Women switch on


David Woodward, Krystina Atkins and Anita Salamanca at The Glitch gaming centre.
Picture: Andrew Ritchie        www.communitypix.com.au  d450136
David Woodward, Krystina Atkins and Anita Salamanca at The Glitch gaming centre. Picture: Andrew Ritchie        www.communitypix.com.au d450136

THE misconception that women do not play games is being turned on its head.

Long-time gamer Anita Salamanca said there were more women than ever enjoying gaming and they were often outnumbering the men.

“For some reason there is still the misconception that women don’t play games, which is a complete lie,” Anita said.

“The term gamer is so broad now; technically everyone is potentially a gamer.

“It is such an integral part of life for me – I can picture myself as an 80-year-old still playing games.”

Anita, Krystina Atkins and David Woodward are members of WA’s first gamers’ hub in West Perth, The Glitch.

David said using the facilities at The Glitch was more social than playing at home.

“You get to meet new people and it’s a great way to try (the games) before you buy,” David said.

“It is a lot more social.

“Some people aren’t aware of the career options – it is a completely valid career.”

Krystina said she would like to break into the gaming industry as a concept artist.

“My parents wouldn’t let me play games until I was 18 and even now they don’t like me playing,” she said.