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!

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!

Happy New Year!

Hey there trollmates!

I hope you’re all having a fantastic 2013 so far! I wish you all the best 🙂

Now, I haven’t been getting a lot of response lately, even though I’m getting a lot of views. I’m sure this is simply because all the views are bots you guys just don’t feel I’ll honor your input! So I want to see what you guys want to see on this site!

So, if you have a suggestion for an article, let me know! Leave a comment in the comments section, or email me at domesticmajestic@gmail.com. I will seriously consider any suggestions you all have!

Have a great weekend everybody 🙂

Post #5: Top Questions to Ask (and NOT to ask) Your Gamer Guy

Hey ladies! Sorry it’s taken so long for me to update, but we all know how crazy things can be over Thanksgiving! A day filled with my family yelling at each other about who spilt the gravy love and giving thanks for all we have!

As promised, this post is going to cover questions you can ask your gamer about his gaming and/or nerd culture in general to spark some great conversations. These have worked wonders for me in the past, so I’m sure they’ll work for you too! 🙂 I’m also going to include a few don’ts of conversation starters, because there are a few that will just piss your gamer off. Make sure to avoid those.

This simple guide to questions is sure to help you spark up some interesting conversations with your man, plus asking these questions will let him know that you care. 🙂

Happy reading, and stay tuned for an awesome Christmas themed post!

1. Do ask: “So what is this game about?”

This one is a classic. My boyfriend LOVES when I ask him this question because it makes him feel like a video game god when he can explain a game in detail. Ladies, games no longer consist of simply “you shoot the spaceships”; gamer guys love feeling like they know stuff, so chances are when you ask him this question he’ll be inclined to tell you the background of that game, it’s sequel, and how it’s played. This will be useful later (if you listen to his answer) because you can ask him to clarify on things he says here, which can lead to an even better discussion.

2. Don’t ask: “Are you winning?”

Ladies, this question makes you sound just plain ditsy. This isn’t Mario Cart, trollmates; there’s no first place. Video games now are WAY more complicated than that, and asking him if he’s winning is sure to piss him off. If you’re looking to annoy him, ask this question. If not, just don’t.

3. Do ask: “What are your five favorite video games?”

This question is totally effective. Ladies, if you want your man to talk to you about games for an extended period time, this is the question to ask. Not only will appreciate your curiosity, but he will also greatly enjoy talking enumerating these games. It shows him that you’re interested and again, if you listen, you’ll gain some valuable information that can be helpful later in coming up with more questions.

4. Don’t ask: “What’s so great about this anyway?”

Ladies, this question is wrong on SO many levels! Not only does it imply that your guy shouldn’t be playing video games at all (which is enough to make him roll his eyes), it also sounds like you don’t plan on listening to his answer! The number one thing you must do in order to maintain any relationship is LISTEN! Whether you’re dating a gamer, an Internet junkie, a nerd, a jock, a punk, an emo, or even just a human person, communication is the KEY to a successful relationship! How can you expect him to listen to stories about your day if you don’t take any interest in what he has to say?

5. Do ask: “What do you like about this particular game?”

This question is always a good one. It’s sweet, simple, and to the point, but it’s bound to get a great response. By asking this question, trollmates, you show your gamer that you’re interested in what he has to say, and that you know that there’s more than one type of game out there, and different reasons for liking them. That’s really important, because it lets him know that you care. Plus, it’s never a bad thing when your man looks forward to explaining something to you.

So there you have it, my lovely ladies! You are now officially trained in the art of asking your gamer questions!

Remember, these can always be applied to different things, like a certain website or piece of Internet culture. If your man is in into Naruto or some other “nerd thing” that’s not a game, you can simply apply the questions to that. All trollmates can use this kind of advice and I’m so happy to supply it!

Happy holidays, and stay tuned for a Gamer Guy Gift Guide!

~ ❤ ~

Taylor

P.S. IF YOU BOUGHT ANYTHING COOL AT BLACK FRIDAY, comment below! I wanna hear your CRAZY Black Friday shopping stories!

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

A Gamer Girl’s Guide: How to Have Your Cake and Eat it Too!

Hello there all you gamer girls! We may be the abnormalities of society, but we need love too! My name is Chelsea and I will help anyone with particular questions about the life and times of female gamers and geeks, as I am one myself. I also happen to be dating a gamer guy, so I can get advice from the other side, too – relationships or otherwise.

My personal favorites happen to be Skyrim, Portal, and Minecraft, though I know my way around Modern Warfare 3 as well. I also play a little tiny bit of Magic: the Gathering and D&D and I watch a little Anime, but even with all of this I’m only scratching the surface. Heck, my video game career only started with Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock. Before that I knew nothing of the video game world.

So how did I get into gaming and Geekville? Honestly, I have no idea. I guess I have a lot of guy friends who talk about the wonders of the mythology of the Elder Scrolls too much and a boyfriend who can “No-Scope” the entire opposing team in seconds on MW3. I guess I also spend a little too much time in my own fantasy land – I can thank Harry Potter and my ADD for that.

But is there a life outside of gaming? For some, that’s questionable. You’ve heard of those people who have to go to rehab for World of Warcraft, right? For me, though, there’s a bit more going on. I’m a college student; an Art Therapy major, actually. I make art (plus some crappy comics based on my Skyrim experiences), have friends (some of which are as nerdy as myself), obsess over a couple of TV shows (like Supernatural), and I’m writing a fantasy novel.

I’m here to help! Ask me any questions about the lives of gamers or how to get their attention; I’ll do my best to answer them, even if it means doing a little research.