Girl Gamers Month: Meet Taylor Stein!

By corib3ar On 11 Sep, 2012 At 07:24 PM | Categorized As Featured, Girl Gamers | With 0 Comment

September is Girl Gamers Month!

As I’m sure you know by now, we’re running a feature during the month of September interviewing girl gamers and posting them on our site. Today, we feature Taylor Stein from GamerGirlTay.com

I wasn’t able to interview Taylor like I wanted to. She’s a very busy woman juggling college, work, and her blog. She did agree to do an email questionairre and I was more than happy to do that with her. Her site features lists, rants, and opinions that are generally overlooked by most people. A few of them like the Top 15 Video Game Dogs and Top 5 Legend of Zelda Swords emphasizes her ability to see beyond the game.

Meet Taylor Stein!

Describe yourself

My name is Taylor Stein, I’m a 22-year-old soon to be college graduate from Las Vegas, Nevada. I founded my own gaming site called GamerGirlTay.com to showcase my love of video games. Besides the wonders of my favorite hobby in the world, I enjoy writing, action-packed movies, exotic food, and staying active. I just recently concluded an internship with G4 and NBCUniversal and I’ve confirmed that the video game industry is where I want to be.

 

Tell us about your site GamerGirlTay.com

GamerGirlTay.com is the second website I’ve  founded, and it is just about 5 months old. My goal with the website is to share my personal journey throughout the world of video games. I figure, there are tons of news sites out there, but very few that provide and connect the reader with the author, especially not from a female perspective. GameGirlTay.com is a medium for both male and female gamers join in a discussion; to showcase thoughts, feelings, opinions, and rants with no pressure, just a communal love for video games.

 Xbox Live Points for Taylor Stein

What Consoles and Platforms do you own?

In terms of consoles, I own all of the following: NES, N64, Gamecube, Wii, Gameboy, Gameboy Pocket, Gamerboy Color, Gameboy Advance, Gameboy SP, DS, 3DS, PS2, PS3, Xbox, Xbox 360 and PC but my all time favorite is none other than the Nintendo 64.

 

What is your favorite game to play and your all time favorite game to play?

If I had to choose one that has filled a special place in my heart over the last few years, it would have to be the Mass Effect series, specifically Mass Effect 1. Despite the controversial conclusion to the franchise, I thoroughly enjoyed my journey saving the universe, kicking reaper ass, and seeming MY Commander Shepard in charge the entire time.

My favorite game of all time comes down to two old school heavy weights; Final Fantasy VII and Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. How can two games that have mastered innovation and that have succeeded in engaging the player be compared? If choosing one game means the other one can’t be included then I’m certainly stuck. They say two heads are better than one, that may be true, but I’d rather say two games are better than none.


What is your personal definition of a “Gamer”?

I define a “Gamer” as any individual who has a genuine interest or passion with video games. With casual games becoming more and more prevalent, and our moms and dads learning how to play Wii Sports and other motion games, the demographics of a gamer are definitely broadening. While I don’t feel that those who primarily play social games can necessarily relate to the overall gaming community, I do feel that we should be as inclusive as possible when deciding who is a gamer and who isn’t. So you only play Farmville, who cares. You might not be as dedicated or as hardcore as someone who owns multiple consoles, but the main thing is that you genuinely enjoy playing.

Taylor Stein

What kind of bias do you normally run into because you are a female and you game?

Surprisingly, I haven’t been met with many instances of bias or prejudice based on my gender in a video game setting. I know how to play, I know what I’m talking about , and that type of knowledge, and enthusiasm can usually be picked up on. Plus, most of the guys I’ve come across think it’s awesome to have another gamer around, male or female.

 

What’s your favorite stereotypical insult?

I haven’t personally been insulted in this way, but of course, “Go back to the kitchen and make me a sandwich” is a classic.

 

Do you ever try and hide the fact that you’re a girl to offset the negative responses you might get?

For games like Call of Duty where the average gamer isn’t very mature, intelligent, or respectful, I’ll sometimes play without a mic, not to avoid confrontation, but so I can focus on the game! Whenever I’m online, people always try to ask where I’m from, and how old I am, etcetera, and sometimes it’s just easier to avoid the distractions all together. No I’m not interested in meeting you in a CoD matchmaking lobby geez.

 

GamerGirlTay.com Header

 

What do you think the reasons are behind the bias?

Gender bias is an unfortunate consequence of any male dominated arena. Often, guys feel threatened to have others on their turf and rely on some type of action to keep that area as homogenous as possible. Pertaining the video games, there are some guys that simply believe that woman are incapable of playing and doing well, which is simply untrue. Previous prejudice combined with lack of contact with female gamers is the perfect recipe for a volatile male/female gaming space.

 

What’s your opinion of the marketing behind gaming and how they market towards females? What do you think they could change to make it more welcoming towards female gamers?

Games aimed toward females are related to fashion, becoming a pop star, or some type of care giving. Have you ever been to the “girl” section in Gamestop? It’s crazy what you can find there. Realistically, these titles are marketed towards young girls, not grown women, hence the subject matter, but they are ridiculous nonetheless. There is no exclusive zone for adult female gamers but there doesn’t necessarily have to be. Guys and girls should be free to play the same games.  To welcome more female gamers into the real game market, it wouldn’t hurt to witness more female representation in advertisements, commercials, and magazines. 90% of the people shown in any marketing campaign pertaining to video games are male because they are catering to the male demographic. In reality, women represent nearly half of the gaming population and it’s time to see that number represented in the ad sector.

 

What message would you like to give to female gamers to encourage them to be proud of themselves?

As female gamers, we don’t play to impress guys or to gain popularity, we  game because getting a headshot brings us intense joy; because guns, explosions, and epic boss fights define our existence. Don’t hide the fact that you have great aim or that you can perform a 20-hit-combo, it’s who you are so stand up and be proud. Some people might not understand why you have such a fascination with video games, but you don’t need them to understand. Video games are our hobbies, our passions, and that’s all there is to it.

 

Thank you so much, Taylor! Hopefully next time I’ll get the chance to talk to you but I know you’re busy getting ready to take over the video game industry 🙂

 

Other Girl Gamers:

Melissa C Feature Image for Jenny Haniver Portrait Picture of Samantha Warren

Melissa C

 

Related posts:

About - Blogger, Programmer, Zombie Survivalist Expert, Girl Gamer, Pianist, Super Geek, the Epitome of Awesome. Saying the things your mind tells you not to.

Leave a comment

You must be Logged in to post comment.