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: Can't take the heat
by bassbeast on Wed 4th Dec 2013 16:48 UTC in reply to "Can't take the heat"
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THANK YOU, this is something I have been saying for years, that if you don't watch it you end up with games that are "politically correct" and if you made something that was truly 100% inoffensive to everyone? it would be a "watching paint dry" simulator.

Here is a perfect example, watch how quickly this simple exchange will polarize this conversation. recently there was an article on why there were no female avatars in a lot of shooters, with many women saying it wasn't fair, etc so i asked them a simple many games there are achievements for "over the top" kills, you see this in all kinds of games but the most blatant would be Bulletstorm. Now lets say they made "Bulletstorm II" with female characters included as both players and baddies...would you have a problem with an achievement like "boob job" for blowing a woman's breasts off?

Boy you should have heard the screams, with most female players even calling for such a game to be outright banned and THAT is the problem I have with "sensitivity" in games. You either get a double standard, where things that are perfectly acceptable to do to a male character are verbotten to do to the female (IIRC Bulletstorm had several achievements for blowing off the man bits) or you have to remove everything that would be considered offensive if done to a girl...which is of course treating females as shrinking violets that have to have things sanitized to protect their fragile female brains!

Look you can't walk into a biker bar and tell them they can't curse and have to have their pinkies extended when they sip their beer and likewise you should have to "girl proof" a game so that no females ever get offended. If you want to make a G and PG rated section? Fine and dandy, as long as people CHOOSE to play there I see no problem with that but if I'm playing an intense shooter with a bunch of other adults i don't want some politically correct mod telling us what we can and can't say, if someone playing with us doesn't like it they are free to play somewhere else.

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