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: Appalling.
by leos on Wed 4th Dec 2013 04:19 UTC in reply to "Appalling."
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Even the attitude some of you here have, the "it's not such an issue, everyone gets shit," just compounds on the issue

The few times I played online FPS games it was a constant stream of insults and personal attacks and swearing and threats and comments about people's mothers. There were no women playing as far as I know but that was the environment regardless. Constant stream of abuse at anyone and everyone.
I learned pretty quickly that there are tons of idiots playing online and you're better off playing with friends or muting the chat. Maybe women get more of it, but certainly the norm in many games is pure shit.

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