What an awful week for the culture that surrounds and influences video games.
That’s putting it very mildly. The people responsible for all of this – like the people who threatened a critic of the portrayal of women in games with physical/sexual violence – should be sent to jail. Especially the ‘Kevin Dobson’ character should probably be locked up in a mental institution for life.
Especially the treatment of women in the gaming industry – whether on-screen or off-screen – is absolutely horrible. As an n=1 social experiment, I often pretend to be female in my League of Legends matches, and the kind of shit you get thrown at you when you do so is disgusting.
I can shake it off because I’m actually not female – but I shudder at the thought of not being able to do so.
I’ve known many men over the years that exclusively play female characters in games for some of the dumbest reasons. I don’t understand it and likely never will. If they were actually role playing the part it would be one thing, but very very few of the ones I’ve know actually role play. Instead, they’re doing it to get a rise out of other people or so they can stare at the pixels on the screen and not feel gay (their words, not mine). Male maturity can be as rare as “real female gamers on the Internet” it seems.