My name is Rebecca and I’m a “girl” in real life (IRL) just like many of you. I created this blog because I love computer games, particularly computer RPGs and MMORPGs and want to talk about them as much as I want to play them. I’ve been involved in online RPGs since the beginning of Ultima Online and have since played the original Everquest, Dark Age of Camelot, a bit of Asheron’s Call, Asheron’s Call 2, a little Anarchy Online, and a lot of Everquest 2. Currently, I’m still playing Everquest 2 and have just begun a foray into Guild Wars.
My single player RPG history started out with a dungeon crawler game on the TI99/4A computer called Tunnels of Doom. Once I got my first IBM compatible PC, I played the Magic Candle and also started the Ultima series with Ultima VI. Since then, I’ve played numerous games including Planescape Torment, Daggerfall, Baldur’s Gate 1 & 2, Icewind Dale, Divine Divinity, Diablo 2, Sacred, Morrowind, Oblivion, Fallout 1 & 2 and Tactics, and part of Fallout 3.
There are also many games left in my to-play backlog, so I’m definitely not running out of games anytime soon!
So why did I name my blog a.girl.IRL? Back when I was playing Ultima Online, one of the most popular questions to female characters was “R U a girl IRL?” In those days, people didn’t really believe that real women were playing these games, so they seemed to feel they had to question. Being a roleplayer, I was irked by the question because I didn’t think it was any of their business! Oddly, people still seem to believe that real women are a rarity in online games.
Well it turns out that there are a lot of real women playing and loving computer games, but even nowadays when there are a lot of “girl gamers” in every gaming genre, it seems that the companies still mostly target young males as their primary market. This blog will have plenty of topics of interest to gamers in general, but if it ever seems to get too “girly” at times, we’ll you’ve been forewarned!