Women gamers

Things Boys Have Said To Me In Online Games:

  • you shouldn’t be here, you’re a ‘chick’
  • girls can’t / don’t play computer games
  • I bet you’re rubbish, girls can’t game
  • ‘do u hav a web cam’
  • I’ll go easy on you
  • you must be ugly to be a girl who games
  • fat bitch always online
  • if I let you win will you skype me
  • I don’t want the girl on my team

and of course finally:

  • don’t tell me what I can and can’t say stupid feminist princess don’t come online if you don’t want to be treated this way (legit)

Now I am always one of the first to believe ‘not all men do this, not all men do that’, but the amount of harassment I have received in the world of online gaming is just unreal. Girls should be able to game without being patronized. Girls should be able to game without sex coming into the conversation. Girls should be able to game and not be insulted. Girls should be able to play what they want and do what they want online and not have sexist, objectifying, rude comments hurled at them. It’s not hard to be respectful. Live and let live.

  • Some Men: "IT'S UNREALISTIC TO HAVE WOMEN OR PEOPLE OF COLOR AS IMPORTANT CHARACTERS IN MY VIDEO GAMES! It breaks my immersion!"
  • The Same Men: "That female character HAS AN IN-GAME LORE REASON FOR WEARING A BIKINI INTO BATTLE."
  • The Same Men: GAMES ARE SUPPOSED TO BE FUN, why does it matter if anyone else likes it and has fun except for me?! Keep your SJW bullshit out of my games!
  • The Same Men: People are too sensitive! IT'S JUST A GAME. Who cares how a character looks as long as it's cool?!
  • The Same Men: MEI'S BUTT IS NOT A GLITCH IT'S INTENTIONAL.

The Chainmail Bikini Kickstarter is live!!!

Chainmail Bikini is an anthology of comics by and about female gamers! 40 cartoonists have contributed comics about the games they’re passionate about—from video games to table-top role-playing to collectible card games. We’re using Kickstarter to raise the money to print Chainmail Bikini as a 200+ page perfect-bound book, and reward the artists.

Chainmail Bikini is edited by Hazel Newlevant, and features comics by exciting talents like Molly Ostertag, Yao Xiao, Annie Mok, Jane Mai, Mia Schwartz, and Carey Peitsch, and groundbreaking game developers anna anthropy and merritt kopas.

For a complete list of contributors, check out the Kickstarter page. If you can’t donate, a reblog or retweet helps! THANK YOU!

Men who harass women online are quite literally losers, new study finds

“Michael Kasumovic and Jeffrey Kuznekoff, researchers at the University of New South Wales and Miami University, respectively…watched how men treated women during 163 plays of the video game Halo 3.

As they watched the games play out and tracked the comments that players made to each other, the researchers observed that — no matter their skill level, or how the game went — men tended to be pretty cordial to each other. Male players who were good at the game also tended to pay compliments to other male and female players.

Some male players, however — the ones who were less-skilled at the game, and performing worse relative their peers — made frequent, nasty comments to the female gamers. In other words, sexist dudes are literally losers.”

Read the full piece here

Darling Inspirational Woman #94 - Anita Sarkeesian

I came across Anita Sarkeesian in a recent Guardian article. Whilst at University, Anita started ‘Feminist Frequency’, a non-profit video web series. Not being a 'gamer’ myself, I’m only aware of the computer games that make the headlines. However I am aware (as a teacher) just how many teenagers and their parents play games on a daily basis. Anita’s Feminist Frequency series had initially looked at the portrayal of women in pop culture generally, and then in 2012 she wanted to discuss the portrayal of female characters in games. She launched a Kickstarter project to raise $6,000 to fund the videos. Following the publication of the series, she immediately became a target for harassment and threats. She has received rape and death threats; had her online accounts hacked; had videos made about her life; bomb threats and more. She has since gone into hiding but is not willing to give up. She is continuing to question the misogyny within the games world. Her Kickstarter project total is now up to $160,000. She has received praise from the gaming industry but she responds by asking what they are going to do about it. The gaming industry is much bigger, in terms of income, than Hollywood.

I think Anita is an amazing role model, for such a young woman to take this on and continue her work, despite the threats and abuse she has suffered just for opening up the debate.

Picture credit: Wikipedia

Felicia Day: The Only Thing I Have To Say About Gamer Gate

“I know it feels good to belong to a group, to feel righteous in belonging to a cause, but causing fear and pushing people away from gaming is not the way to go about doing it. Think through the repercussions of your actions and the people you are aligning yourself with. And think honestly about whether your actions are genuinely going to change gaming life for the better. Or whether they’re just going to make someone cross the street away from you. And away from something, ironically, that we both love.”

Read the full piece here

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Women in video games! I had tried to finish this for International Women’s Day, but here it is now. :D

And before I get comments about “why didn’t you include so-and-so,” “what about so-and-so?” etc., there are a ton of awesome ladies in the video game industry, but I limited myself to ten.  So I tried to have a good, diverse cross-section of different women, but I know I left a lot of people off.  If there is someone you admire who wasn’t included here, reblog this post and add them!  I want this to be a post all about women in gaming.