Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 3rd Dec 2013 19:04 UTC

Absolutely fantastic article by Tracey Lien.

If the selection at the average retailer is anything to go by, girls don't play video games. If cultural stereotypes are anything to go by, video games are for males. They're the makers, the buyers and the players.

There is often truth to stereotypes. But whatever truth there may be, the stereotype does not show the long and complicated path taken to formulate it, spread it and have it come back to shape societal views.

The attitude towards women in video games is even worse when you take online multiplayer into consideration. One of my team mates in League of Legends is a woman, and I've seen some absolutely terrible things being thrown her way in chat - during and even after the game is over. I've also pretended to be female in League of Legends just to see what would happen, and it was just as bad. However, I could just shrug it off - hearing the things guys say while you're pretending to be a woman as an experiment is a hell of a lot different than hearing these things when you're actually a woman.

I even caught myself thinking 'my female team mate should just pretend to be a guy' - but you know what? That's expletive ridiculous. As Lien details in her article, changing the way video games are being marketed would be a very good first step that could most certainly snowball into the future.

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RE: Socially awkward...
by Thom_Holwerda on Tue 3rd Dec 2013 23:02 UTC in reply to "Socially awkward..."
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Well, there is probably a reason (especially the MMORPG players) are 'sexist'. You remember the boys who would pick on girls, but it was because they liked them, but didn't really know how to show / tell their feelings?

Really the same thing here. Not to mention the people who generally are the ones that are always playing games are the ones who are doing so because they have no girlfriend/wife to spend time with.

I'm sorry, but that's an incredibly outdated view. Playing games has become so mainstream that insisting it's all just socially inept nerds is... Quite, quite simplistic.

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