Why I Game: Madison

I never considered myself a gamer. To me, gamers were boys that spent their lives behind first person shooters, who devoted their time to the perfect car heist, or went on adventures with Link and Zelda. I didn’t fit the criteria that made a gamer and I wasn’t sure I wanted to be: I loved to read books, geek out over movies, I wore dresses, and it took me a year to learn what people meant when they were “playing COD”. But really, I’ve been playing video games for as long as I can remember. I became a gamer girl without even realizing it when I turned seven because of two discoveries: Kingdom...

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Why I Game: Kates

I wasn’t an avid gamer growing up, but the first–and possibly only–truly “in” thing I ever got was an original Nintendo back in 1987. I didn’t have tons of games, and I was terrible at pretty much all of them (except Paperboy; to this day, I still don’t know anyone else who completed the entire week. And no, you don’t get anything special for it.). But I loved it. I rarely played video games with friends, but I always enjoyed the challenge. As I got older, I discovered that the dexterity I displayed in playing the piano didn’t translate to video...

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Why I Game: Jocelyn

I need to clarify something; I’m not a big gamer. I never played N64 with my dad at a young age, and I’ve never spent hours lost in World of Warcraft. But I do enjoy games, and especially, perhaps even more nerdy, I like watching people play games. When Skyrim came out I was at university, and my housemate would play for hours and I would watch and occasionally instruct. Games are awesome, and although I may not be a pro, I do like them a lot. The problem is, I’ve never really been a console gamer. When I was a child I was addicted to SSX3 on PlayStation 2, but that was about the only game I...

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Why I Game: Dani

I am a gamer for many reasons… My dad and brother got me into gaming as a kid (Atari, Nintendo, Sega), and then my husband help develop my inner nerd (FPS/MMO/ARPG) . I love being able to immerse myself in a world that is different then what I live in. I deal with a lot of chronic pain and just feel awful most of the time, gaming is how I escape it a bit. It’s my way to relax and have a good time. Not to mention some challenge me in a thrilling way! Plus I get to enjoy dressing toons up in a way I would NEVER dress out in the real world, teehee. I have also met some of the most...

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Girl Museum has partnered with Ladies of the Round Table!

We are very excited to announce that we are an official academic partner of the Ladies of the Round Table! On January 25, our very own Tiffany Rhoades will be a guest of the #LORTLIVE weekly videocast at 9:30 pm EST. She’ll be talking girls, gaming, and STEM with the incredible ladies of LORT. Tiffany will also be spotlighting our largest exhibition to date, Gamer Girl, which explores the diverse world of girls in gaming and featured many incredible girls and women from the gaming community. So what exactly is LORT? Ladies of the Round Table and Round Table Media is an advocacy group whose...

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Why I Game: Emily Lawry

I was relatively old before I started gaming, mainly because my mother had decided there was something vaguely unhealthy about it. My sister and I were more wooden abacus and jigsaw children. However I can’t remember a time as a girl when I didn’t deeply covet my friends’ Gameboys and neat rows of PC games. As a young girl I was an extremely quiet and shy being – finding friends was a terrifying impossibility for me. When a close school friend introduced me to Neopets, a magical 2D world of my own that I could explore without fear, I was completely hooked. It didn’t matter that our computer...

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Why I Game: Jupiter Hadley

I game because I used to dabble in game development. When I was younger, I used to play online multiplayers like Minecraft to meet friends and escape the everyday drama. There, I met an indie game developer, who created games he wanted to play. I knew games were made by people, but I never thought about a single person making a game. I then threw myself into game development for a while. You see, making a game is hard. There are so many things that can go wrong and loads to remember. A misplaced semicolon can break your game. I made a couple of simple, arcade styled games, but it really was...

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Why I Game: Michelle

I don’t think I ever really identified myself as a gamer. In that regard I must admit to having fallen for the stereotype of society. The unkind kind of stereotype of a guy living in his parents basement, glued to his computer screen. Not me, a girl with long blonde hair with a fondness for vintage dresses and country music. I suppose even I who am always preaching to my younger siblings about not falling for generalised stereotypes, fall for them at times. The truth is that I grew up on computer games. My dad has always worked in the IT industry and been passionate about them. So my sister...

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Gamer Girl Spotlight: Interview with Geek Piñata

  For our Gamer Girl exhibit, I had the pleasure of interviewing Crystal, who runs the Geek Piñata blog on gamer and geek girl fashion. So, let’s start with the basics.  How did gaming become a part of your life? When I was 6, my next-door neighbor had a Nintendo and I became obsessed! I would always be at her house playing Super Mario Bros., Duck Hunt, Popeye and Paperboy nonstop. My father saw how much I loved it and eventually got us an Apple IIe with a ton of games on floppy disk for me to play which was a lot of fun. Then SNES came out and my uncle bought it for me for my birthday...

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Why I Game: Kat

I game because it is fun! I like to be the hero and save the day in games.  It is a great feeling I get when challenging my hand/eye coordination and succeeding at a game. Gaming has been a wonderful part of my life.  It is stress reducing and relaxing.  Gaming gives me a feeling of control when I feel things are a little out of control. I’ve made a lot of good friends both male and female through gaming.  In a lot of cases it was a social lubricant for me to interact with people I otherwise would have been too nervous to talk to.  Games are a conversation starter and a great excuse to...

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