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Do you have what it takes to be a G.I.R.L.?


So Sony is once again giving away a $10,000 scholarship to an American student currently enrolled in an undergraduate program relating to video game art, design, animation, production or visual effects through their G.I.R.L. or "Gamers in Real Life" scholarship program. The winning student is also eligible for a 10 week internship position with one of SOE's studios. The best thing though... nowhere does it state that the applicant has to be a female!

I like this. Sony has class in supporting a student who will improve the image of women in games, but is also not sexist in realizing that this could be a man or woman. Part of the semi-finals consists of writing an essay on "how the entrant could improve the image of women within video games and how the entrant's improvements could facilitate the creation of games that more women will play" which I found to be an interesting question.

It seemed that every idea I came up with... well, it would attract just as many men to a game as it would women.

1.) Bigger closets! Yeah, we women do love to change our clothes! You know what... so do men. Look at games like MAG, SOCOM or Oblivion and it seems to me that men like to customize their attire to reflect their own personalities too. They took away the Raven balaclava at one point in the beta testing process for MAG and there was instantly a thread complaining about it... by guys! :)

2.) More realistic looking females. Again, characters like Elena and Zoe in Uncharted 2 or the female Shepherd in Mass Effect 2 seem to be just as popular with men as they are with women!

3) Decent female avatars in online shooter games... well R6:Vegas did this, Uncharted 2's online mode has great female avatars... this too is gradually being done (though more devs need to take note).

4) Cooperative gameplay. Once again, co-op games seem to be currently all the rage with both men and women. I guess it's not a female thing to want to work with others!

The Imagine games apparently sell decently, and they are aimed primarily at younger girls... but please! Their MUST be a better way to have girls take an interest in gaming. I'm personally at a loss... I think a good game is a good game. Some minor tweaks might encourage more women to game, but I honestly think that young kids nowadays are all gamers. There won't be a need to get "girls into gaming" by the time the next generation grows up because they may not realize that girls aren't supposed to like gaming.

Anyway, just a quick blog and a few thoughts.... and for anyone interested in applying, here's some linkage for you! In all honesty, if you're female it's probably helpful in winning the scholarship... but I guess if you have some killer artwork and some good ideas, anyone can win!


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About Elsaone of us since 2:27 PM on 01.25.2009

I'm 55 years old. I'm female, a cancer survivor, happily married, and retired from the work force... and I spend way too much time gaming. I enjoy long walks on the beach, with a gun, sometimes with my husband - shooting n00bs.
I not only like to shoot people, I also enjoy cooking and crafting. Mostly I make my own armor in games like Skyrim and cook my own potions after a busy day of hacking and slashing my way through various critters, guards and bandits in most any WRPG game.

If you're into a threesome or foursome with a mature couple, then come join us - only be sure to bring a med kit. We're old, sometimes we fall down and can't get back up without some help!

PSN: Elsa
XBL: Elssa62
(I currently have an Xbox 360, PS3, PS4, PSVita, a barely functioning PSP, and a variety of iOS/Android devices)

Recent Favorites:
MAG (over 2000 hours!)
Dragon's Dogma
Portal 1&2
Sacred 2
Demon Souls/Dark Souls
Bioshock series
Elder Scrolls Series (Oblivion and Skyrim)
Fallout series
Tomb Raider series
Dragon Age series
Resistance series
Killzone Series
Left 4 Dead 2
Mass Effect Series
Far Cry Series
Destiny (strangely addicting)

Some blogs I wrote that I like:

Fun Facts about Females
Casting Call: Chester the Skeleton
Help, Help! I'm being repressed
Girls with Guns
Guess the Gender
A Girl's Guide to FPS Gaming
Me and My Chainmail Bikini...
Adopt a Troll!
Fanboy Wars - the game!
Me and my digital dick
Invisibility of the older woman
Feminist Frequency and Relevance

Some of my Promoted C-Blogs:
Undies and a Knife
He dumped me! That Bastard!
Love/Hate: Being a Girl Gamer
The Future: The Year is 2029
My Expertise: Leader of Men
The Great Escape: From Physical Pain
More than Just Noise: Boom Headshot!
2010 Sucked: Game Addiction Issues
Technical Difficulties: He teabagged me!

Email: exrecruiter.at.msn.com


Xbox LIVE:Elssa62


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