Girls Don’t Exist on the Interweb, Apparently

For the longest time, I have been tempted to play an MMORPG like World of Warcraft just to see whether my experiences would differ from what this girl experienced. I play Guild Wars, but this game isn’t defined as an MMORPG, because it lacks the “massive” part of the equation — e.g. you and your group get your own instance of the gameworld, and there is no way that you can meet other players randomly whilst questing.

Despite not having had the special experience of someone disbelieving my very existence, reading that article induces frustration and exasperation at the male online gaming populace, because I know it’s all true. The anecdotes in the article are played out every single day. It’s difficult to argue rationally against the argument that, if you don’t show your picture on the internet, you must not exist. Even if one showed one’s picture to prove one’s existence, they would simply argue that you stole the picture from someone and that it’s not really you. Even using their flawed logic against them, “You don’t exist because you’re not showing your pic!” probably wouldn’t work, since the cacophony of their voices would likely drown out my lone voice of reason.

Playing WOW would be an expensive way to slake my curiosity. Every so often, a couple of people I know will bug me about getting into WoW. This has been going on for months and months. How could I possibly justify spending over $200 a year on a game in which I’d play no more than two hours per day, on most days, if that? Anyway, the article is a good read.

  5 comments for “Girls Don’t Exist on the Interweb, Apparently

  1. 11 November 2005 at 09:12
  2. 11 November 2005 at 09:38

    Thanks for the link!

  3. 14 November 2005 at 12:26

    It depresses me that guys like this aren’t the minority. Having said that, playing in a guild of people you know IRL makes all the difference – my boss plays and she hasn’t hit any of the OMG U R TEH GRL rubbish thus far.

  4. 14 November 2005 at 22:05

    Re: the $200 per year bit, my advice is to do the math. If you play the game for 2 hours a day for a month, you’re paying $30 for 60 hours of gaming. For $45–still less than the cost of most brand-new games–you’d get two months of WoW, or 120 hours of gaming, which is far more than you can get from most single game purchases out there. Even reducing the time played to 1 hour per day still yields reasonable results.

    I don’t play WoW anymore, so I’m hardly a fanatic–I only played for 2 or 3 months after I bought the game last year, but the time I spent in that world was a whole lot of fun and I don’t regret any of it. A friend of mine who’s been playing for almost a year now actually believes that WoW saves him money because he just pays $15 per month for all his gaming needs, instead of spending $30-50 every few weeks for a new game.

    I also agree that Guild Wars isn’t a MMORPG, but I think describing “massive” as “meeting other players randomly whilst questing” may be a bit of an understatement. The real feeling I’ve had from WoW and the handful of other MMORPG’s I’ve played has been that there’s a definite sense of community, a certain kind of “alive-ness” to their worlds that hasn’t been present at all when I’ve played Guild Wars.

  5. Dave
    5 January 2008 at 09:40

    You need to remember you’re not dealing with he male INTERNET populace. You’re dealing with the male “GAMER” populace.

    Gamers… generally are not the smartest people. That’s why Alienware is still in business. So please, don’t blame us elitist net hacks for the crimes of a bunch of morons with nothing better to do than grind a character in an wow (which is not a game, but is a second job) because their real life is that dissatisfying.

    And Atul… Plenty of MMO’s are free.

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