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It was hard for me to think of an "expertise" that I might have. I suck at platforming games, I do pretty good at FPS games (but I'm certainly no expert) and I'm just very average at most other game genres. However, I do think that I have some level of expertise as a "leader of men". I have a MAG medal to prove it. It says so right there -- "Leader of Men". Even if you get that medal, you will still not be a leader of me for I am a woman, and the medal is only for being a leader of "men". If you are a man, then yes, I am your leader!
I'm also often a clan leader, mostly because nobody invites me to join the clan I want to be in, so I rank up and start a clan. I make sure I send out invites to members of the Web site that want into the clan and I appoint officers. I used to lead a Warhawk and a Killzone clan and currently I'm the defacto "leader" of the Dtoid MAG clan for Raven. Proof yet again that I am a leader of men, for I am "Clan Leader"... of men!
Note: This is not a serious "monthly musing." It started out as a rant against the use of "gentlemen", "good job men", the "leader of men" and "Mr. Badwrench" (which for some reason sounds vaguely sexy!) medals in MAG. But then this evolved into the idea that if they want to make me a leader of "men," then dammit, I accept!
It just pisses me off that devs offer excuses about no female avatars because of the animations when it's quite apparent that they never considered that women might play their game at all! How hard is it to have the end game voiceover say "good job Ravenor Good job soldiers, troops, recruits. There's four options right there that apparently the entire Zipper design team didn't clue in to. Still, if they want to be sexist, that can work in my favor! (and I do try to look at things from a more humourous angle rather than getting bent out of shape about it.)