Breaking the Stigma of Gaming // What I’ve Been Playing This Week

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There still seems to be a huge stigma around girls and gaming. I can’t even count the number of times that somebody has gotten more riled up to losing to a girl. Why is it that it’s harder to take to lose to a girl than it is to lose to a boy?

It’s almost like you can’t be good at games, because “you’re a girl…?” Another personal favourite might be when they find my Instagram and say “well, I didn’t expect you to look like that?!” What exactly did you expect me to look like? The barbarian or the Muskateer?

Then there’s my all-time favourite – the “Gamer-Girl” stereotype. The one where you supposedly only play games to gain male attention. It’s amazing that it’s seen as more believable that you play games to please the opposite sex, rather than the fact you might just like playing them? Amazing.

But above it all, the worst stereotype is the one that affects everybody. The one where it seems that gamers only play games. If you play Disney Magic Kingdoms, you’re a gamer. If you play Clash Royale, you’re a gamer. If you play SongPop, you’re a gamer. If you play Candy Crush, guess what? You’re a gamer.

Why is it that so many people are scared to admit they play games?

If you say you like games, suddenly, it’s like you don’t do anything else. You must sit all day every day, eating snacks in a darkened room, sweating on a game. But, the truth is, most of us are playing games alongside daily life. Sitting on the train to work, during the ad break on the TV or at night before you go to bed. Games are a part of everyday life. 

Let’s normalize gaming. 

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This week, we have been covering a lot of miles on a road trip across Spain. So, it meant I had a lot of gaming time. We had a USB charger in our rental car, so it meant I didn’t have to sacrifice gaming for photos, which is always good.

If you haven’t seen the miles that we’ve been covering across Spain yet, you can watch it here! *Includes beautiful architecture and me getting very excited at a few places*

Wall or Nothing Game Review

This game is highly addictive, in a good way. It’s one of those where once you start playing you don’t want to put it down. You’re constantly opening it back up, certain you can beat your last high score.

The idea is to drop a ball on to the workmen who are trying to build that notorious wall for the notorious leader. You know the one that is a little plump and orange? You have to aim and hit as many as you can, keeping them away from climbing over the wall. The game plays fluidly and is a quick fix game when you want something quick and satisfying to play.

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The characters are really well designed. There is also a pretty good impersonation so make sure you play with the sound on. My only issue with that is if you get the long speech, it feels like an age before you can start playing. Though, that’s more my impatience than anything else!

Problem-solving is a key feature in the game, assessing which builder to target first, especially if you’ve got some on one side that needs hitting more than once!

As you’re playing, you’ll hit some extra bonuses, like barb wire, gas balls, extra lives and other cool little features. I’m currently 50% into the gold wall, with a high score of 354. Can you beat me?

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The best part about this game was that it doesn’t need the internet to play. So, whilst we were travelling through the mountains it was ideal to get on when I couldn’t get on to social media or Clash Royale.

The game is available for download for both Apple and Android fans here:

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The game is free to download, with the option to upgrade and remove ads.

What have you been playing this week?
I’d love to hear if you’re a girl that loves to play games too! 

Hasta luego,

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Hola! I'm Lauren ("Loh - run") — A twenty-something, engaged, English girl living on the Costa Blanca, obsessed with travel, love and elephants.

11 thoughts on “Breaking the Stigma of Gaming // What I’ve Been Playing This Week

  1. I am a guy and I hate games. I always remember my son was addicted to games. He played games 24/7. A friend walked in and we were talking about how much everyone watches television. My son piped in and said “I don’t watch TV”. I thought I think he missed the concept – replacing one with the other.

    Now if I were in Spain I would be spending my time looking at the countryside

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  2. I don’t play many of the games you traditionally think about when you think of “gamers” (like COD, Grand Theft Auto, etc.) but I do love a good phone game! At the moment, I’m obsessed with the game ‘brick n balls’. The bricks have numbers of them, and you have the hit them a certain number of times with the balls you’re provided with to remove them. They come down lower with each turn and if they hit the bottom before you remove them, you’re out. Like with the game you mentioned, it’s such an addictive game. I really struggle to put it down!

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  3. Oh, I do love a good sims binge! I’ll either not play it for weeks on end, or play it obsessively for days. I’ve never played Clash Royale or Clash of Clans, but I’ve heard of them before. They definitely are addictive!

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      1. Yeah! I’m so glad it’s one of those games, though, and not one where you have to start again if you’ve put it down for more than five minutes. Ooh, that’s a massive achievement, haha! Rewards like that are one of my favourite parts of playing a game.

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  4. I love gaming but I stop last year because I spent too much money on them and my thumb hurts. I own a Ps Vita, a Nintendo DS and also play a lot of smartphone games and paid for energy (lol) because I couldn’t stand waiting.

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