World Cup Champ Abby Wambach Wants Badass Girls Like Her To Play Video Games
Ever wonder what US Women's National Team star Abby Wambach has been up to after winning the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup, gold medals in two separate Olympics contests and being named one of Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People?
Well, aside from a little golfing, the USWNT living legend loves to play video games, and she wants other badass girls like her to follow suit because, as she tells Elite Daily, she's been gaming her whole life:
As you could probably imagine, with her being a soccer legend and all, Abby plays a ton of FIFA and is thrilled to be included in FIFA 16, the first installment of the popular video game series to feature not just the men's soccer players, but also the women.
And as happy as she is to be personally included, she can't help but think about what this means for female gaming:
Turns out, Abby's right. According to The Washington Post, nearly half of America's 190 million gamers are women. The average female gamer has been playing for about 13 years, showing that not only do a lot of women play video games, but do so and are very dedicated.
However, according to Forbes, a lot of those female gamers accounted for primarily play mobile games, leaving the online gaming worlds of popular consoles like Xbox and PlayStation, as well as PC, still very male-dominated.
And these men can be quite harsh, particularly to women, an article in The Atlantic states, citing a study that says 70 percent of all female gamers play as male characters to avoid harassment.
As a trailblazer herself, Abby, an openly gay female athlete, knows a thing or two about having to tough it out through other people's ridicule, and she has a message for girls out there who want to play video games on these consoles but might be dissuaded by the hate they could encounter online:
Abby has teamed up with Nintendo as the face of Mario and Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games to promote not just the importance of healthy competition and sports, but the importance of getting women involved in gaming:
In Mario and Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, players can create their own avatars, known as "Miis," in the game and play as themselves, a feature of the game that Abby believes is important in empowering women to play video games:
So while Abby likes to play as herself in FIFA and score all the goals with her character, female gamers can create themselves and do the same (soccer is one of many sports included).
And for those of you who are interested in doing so, Mario and Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games comes out in the US tomorrow, March 18. (For the record, Abby takes Mario over Sonic any day.)
Otherwise, grab a copy of FIFA, play as the USWNT, and beat some of the guys you'll encounter online with some real girl power.
But make sure you're scoring all the goals with Abby.