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: Comment by Luminair
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Tue 3rd Dec 2013 21:22 UTC in reply to "Comment by Luminair"
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You're delusional if you think that most of them are physically juvenile.

What should happen is players should be able to personally ban players who behave badly. When playing a multiplayer game the network just filters out games played by banned players ( for the current user). It might take some time, but you'd end up with self curated groups of decent people to play with.

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RE[2]: Comment by Luminair
by Wootery on Wed 4th Dec 2013 14:28 in reply to "RE: Comment by Luminair"
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'Personal blacklisting' won't work. There are simply too many people out there for any one person to blacklist all of them.

Any system where players get to vote on who is misbehaving would be open to abuse.

I don't see an easy solution. If it's pay-for-your-account, like Xbox Live, I guess you might have a chance; the company running it can hire people to investigate cases. It would be against their business interests to use the banhammer, though...

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Yeah, its possible that a personal ban list might not work the greatest. Maybe if it were combined with a self imposed hostility level? Like category 1- 10. Level 10 anything goes, level 1 no foul language. You don't get banned you just get kicked up a level if you are too foul for the current level. You can reapply for a lower level after a month and can only move down one level at a time.

I'm not sure that would work either, but something automated that works without a complete ban should be feasible. More A/B testing needed.

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