Everyone enjoy the Oscars? My favorite part: The song with Jack Black and Will Farrell. Well enough of the past, lets focus on the present. Presently I am profiling an amazing community, the Gamerchix. The Gamerchix embody the true definition of a community, they breach clan lines and gather anyone with “two X chromosomes and an internet connection.” For more information about this I had a talk with Kitty, one of the founders of the group. Check out what she has to say.
- How and when did your community start up?
Gamerchix launched last year, on June 5th, because Trixie, DirtyDiva and myself wanted to create a place where women gamers could come and meet each other. Where it didn’t matter if you were a casual or competitive player, of if you’d been gaming your entire life, or you’d just bought your first console, you would still find a place to chat and have fun. We also were concerned about women trashing on other women, and wanted a group that was absolutely free from that. I think we’ve succeeded pretty well in all those areas so far.
- What meaning does your community’s name hold?
That has to be the easiest and shortest answer yet. We’re gamers, and we happen to be female.
- How many people call your community home?
Just shy of 1600 officially. We may well have broken that, but until Trixie announces the new girls….;)
- How do you go about luring and screening people?
Luring sounds so…stalkerish. We really don’t advertise, except whenever we get up onto the website. Most of our members are through word of mouth, a family member, a friend or a clan mate primarily. We don’t reject any interested female, but you do have to have those two XX chromosomes…And we find out pretty quickly if you don’t.
- What are some unique bylaws that you enforce?
I’m not sure that it’s unique, but we have a pretty heavy hand when it comes to any kind of trash talking another gamer, male Or female. We certainly expect differences of opinions, in fact we foster that, but we also want to see the respect come through as well.
- What do you do to build camaraderie in your group?
We have a thriving forum where everyone can meet up and our scheduled Monday night “Ladies Night” are extremely popular as well. We always have three options for that night, a 360 game, a classic Xbox game and an arcade game, so girls not only have the choice of what to play, but if they don’t have a title, or can’t easily get access to it,
- Is there a specific game you all are focused around, or do you dabble in any virtual arena?
You try getting 1600 people onto one game at a time and see how well that goes! Not at all, we have girls who play nothing but arcade, and others who play almost nothing but halo 2, like myself, so there’s no real way to do that. Nor do we really want to. The chix nights are about meeting your fellow gamers and having fun and maybe even trying a new game!
- Are you all competitive? or do you focus more on a strong recreational environment?
Like I said before, we definately didn’t want it to be focused in on one group of gamers. But that’s not to say there are no members who exhibt a competitive streak or two. We’ve even had a few clans form from the group, but the Gamerchix themselves will never be competitive. That’s what clans are for, and we are definatly not a clan.
- I know there are many other communities that are associated with you all, what are some of your allies?
I think allies is the wrong word, because I’d hope that we don’t have any ‘enemies’ as such. I’d go with affiliates instead, and they include members from clans, like TCG, GAL, PMS, KSI and other gaming communities like the Fragdolls and Cavegirls!
Thanks for all the info Kitty. It seems like you have an amazing community set up there. It truly is something to gather all girl gamers from many different clans and ally them together like that. Great job! Readers if you would like to find out more about Gamerchix then drop by the official site on Xbox or have a stop by their MySpace page.
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