I should have known that it wasn’t worth clicking and reading this article, because any headline with the phrase “Gamer Girl” tends to be problematic to some extent. Today’s IGN 2010 Gamer Girl Gift Guide recommends a list of holiday gift ideas that they think every girl gamer would want. At one point in the list they even say that one of the gifts is “a little for her and a lot for you”. That’s some good advice right there guys, make sure to buy the gamer girl in your life a present that actually benefits you instead of her. She’ll love that.
The list is all stereotypical items that we’ve all seen before. It’s everything from pink XBox 360 contollers, plushies, babydoll t-shirts, and pink DSi’s. All women love pink, they all love bearing their midriffs and fawning over ‘cute’ stuffed animals. Don’t you know that?
Even more annoying than the list of items, is how they chose to spice up the article with pictures. Each item recommendation is accompanied by a picture of a half named female model, posing with the suggested gift.
Enter: the first ever Gamer Girl Gift Guide, where we make suggestions that are sure to please the geeky gamer on your list… or win over (through sheer force of cuteness and awesomeness) any lady who is teetering on the edge of fandom.
We know it’s hard picking gifts and can even be boring when all you’re doing is looking at product shots… so we decided to spice it up by inviting our favorite Babeology models to help showcase them. Goodwill toward men is what we’re all about.
They’re not even disguising the fact that this guide isn’t meant to serve as a legitimate gift guide to make a man’s girlfriend happy. It’s a guide with gifts that should help him motivate your girlfriend to stay playing games (because having a gamer girlfriend makes a guy SO LUCKY), get him laid, show his girlfriend’s body off, and they’ve illustrated it with scantily clad women. There isn’t even a single GAME on the list. It’s all cutesy accessories and t-shirts, none of which would actually satiate the gamer in me.
My personal Christmas list would be a lot less sexist. It would contain Kinect, a DSi in any color other than pink, a new computer chair, a second monitor, one of those adorable WoW mini-pets that Blizzard are selling, a new mousepad with more wrist support, and perhaps a few more PC games. There’s nothing wrong with wanting plushies and cute accessories, but it’s obvious that this article picked out items that their models would look good posing with.
All of the commentary in this article is written with a male audience in mind. There is no mention that perhaps a woman would want to be buying a ‘gamer girl’ a present. It’s not inclusive to other relationship options, it’s completely heterocentric. Once again, a guide written by a man for men and about women – and it’s missed the mark as usual.