This is a link to an article about the annoying treatment of girls and girl-gamers in and by the gaming press, which Kim (check her blog, link in the sidebar!) write about.
I don't think I would classify myself as 'a gamer'. I haven't ever played World Of Warcraft, after watching my dad become a willing zombie to it (my dad is not cool for plaing WOW. Please do not tell me that he is.) And whilst I do have a PS2 and a DS and play them sometimes, I don't go apeshit over new consoles (like my brother, who IS a gamer) or play every game that comes out etc etc. I play games, but I am not a nerd about games. I get really excited at the prospectof a new Metal Gear Solid, but not to the point of dressing up as Meryl (and what a great female character she was) and waiting outside the store on launch day.
So I am able to talk a little bit of game-speak, and I agree with the tone of that article. The gaming press, even the better end of it, still has a tendency to slide into 'hur hur.... Lara Croft has big tits!!!'.
I used to buy a magazine called Jack, and another one called Bizarre magazine. They were both mens magazines but they were something slightly different at their inception, Jack being more gung ho and James Bond/Boy Scout and arty rather than porny, and Bizarre being about bizarre shit. These magazines over the course of about a year a piece became hornier and sluttier and cookie-cutter FHM-like til they bore no resemblance to what they once had been, and I no longer had any interest in buying them.
This is what I think the gaming press (Nintendo official magazine is really the only offline gaming publication I have ever really read. Otherwise I might read GameFAQ.com) can't help but succumb to. The target audience is never changed, and even though 60% of the market is (supposedly) now women, the press still targets the horny teenage boy, because that's what it's used to dealing with.
The treatment of women IN GAMES is more worrying to me than the gaming press' disregard for women players/constant reverting to porny-ness and mysoginy. The 'annoying girl character' that is in so many games (MGS, for example- girl character freaks out at the sight of bugs, you have to schlep all the way around with her being really fucking slow) The bizarre prostitutes you can fuck in a car to regain health in GTA... Damsels in distress all over the place (Mario, Zelda).
And I love all these games, I love playing them but when I take a step out of them, they make me annoyed. I played Princess Peach, in which she is the main character, and she's saving a dude. But her weapons?? Emotions.