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 Ultimatebadass on Wed 4th Dec 2013 18:14 UTC in reply to "RE: Can't take the heat"
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Yeah gotta love the double standards there. The most frightening thing is that they are unable to see their own hypocrisy. That Bulletstorm example was spot on. Kill 10000 faceless men in shooters? Achievement unlocked! Harm one woman NPC in any way? Outrage on the streets and professional victims come out of the woodwork (latest example being the famous almost-but-not-really "rape" of Lara Croft in latest Tomb Raider and the associated shitstorm).

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RE[3]: Can't take the heat
by bassbeast on Wed 4th Dec 2013 21:13 in reply to "RE[2]: Can't take the heat"
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Exactly, male rape is the punchline of jokes while even the hint that Lara Croft MIGHT be in danger of being raped? its an outrage!

Personally I'm all for REAL equality, I'd have no problem with a "boob job" anymore than I'd have for a "nutcracker" achievement but it just blows my mind how so many of these are SUPPOSEDLY for female "equality" yet at the same time the women have to be treated like shrinking violets? Give me a break!

Like I said if a game wants to have a PG section? Not a problem but the second YOU start telling ME and MY friends how we should play OUR game? please take your politically correct crap and take a nice long walk over a VERY short pier,thx.

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