Post #10: Zero Sight: Bad Call

Hello my lovelies!

Today I want to talk to you about a really cool short film called Zero Sight: Bad Call. I was contacted by the lovely group of women who created it and they asked me to watch it. I did, and it was great!

Great, huh?

If you didn’t watch it, basically it’s about this gamer Veronica who is suddenly finds herself with great power in her hands. She steals a cell phone which has the power to kill people with a simple text message! I won’t give any more away because I don’t want to spoil it, but I will say that it’s definitely great!

One thing that I love about this short film is that it shows a female gamer in a good light. She’s not masculine or overly aggressive, but she’s not over-feminized or trivialized either. Because the women who created this film are gamers themselves, they respect female gamers and make a point not to make Veronica, or anyone else for that matter, merely an object or a sex symbol. That doesn’t mean Veronica as a character can’t be attractive; it just means that’s not the main point of her character. That’s what I like about this film. Rather than making it about the fact that she’s a girl, she just happens to be a gamer girl who also happens to be a badass!

In short, I think this is a great short film that respects the genre and is tons of fun! These ladies have done an amazing job with it and I can’t wait to see more from them! I definitely recommend you check it out!

To hear my College Girl Uncensored interview with Liz Rizzo, the director of the project, check it out here.

Loved it? Have a question? Want to see your video on our site? Email me at domesticmajestic@gmail.com!

~ ❤ ~

Taylor

P.S. Zero Sight: Bad Call is a Stage 5 TV production and is part of their Continuum Channel. Used with permission. A big thanks to Paige and Liz for contacting me!

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Post #9: Gamer Girl Writer Wanted!

Hello lovelies!

As some of you may know, I’m trying to revamp and this site and my radio show! For this reason, I’ve decided that I want to bring on another gamer girl contributor to work with NightHawk42 (who’ll be back soon!).

As many of you know, I have never been good at video games, so I am looking for a gamer girl contributor to do one post every two weeks on the site. You would work with NightHawk42 and myself to bring the readers really great information about relationships, gaming, and being a gamer girl. Sometimes you would have specific writing assignments, but other times you would be able to write about whatever you want! This is an unpaid position, but it would provide great exposure and it would be tons of fun! Plus, you may also be able to help me host my radio show, which is loosely connected to the blog! I really think this blog could be big, and I would love to start building a great team of writers. 🙂

If you’re interested in writing, send your name, your pen name (if you want to use one), a picture (for the site if you’re chosen), and a two paragraph writing sample to domesticmajestic@gmail.com. The sample can just be a quick review of a game you like! If I like your application, I will email you back with more details!

Thanks! And tell your friends! 🙂

THE DEADLINE IS TOMORROW AT MIDNIGHT EST!! It would be longer but I need someone by Friday! 🙂 If you have special circumstances though, email me and I will try to work something out with you!

June: A New Beginning

Hello my lovelies!

I just wanted to apologize to you all for not updating! With finals and starting the podcast, as well as being locked out of my email for this site, things had gotten a little crazy. However, as the title suggests this June is going to be a new beginning for us! I am going to develop a weekly update schedule so that there aren’t any more gaps where I don’t update.

I’m also going to start branching out a bit more and including more posts about relationships in general. Don’t worry, my focus will still be on dating a gamer, I’m just going to expand my reach a bit by covering other pieces of relationships. Gamers are people too, so it would be silly to assume that every minute of dating a gamer is centered around his gaming! (And if it is, dump that sucker!)

I’m also going to keep updating my podcast, College Girl Uncensored! This podcast is mainly about sexuality and sexual health, but it also covers relationships! This means that I can answers your questions in more than one format! If you wanna listen to this podcast, you can find it at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/collegegirluncensored

Well, I think that’s all for this post! Again, I apologize for the delay but I want you all to know that I have never been more dedicated to this site and to you! I think we have some exciting things in the future and I hope you’ll continue to read, listen, and tell your friends!

~ ❤ ~

Taylor

Let’s Play: A Short Explanation

Hey there, my lovely trollmates!

Let me just take a second to thank you all for reading! I absolutely LOVE this blog, and I hope you guys are just as enthusiastic about it as I am!

That being said, lets get into our topic, shall we? 🙂

Today’s topic is Let’s Play videos!

Ladies, ever been on YouTube watching Jenna Marbles when all of a sudden you see a suggestion that says “Let’s Play Minecraft/Slender/Skyrim”? Ever wondered what that was?

Basically, here’s the answer to that question:

A “lets play” video is basically the guy equivalent to makeup tutorials or cute videos. Lets Play videos are what happens when somebody films their screen while playing a game. So instead of taping you from your webcam, you basically film the screen. So Lets Play videos are like a way for guys to watch other people they don’t know play video games instead of doing it themselves.

As crazy as that sounds, guys (and gamer girls!) love this kind of video, especially when it’s by someone either really great at the game or really weird or funny or crazy.

For instance, PewDiePie is a really popular guy for let’s plays videos. Here’s one for Minecraft:

Clearly, it’s pretty entertaining. Even if you aren’t a gamer, lets play videos can be pretty entertaining. The ones for Slender are pretty scary, because that game is like, shit your pants jumpscares, but still pretty fun!

“But Taylor,” you ask, “Why would you spend a whole post on Let’s Play videos?” Because, darlings, in the weeks to come I will be doing posts that focus on one particular game, meme, site, or other part on Internet “nerd” culture, and lets plays will be a big part of the ones on games!

So, stay tuned trollmates! There’s more fun in store!

~ <;3 ~

Taylor

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photocred to tgnMinecraft

Post #3: Boom Headshot! 4 Gamer Stereotypes Debunked

Hello there my lovely trollmates!

For this post, I’m going to talk about stereotypes that gamers face, and what YOU should know as a girl who is dating/wants to date/wants to know more about a gamer and his or her gaming.

Why am I posting this, you ask? Because my boyfriend texted me excitedly this morning to let me know that he had found the “most HILARIOUS video” for my blog. He then proceeded to link me to this:

Watch it! Not only is it is it entertaining, it’s also my inspiration for this post!

Basically, this video is a mock interview with a gamer, who basically proceeds to be a complete and total freak of nature. While it’s pretty entertaining and fun to watch, it brings up a few stereotypes that we trollmates need to realize aren’t really true!

1. All gamers are nutjobs.

This one is really emphasized in the video. The guy just keeps yelling “BOOM HEADSHOT!” over and over again like he’s certifiably insane. Towards the end of the video, when he starts losing, he starts to get physically angry and basically freak the hell out!

Contrary to popular belief, not all gamers are crazy! While yes, a few if them are admittedly quirky, finding a gamer of Gary Busey level insanity is actually pretty rare.

The same is true of guys who browse 4chan or the Internet in general. People sometimes think that making friends with someone on the Internet is basically inviting them to stalk and kill you, when this simply isn’t this case. I’m obviously not saying “hey ladies, go on chatroulette, flash everyone, and give them all your home address”, but if you’re smart (and follow the guidelines I’ll set forth in a later article about Internet safety ;D), then it’s perfectly okay to talk to and meet people online.

The world is changing, ladies! Not everyone on the Internet is a psycho.

2. All gamers are disconnected from reality.

The guy in the video seriously has no concept of reality. He thinks life is really like a video game, and when he’s not playing the game, it’s like he can’t stop thinking about it. He’s seriously obsessed.

This is a really common stereotype of gamers. Many people think that all gamer guys care about is their high score. Ladies, I want you all to realize that this simply isn’t true!

Just like it the cartoon at the bottom (which I don’t own, btw), the stereotype is that a gamer guy will totally ignore you simply because he loves his games more. That’s simply not the case, as clearly shown in that lovely cartoon.

While gamers absolutely love their games, it’s a hobby. And just like any other hobby, while it is a big part of someone’s life, it’s not their ONLY focus. You don’t think your grandma has a sick obsession with knitting or cats, do you? Those are things that she loves, but it’s not like that’s the only thing she thinks about all day. Gamers are the same way, trollmates! They love their games, but they do other things too!

3. All gamers are violent.

We’ve all heard it before: Violent video games increase violent behavior. Well, I used to believe this too. However, in doing research for one of my classes this semester, I discovered that this is not actually the case. Trust me, they’ve done studies on it. It seems everyone wants to find a reason to explain why all the bad people in the world are bad. When adolescents or college students commit insanely heinous crimes, they seem to always find a way (or their parents do) to blame it on video games. Because of this, it seems to be a really widespread belief that video games make people more likely to be violent. This isn’t true, scientifically.

Now, I’m not saying that it’s necessarily okay to let your toddler play MA-17 rated games. They’re rated for a reason.

However, there’s no scientific research (not that I’ve found, anyway) that supports the idea that video games make people more violent. While I do think that allowing a REALLY young child to play and incredibly violent video game could possibly make them unable to realize that death in real life is permanent, which could seriously have affects of their mental development, I see no reason to believe that video games make people more violent, especially when played by teenage or adult men.

So ladies, don’t immediately write off gamer guys because you think they’re violent. Any guy can be violent, and domestic violence is NEVER okay. But no guy is more likely to be any more violent than another, especially because of playing games.

4. All gamers are unemployed and/or live in their mother’s basement.

This is a really common one. For some reason, it’s an increasingly common stereotype that all gamers don’t work and just sit in their mom’s basement all day on the computer. This stereotype also includes a large amount of acne, suspenders, and glasses.

Ladies, the times, they are a changin! Spending time on a computer is no longer for guys named Eugene who do the creep!

Not only are most gamers employed, most are the the guys who, 20 years from now, will be making ALL THE MONEY! Computers and technology are the way of the world, my lovely trollmates, and if you’re in with a guy who already knows his way around a laptop, you’re good to go!

But seriously, even if your man just games as a hobby, chances are he’s somewhat intelligent. While it may not seem like it, it takes a bit of strategy and/or skill to play games (some more than others, obviously).

While yes, of course there are gamer/internet literate guys out there who really spend 23 hours a day on their computer, most do not do this. Don’t let the Big Bang Theory fool you, ladies. Not all nerdy-type guys are pretentious or socially awkward.

And there you have it ladies. Those are the stereotypes. And now you all know they’re just that: stereotypes! Of COURSE there are a few outliers; the nerdy suspender wearing, game playing, lives in his momma’s basement guys. But there are also a couple big, stupid, thick football players, a couple dumb blondes… But not every blonde is dumb. Not every football player is big and stupid. Far from it!

So before you write off a gamer because of those labels, get to know the person first. You might be surprised 🙂

I leave you with a very funny and very relevant cartoon, which pretty much shows that you can’t always trust stereotypes.

Remember ladies, he’s a man first, a gamer second. ;D

~ ❤ ~

Taylor

Post #2: If I’m a Trollmate, Then What’s a Troll?: A Internet Culture Vocabulary Lesson

Hello, my fellow trollmates! 🙂

I’m glad so many people have visited this blog! I’m loving all the comments coming in! Continue to like my blog’s page on Facebook, and follow me on twitter @trollmatesunite!!!

Now, some of you may be wondering the title question: if I’m a trollmate, what’s a troll? Well, I hear your thoughts ladies, and so I’m here to help define some key Internet culture terms for you! Some of these may be basic, some of them may not be, but if you wanna understand anything your man says, it’s important to know what certain terms mean! Communication is key in any relationship, and if you have no idea what the hell he’s talking about half the time, conversation could be a bit hard.

So here’s DomesticMajestic’s Internet Culture Vocabulary Lesson

  1. Troll: A person who posts inflammatory or negative things on the Internet in an attempt to be funny or to make others mad. A whole lot of people on the Internet are trolls, so be very wary when posting! These guys (and girls!) can be anywhere from stupid to downright mean, so be very careful about what you post, as someone will find a way to discredit it or make fun of it! It’s also important you remember that trolling is really common, and not to get discouraged by it. The word troll can also be a verb, as in “trolling”. This is incredibly common on 4chan (see below).
  2. Meme: A meme is any piece of media that becomes incredibly popular in Internet culture. It can be in the form of a picture (ever seen the same picture over and over with different words on it? That’s a meme), a gif (see below), a video, or any other concept that becomes incredibly popular. QuickMeme is a good website to find memes, particularly images. They’re usually pretty entertaining, so I’d recommend looking at a few. I will also eventually write an article listing and explaining some popular memes, so stay tuned ladies! Feel free to comment with suggestions for that article. 🙂
  3. 4chan: 4chan is a image board website. That means its basically like a forum on drugs… There are tons of different boards, covering almost any topic you could think of. All the board names are letters, and basically everyone is anonymous, meaning you don’t have to sign up to post. Because of the anonymity, people are more free to share, ask questions, and troll other people. Although this community this community is sometimes known as the hellhole portion of the Internet, it’s actually quit interesting if you find a board that interests you. However, if you’re interested in browsing 4chan but aren’t sure where to start, keep tuning in as I’ll soon be writing a trollmate’s guide to 4chan.
  4. Reddit: Although people sometimes regard it as the smaller tamer 4chan, Reddit is actually a beast of a completely different kind. Reddit focuses on upvotes, meaning that the community basically gives your content a thumbs up. You do create an account on Reddit, however you are still anonymous. Reddit is more focused on news and what’s hot now, rather than just random images like 4chan. However, there are many subreddits (basically smaller topics of bigger parent topics) that become very content specific, so pretty much anybody can find something to like. As a general rule, someone usually prefers either Reddit or 4chan, and chooses to browse either one of the other.
  5. Gif: A gif is a moving picture clip, usually only a few seconds long, and named for the fact that the file extension is .gif. This type of media is used commonly on image boards, including 4chan and sites like Tumblr.
  6. Otaku Culture: With an entire boards dedicated to it, Otaku culture is an important part of many gamers lives. Otaku is a Japanese term referring to any who is obsessed with something, usually anime, manga, or another piece of Japanese culture. There are entire conventions dedicated to it, Otaku culture is incredibly prominent within Internet culture. Otaku is not necessarily my thing, but its an incredibly important part of Internet culture as a whole.
  7. Anon: This term can refer to anyone who uses a website where they can post anonymously. However, it is most commonly used in reference to anyone using 4chan.
  8. Redditor: Someone who browses or posts on Reddit frequently.
  9. CreepyPasta: This refers to both a website and a genre. Creepypasta is a site where people basically write in depth stories or create detailed videos where they tell scary stories to freak each other out. These stories can also be referred to as Creepypasta. It’s addictive. Some stories are much more terrifying than others, and some creepypasta will haunt you every time you close your eyes. It depends. Other Forms: Copypasta (a story or video advertised as original creepypasta, but in reality is just copied from someone else’s creepypasta).

Well, those are the most important terms that I can think of as of now!

Leave me a comment if you have another term you’d like me to include, or if you just have something to say! Show your friends this blog, and keep those followers coming!

~ ❤ ~

Taylor

Post #1: It’s Me Or Call of Duty!

My lovely trollmates, as you all know, having a gamer as a boyfriend can be tough. Sure, some of them are ultra-romantic, but the vast majority of them are not. So how do we get them to appreciate us? And more importantly, how do we get them to put down the controller?!

Even if you are a gamer yourself, you’re still a woman, which means you have certain needs for your relationship. Women need some tenderness and affection, can I get an AMEN?!

However! This blog is not for those girls who think their boys should just put down the game console permanently and go watch the Titanic in 3D while brushing each other’s hair and talking about Gucci handbags. This leads us to the first rule of dating a gamer!

  • Rule Number One: Don’t make him choose.

The first step of being a trollmate is understanding that games are just as much as a part of your man’s life as you are. If you tell him its you or the games, be prepared for him to show you the door, not because he loves the games more than you by any means, but because you would be taking away something that he enjoys. That would be like him telling you to choose between him and a pair of Louboutin red bottoms. You shouldn’t have to choose between two things you love, why should he? This is especially true for those trollmates who are also gamers. He wouldn’t ask you to quit playing your game, so why should his situation be any different?

Now, many of you ladies might be saying: “But Taylor! My man is too old to play those games! He’s an adult, video games are for children!” And at one time, I would have agreed with you. But remember, no one will ever say a man is too old to hunt or fish! To which you ladies might respond, “But hunting and fishing are skills that would be useful! Video games aren’t!” To which I would respond: Honey, if the zombie Apocalypse happens, you’re gonna be glad you found a man who knew exactly what weapons to bring and where to hide.

But seriously, as childish as they may seem, video games are really a way for guys to de-stress. I mean, hey, if my boyfriend wants to kill something, I’m just glad it’s zombies in a virtual game rather than him actually going out and committing actual crimes. No, this does not mean that men who play games are more violent than those who don’t. All men have some type of aggression or masculine energy that they need to use up. Some guys play sports. Some guys play video games. It’s all good.

Now, of course this doesn’t mean that men should be allowed to play video games all day every day while we make them sammiches and clean the house. This IS the 21st century ladies, and we need some attention once in a while. I mean, they ARE our boyfriends, after all.

Basically what I’m saying here is that video games for some guys are a hobby; they love them, they want to play them, and they aren’t going to stop playing them just because some girl wants to talk to them 24/7. If you really wanna be with your gamer, you have to show him that you’re totally cool with him taking some time to play his games. Do this, and I promise he’ll appreciate you.

So ladies, the next time your man is playing his xbox for an hour or two, let him. Once he sees that you’re okay with his first love, his xbox, he’ll be more willing to let YOU into his life, permanently.

~<3 ~

Taylor