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[2]: Can't take the heat
by twitterfire on Thu 5th Dec 2013 07:28 UTC in reply to "RE: Can't take the heat"
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So the morrons want political correctness and double standards both in real life and in games.

The moment most games will become political correct, I will quit playing all games besides Solitaire and Minesweeper.

I am a gamedev and I work on other kind of games right now, but supposing I'd work on a shooter or RPG, what should I do? Let's suppose there are black, jew, female and homesexual NPCs in the game. Should I allow them to be killed and risk the game to be banned or should I only allow the killing of straight white males?

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