In professional competitions and vast online communities, groups of female gamers are demanding respect from game makers and challenging the assumption that video games are the domain of geeky boys in dark basements.
Four years ago, avid gamers Amber Dalton, 30, and her twin sister, Amy Brady, had never come across another woman during their hours of playing games online and at gaming parties.
Today, after walking away from a six-figure corporate job, Dalton runs an online community of nearly 600 female gamers called the PMS Clan. Brady, meanwhile, is a professional gamer and member of the Ubisoft-created all-women gaming team, the Frag Dolls, under the handle Valkyrie.
Through tournaments and their presence on the Internet, the PMS Clan, Frag Dolls and other teams like the Girlz of Destruction have raised the profile of women gamers, who make up 20 percent of the hard-core gamer demographic. More...