Still mid-Fall of Reach. I'm totally new to the Halo universe, but this has certainly gotten me interested. There isn't a movie why? Looking forward to more reading time when exams are done with.
Speaking of reading, it's always interesting to read cross-gender characters. By that, I mean female characters written by a male author, or male characters written by a female author. I can't speak for most males by females, as that is my frame of reference too. I did run across this today. The strip is several years old, and gaming seems to have become a lot more mainstream, but I have never run across someone with that "omg gurlz cant gaem, ur fake" mentality. I don't know anyone who has. That seems, so far, to be the basis of this character. I'm not saying there aren't people like that out there, just that it's another unfair gamer stereotype.
This is a much longer rant, and I'm going to try to keep it short. I really hate this "girl gamer" mentality. I don't hate people who identify as such. I don't. I hate that it implies that we have to be kept in a separate category. It's not just games. Girls have to have their own books, their own tool sets, their own movies, their own songs... and 99% of this stuff is utter crap. (Especially the tool sets, pink doesn't make a cheap screwdriver more efficient) The really good stuff (classified here as strong women kicking butt, literally or metaphorically) is the stuff that doesn't make a big deal out being for girls. Sucker Punch, for example, is one of my absolute favorite movies, and not just because there were was a mech fighting steam-powered zombies and dirigibles set to a decent White Rabbit remake. The ending absolutely had me in tears, and it's a rare story that can do that. (See also the end of Season 8, which is a love story, no less. And part of the reason I had to buy all of the DVDs. )
Before this rant takes over, I do want to reiterate. I don't need girl games, because I'm not a girl gamer. I need good games. I don't need to be treated differently by game companies, and I am very rarely treated differently by game players. If someone is a dick, they'll find something to be dickish about anyway.
Don't be a dick.