Sunday, September 12, 2010

I was ready for a fight.

I had an issue with my local GameStop. The first time I went there the all male staff barely acknowledged my existence in the store. They didn't greet me or try to engage me in any form of general salesman banter. In fact they spent the entire time talking to the other customers in the store. All of the other customers were men. I left the store feeling a little insulted. I'm not what some would call a "serious gamer", but I'm a gamer none the less. I felt like because I was female they were less than accommodating. 

On my second trip the store was empty. Just me and the cashier. He greeted me and asked if he could help me with anything. I let him know I was okay, picked up some accessories for my DSi and took them right to the counter. As he was ringing up my things he asked, "Would you like to pre-order Harry Potter?" I noticed a sign on the counter urging me to pre-order the new Assassin's Creed and I said, "Why would you think I'd want Harry Potter? Why didn't you ask me about Assassin's Creed?" He stood for a second looking sort of stunned and replied that he didn't know and proceeded to try and get me to pre-order that instead. I politely declined and left the store. When I told my best friend about the encounter he said what I was thinking the entire time, "It's probably because you're a girl."

After all of that I was rather delighted on Friday when I decided to head back to the store and buy Metroid: Other M. I was kind of excited to see what dick head move I was going to encounter. I walked into the empty store and was greeted by the two men behind the counter. I headed straight for Metroid and as I reached my hand out to grab it the older of the two said "We have it right here." I thanked him and walked to the counter. Both men were really nice. The older one gave me the art folio that was reserved for people who pre-ordered and the younger one talked with me about what we heard about the game. They were both very cool and chatty.

I had left my house that night just aching for some sexual discrimination and I got the opposite. I guess you can say I was pleasantly disappointed.

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