By Katrina Smith

When she's not gaming, Katrina Smith writes short fiction and essays. Her work has appeared in or is forthcoming from Salon, Devilfish Review, Black Denim Lit, and Synaesthesia. She received her MFA from George Mason University. Originally from Vermont, she lives and works in Burke, VA.

  1. Option One: The FPS Remember that you are a “gamer girl.” Act accordingly. Choose a handle with the right sound. You may use the feminine “a” but nothing too aggressive or sexy. You want them to imagine you in sweatpants, not leather pants. Try to be one of the guys. Try to be guy-adjacent. Draw just enough attention to have personality, but never too much. Brand yourself. Not that it matters -- they know you’re…

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