time. What do girl gamers play? I enjoy pretty much everything, but I have found a certain love for class-based shooters, namely TF2. A portion of my reviews will focus on TF2 class balance and shenanigans, but I also have a special place for comics and ridiculous console games. (Read: Vanquish) However, more and more games are focused on co-op or mmo aspects, and that leads to some interesting and bizarre experiences.

He just wants to sell you super absorbant towels!

One of the first things that always come up when I start gaming is that I’m a woman. Girl, chick, lady, pretty much any form of the word “female” and then some I’ve been called since playing online. I first started playing online games back in 2004-2005, and I have found that it’s a bit of a challenge to play games that need voice communication, such as Team Fortress 2, Left For Dead 2, and miscellaneous MMO’s. People, often of the male-type, are more than quick to point this out, as if we are still living in the 1990’s when it was rare to find a girl in an advanced math class, let alone playing Super Mario or Sonic the Hedgehog.

Either way, I don’t need to delve into the particular issue of in-game voice use, there have been many articles written about it over the years. Rather, I’ll focus on other issues to come. It is time to set sail into the great wonderland of gaming!

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