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[4]: Can't take the heat
by bassbeast on Thu 5th Dec 2013 16:06 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Can't take the heat"
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Do you HAVE a point? Or are you just babbling for the sake of it? And what straw man would that be?

I named a game, one of several BTW, as Borderlands 2, FEAR 3, quite a few games have achievements (in the case of Borderlands these achievements give you "badass points" that give you in game advantages like faster regen on shields so you are encouraged to go after them) for over the top kills, such as "nutcracker" in Bulletstorm and then asked a VERY simple question...would you have a problem with a "boob job" achievement for blowing a woman's breasts off which frankly IS NO DIFFERENT than the "nutcracker" achievement that Bulletstorm ALREADY HAS.

But what did I get? I got told what a monster I was, how such a game should be banned and when the politically correct found out there was already games that give achievements for blowing off the man bits that they wanted those games banned as well!

And THAT, that right there, is the complete hypocrisy and ultimate lie of political correctness, you are free to do anything as long as it conforms to my values and beliefs and the SECOND that it doesn't? You are a monster and your game should be banned for daring to not conform to political correctness.

And according to political correctness women are NOT EQUAL, they are shrinking violets that should be treated with kid gloves. As I said there were several that had no problem with games that slaughter tens of thousands of white men, but don't you DARE shoot a woman or a protected class, because that makes you a racist sexist monster!

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RE[5]: Can't take the heat
by kwan_e on Sat 7th Dec 2013 06:07 in reply to "RE[4]: Can't take the heat"
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Do you HAVE a point? Or are you just babbling for the sake of it? And what straw man would that be?

The fact that you mention "political correctness" is a strawman. All those points you argue? No one makes them. They're mostly fabricated by the likes of you so that you can pretend to be the injured party.

I put them on the same level as the supposed "War on Christmas" and other such bullshit. This whole "political correctness gone mad" bollocks always turns out to be a fabrication and deliberate misunderstandings. And I'm also tired of cunts like you who basically downgrade EVERY spotlight on a social issue as "political correctness".

Fuck you, and fuck the George Carlin horse you came in on. You lot are nothing but George Carlin wannabes who are never really able to go beyond what he's already said on the subject, but think you are enlightened sages for repeating other people's words.

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