Maxim’s Gamer Girl has really been a hot topic around the Interwebs lately. When my roommate came upstairs and told me about the competition, my mind flew around about a mile a minute. A million different conflicting emotions were taking their turn in the forefront, from “I hate the term gamer girl” to “Awesome, fetishizing my hobbies.” and even a, “Great, another missed opportunity.”
But despite all the brain chaos, the resounding theme in my head was, “I can not win – I’m not good enough.”
So I didn’t enter. I watched as my roommate made her profile and my feed filled up with talk of objectification and the like, taking part in everything but the contest itself. And as I was editing my roommates video, I completely facepalmed myself. WHY exactly should I feel like I’m not good enough? The criteria of the contest is thus – a female who plays games. And though the term “gamer” is broad enough now that it includes even the casual videogame or playing Mario that one time, who cares? I have the two qualifications that were needed to enter the competition. Video games fill my shelves, and last I checked, I had a vagina. Combine newly not giving a fuck with a video bio, and the end result became “Why I Wont Win Maxim’s Gamer Girl!”Please enter the url to a YouTube video.
What happened next completely blew my brain. The video that I uploaded to Maxim and also IHOGeek’s YouTube exploded with people’s reactions. Some were negative, I got called a couple of names, there were underfed trolls running amok. But the majority of the responses were positive, from female gamers who understood to well the frustration that I was feeling when I made it.
I’m very new to this self promotion thing, and I never know what is and isn’t considered tacky. From where it stands now, the reality is that I wont win. But if everyone who took the time to watch the video would waste another two minutes and vote, things could change. You can vote once a day until May 25th if you visit http://www.maximgamergirl.com/killerrqueen. Do it for every time you’ve felt like an underdog yourself.