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As self-proclaimed nerds, it’s probably no surprise that we’re big fans of online gaming. Starting with Halo back on the original Xbox, we’ve spent decades checking out what works and what doesn’t, and, occasionally, guiding newcomers along their own gaming path. With that in mind, we want to talk about how other girl gamers can get started, and the biggest lessons you’ll need to keep in mind.

Gaming Knows No Gender
The most important first step is to not buy into the bias that so often inflicts the larger world of gaming. There are a lot of frustrating spiels out there on the internet about women and gaming, and we’d be remiss if we didn’t acknowledge that you will, at some point, have to deal with this issue.
How do we address this? The answer is to simply understand that all games are for everyone, as Quantic Foundry explores. There are no limits on what you can and should enjoy, and only by fighting against preconceived notions will you be able to get the best out of your ongoing experiences. Anybody who disagrees with this truth is, simply, not worth listening to.

Choosing the Right Games or Genres for You
For some gamers, the most appealing avenue might be those of hardcore competitive games like fighting games. These are some of the hardest to learn and, because of this, trolling can be rampant; but progress and improvement can also be all the more appreciable. For games like this, we recommend going in with what we call the Dark Souls Attitude™. Go in expecting to lose, learn from your mistakes, and you’ll eventually see massive improvement. Nothing beats out-learning somebody who initially destroys you – and this is what makes these games so great.
For those looking for a different type of challenge, you could also consider the casino games as available from websites like Speedyspel. Online casinos have an enormous range of games available: from slots to roulette, baccarat, and much more. We’re personally big fans of poker games like hold’em which, like fighting games, can give us the skills to take home and beat our friends with.
On the most casual side of the equation, we could also look towards the more relaxing of gameplay adventures. For our money, the best examples of this type of game are creative experiences like Terraria and Minecraft. Minecraft is especially fantastic in this regard, with a heavy emphasis on gradual growth and creativity. Logging into a server and seeing a bizarre or hilarious new project by friends or family is always great, and this is something we’d like everyone to be able to enjoy. If you’re looking for similar suggestions, Digital Trends has you covered.

Go Your Way
The simplest answer to how girls can have fun with online games is to know that, despite what anyone might say, you can just play like anyone else. Play what you want to play, how you want to play, and do what you find the most fun. Whether looking to just chill out with friends, meet new people, relax alone, or to seriously play in a competitive environment, the nearly infinite array of choices means you’ll never be left wanting. Just don’t expect to be the best without putting in some serious work.