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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Not just gamers.
by Darkmage on Wed 4th Dec 2013 07:16 UTC
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This flows into general ICT as well. I've seen women goto IT shops to have hard drives replaced, and have techs tell them that the entire machine needs to be replaced. FFS a hard drive is $100. Telling someone to replace their entire laptop of 6 months is stupid and exploitative. Everyone deserves access to the digital frontier. Technicians that operate that way are garbage.

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RE: Not just gamers.
by saso on Wed 4th Dec 2013 12:23 in reply to "Not just gamers."
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How can you be sure it just wasn't crummy techs who are trying to get away with bamboozling a poor sucker? It's not like that hasn't happened to plenty of men before.

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RE: Not just gamers.
by lucas_maximus on Thu 5th Dec 2013 18:07 in reply to "Not just gamers."
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I think this is more a symptom of IT shops trying to scam people. When they know what you are talking about, the soon change their tune.

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