But to suggest gaming is a guys-only venue? This is the exclusion of half the population from an activity that supposed to be fun. And this makes sense, how? This has been a problem since the invention of the first console. Guys, girls play games, too. Get over it. (For visual proof check out the Tumblr, real girls gaming.)
Great article! And look, she even linked here!!! <3<3<3
And also this:
Girls, it’s time to stand up, declare your love for gaming, and evict the misogynists. If you play a game – board game, internet game, computer game, console game – then you’re a gamer. Welcome to the gaming community.
YES this so very much!
It’s no secret that tensions have been extremely high in the gaming world lately, especially surrounding gender relations and prominent women in the industry. Certainly it hasn’t been the kind of environment that you’d, say, want to bumble into by means of bashing one of the most beloved women in geek culture. So, what exactly prompted Destructoid writer Ryan Perez (@PissedOffRyno) to, in his own words, “commit career suicide” and take uninformed, indignant potshots at geek cultural icon Felicia Day on Twitter Friday night just for, er, existing? It might have something to do with the recent spate of horribly misogynist outbursts against women in gaming, both fictional and real. Perhaps Perez felt a sense of solidarity with the many gamers who feel sexism is just part of the game. Perhaps he felt threatened by the rising collective voice of women and feminists who have spoken out against male-dominated gaming culture, a voice Felicia Day has increasingly come to embody. Or maybe he was “new to Twitter” and just too drunk not to realize what a horrendously bad idea this was:
Backing up, I feel like most of the hatred wasn’t even directed at ME personally, it was at this general IDEA of some “Gamer Girl” type, who, in the perceived mind of these guys, disenfranchises gamers? I dunno. Clearly a segment of guys on the internet HATE “Gamer Girls”. This is the part I don’t understand, why they are so frikkin emotional about it. They hate on this type of girl who “pretends” to game for attention.
Where is all this hate coming from?